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ABOLT 270 130 OR 140 GRAIN BULLETS

Old 10-26-2005, 09:46 PM
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i will be deer hunting down in alabama this january with a browning abolt II in a 270. i sighted my gun in with the 130 grain federal ballistic tip bullets. what advantages do the 140 grain bullets offer over 130 grain bullets? most shots will be under 200 yards.
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Old 10-26-2005, 09:54 PM
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140 grain wont make any difference at all on whitetails. however, i think you have a poor choice in the ballistic tip. The ballistic tip bullets don't hold up well on bone. Go to something that its stronger. My recommendation:Hornady 130 gr. Interbond-polymer tipped bullet that's strong as hell. I've killed 8 or 9 with them, best bullet i've used so far. the Federal 130 grain Barnes Triple Shock X Bullet is supposed to be devastating, worth giving a try. I'd really shy away from the ballistic tip though, they really don't hold together well.
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Old 10-26-2005, 10:26 PM
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I agree with the recommendation to shy away from the 130 gr ballistic tip. My son has been shooting the Winchester 130 gr ballistic silvertips, and we have had to blood trail almost every deer. Ibought them for my son because the 150 gr ballistic silvertips have performed flawlessly in my 300 WSM. I bought him some 140 gr Accubonds to try this season. Good luck with your choice and happy hunting.
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:02 PM
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I don't agree...well to a point. I have pretty much owned a 270 sinceI started hunting, my current one is a abolt SS Stalker. The 130gr NBT has accounted for the majority of my deer and antelope harvests. Yes if you hit bone expect some damage but if you put it in the lungs that deer ain't going anywhere and the damage isn't a concern. I have shot game from 30 yards to over 400 with the NBT, never lossing an animal and the furthest I have tracked one was150-200 yards after a poor shot from mio! The majority have dropped well within 50 though. It is still my preferred bullet as I like the ribs shot. Now if you plan on shooting for the pins or tend to crowd the front endor seeing you really don't need long range benefitsa bullet such as Partition, Accubond, Barnes, etc might be a better choice. However if your aiming behind the front legs aka: ribs then you need not worry your federal NBTs will do the job admirably.

I don't use my 270 much anymore but the NBT still continues to be my deer load. I have taken a few of our large bodied bucks through the shoulders with my 7mm rem mag and 150NBT's without issue, but with this placement expect some damage!
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:05 PM
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thanks for the good info guys. i do have a box of 130 grain barnes x bullets from black hills ammo . i will plan to use those this january.
thanks again jaime
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Old 10-27-2005, 09:47 AM
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When switching from a conventional bullet to a Barnes X you need to clean your rifle barrel completely void of copper & powder fouling. The Barnes is a pure copper bullet and the gilding metal jacket fouling of the ballistic tip will only cause the Barnes to foul heavily. You will also need to readjust your scope for the Barnes bullets as point of impact probably won't be the same at the ballistic tip. I've used both bullets and had good success with both. If you like shooting in the kill zone behind the shoulder I would use the BT. If you like shooting in the shoulder I would use the Barnes. I would stay away from the Barnes if shooting in the rib area because unless you encounter a rib it has been my experience the Barnes passes through with little or no expansion.
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Old 10-27-2005, 11:09 AM
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Screw them light loads, go with a 165grain Federal Premium. We have been using these for many many many years and have had better luck with tese than with any other bullet on the market.
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Old 10-27-2005, 11:17 AM
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There is no magic caliber, and no magic bullet. But if there were I would be inclined to nominate the .270 caliber and the 130 grain bullet for the honors. Perhaps no other caliber has compiled, with a single bullet weight, such an outstanding record on such a variety of animals at all ranges. The key to the success of all four of the principal .270 calibers is a blend of flat trajectory coupled with versatility and manageable recoil that is pretty hard to match, let alone beat.
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Old 10-27-2005, 01:26 PM
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I have an A-Bolt stainless stalker in 7mm rem mag.I agree that the ballistic tip is not the best bullet choice. For the past couple of years I have shot Hornady 139gr BTSP at whitetail and they were devastating. This year I triedthe Hornady SST. This past weekend I shot a buck at about 50 yds head on.The SSTresults were awful. I found metal throughout the deer. I would definitely try something besides a ballistic tip.
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Old 10-27-2005, 02:25 PM
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I have killed close to 40 head of big game with the ballistic tips in several chamberings and not one animal covered 50 yards after being hit.With proper bullet placement,they do a fine job on deer sized game.
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