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Old 07-16-2008, 02:45 PM
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Model 700 Rem SPS Stainless chambered in 270. I have had this gun for about a year now and have been shooting Core-Loct through it primarily and am not too impressed with the bullets grouping or performance.

I was thinking about getting into doing some reloads for it, but the expense of reloadingreally doesnt meet my needs as a hunter who is limited to whereI can even use a rifle vs my slug gun.

The 130gr Core-Loct i get about a 3in group @100 yrds with them off bags. Ive even let more experienced shooters shoot it and they get about the same grouping. I have a VX1 Scope as well.

The DeerI was able to take last yearI had one bullet perform very well and the other not so well.

I decided to call sierra's reloading hotline to see what type of load and bullet weight they would recomend for accuracy and putting meat on the table. The told me to look into a higher quality jacketflat based 130gr round. They recomended their pro hunter bullet in 130gr.

I guess what i am looking for is who makes a better 130gr Soft point flat basedbullet in a factory load? Federal offers the nosler partition, but that is slightly over kill for whitetail. I know federal premiumuses some sierra loads, but only in boat tail. I was thinking about just buyin a box of hornaday 130s and winchester 130s to see what they shoot like, but at $30 a box i guess this could get a lil pricy.

Any suggestions on this matter?
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Old 07-16-2008, 02:52 PM
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First of all your going to have to try out different brands until you find one that shoots well from your rifle. Every rifle will shoot differently and by the way every brand and type of bullet doesn't preform perfect every time. Core-lokts are excellent bullets and have probably taken more deer then just about any other on the planet. 3'' in my opinion is not acceptable so start trying for better, the winchester powerpoints will kill a deer just as fast. Start out with the cheaper ammo if you need to watch cost and work your way up. I think the sierra guy was trying to sell you the deer can't tell the difference between a flat base or a boattail.
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:31 PM
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My brother has 2-.270s, a Remington and a Ruger...Both are sighted in 2 inches high at 100 with the Federal Premium Sierra GameKing SPBT 130gr bullet...Both guns shoot into 1 1/2 to 1 1/4 inches...Between them they have killed about 100 deer and a black bear...I know it's not a flat based bullet, but it works...
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Old 07-16-2008, 03:56 PM
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See i think he under sold me. I asked about ballistic and boat tails and he told me they come apart alot faster than the normal soft point with a flat base. I rarely make a shot over 150 yrds that is why he primarily told me to lean towards the flat based bullets.

I only get to rifle hunt maybe 5 times a year...the rest is with a bow or slug gun.

I believe you are right about the core loct killing alot of deer. I just would like to get some better accuracy and some more consistant performance out of the bullet. I am not confident in the remington if i have to line up on a trophy whitetail...$2.00 a shot is nothing for piece of mind in the woods. I am just tryin to get to the point where i no longer am worried about my rifle accuracy or the bullet performance that is going to take the time and some $$...UnlessI get lucky....lol
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:17 PM
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See i think he under sold me. I asked about ballistic and boat tails and he told me they come apart alot faster than the normal soft point with a flat base. I rarely make a shot over 150 yrds that is why he primarily told me to lean towards the flat based bullets.

I only get to rifle hunt maybe 5 times a year...the rest is with a bow or slug gun.

I believe you are right about the core loct killing alot of deer. I just would like to get some better accuracy and some more consistant performance out of the bullet. I am not confident in the remington if i have to line up on a trophy whitetail...$2.00 a shot is nothing for piece of mind in the woods. I am just tryin to get to the point where i no longer am worried about my rifle accuracy or the bullet performance that is going to take the time and some $$...UnlessI get lucky....lol
Are you sure its the ammo?

Action screws tight, scope mounts tight, clean barrel, free floated barrel?
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:22 PM
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I agree with the thought that your going to have to do your homework and start shooting some different bullets through your gun to see what shootsbest through it. Even different weight core lokts could shoot better than the 130's you have tried. It is trial and error until you find the right load and brand.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:27 PM
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I asked about ballistic and boat tails and he told me they come apart alot faster than the normal soft point with a flat base.
He is correct in telling you this. A boat tail bullet tends to shed the jacket easier than a flat based bullet.

Some good but inexpensive factory ammo include Federal Power shock, Winchester Super-X, Hornady soft point.
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:28 AM
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I agree with the thought that your going to have to do your homework and start shooting some different bullets through your gun to see what shootsbest through it. Even different weight core lokts could shoot better than the 130's you have tried. It is trial and error until you find the right load and brand.
+1.

I tried tons of different ammo in all my rifles, with varied results. Finally, I started paying attention, & realized that each of my rifles seemed to prefer a particular weight of bullets, regardless of brand:
.30-'06 = 165 grain
7x57 = 174 grain
.243 = 85 grain
.223 = 64 grain

I used to obsess that if I wasn't shooting 220g bullets out of my '06, I wouldn't get the John. C. Holmes-like penetration that I wanted on my elk hunt. Still, with 2½" groups, I wasn't comfortable using 220's on my trip. So, I went with 165's, & the elk got just as dead.

Just from the Remington site, I see they have 100, 115, 130, 140, & 150 grain offerings in .270 Win. I'd check the 150's first, 'cause they'll be cheaper than the premium bullets in the 140 range. Once you find a weight that your rifle seems to like, then you can check different brands. FWIW, none of my rifles seem to prefer one brand over another in their "favored" range of bullet weight.

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Old 07-17-2008, 06:32 AM
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I have had good luck with the Hornady 130 gr spire point out of my Remmy 270 which did not like the corelokt at all.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:14 AM
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I think what i am going to do is buy a box of hornaday SP 130s and 150s and see how the gun likes those....if it doesnt improve try another factory load...and so on...might cost me $120 to get 4 or 5 boxes of ammo, but in the end i should be fairly familiar with my rifle and what it likes.


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