Thoughts on the 270 winchester...

rookie7

Sergeant
Jan 26, 2009
551
53
28
Georgia
#1
Evening,

I hope - or maybe it already exists - that bullet manufacturers will one day produce high BC long-range hunting bullets for the 270.

Maybe I’m wrong, but if I were headed out west to chase elk or mule deer I would rather have a 26” 270 pushing a relatively heavy high bc bullet over shooting a magnum.

Might need a 1 in 8 twist barrel.

OR... some of you western gents may already be doing this.
 

Travclem

Dr. Dickweed
Jul 14, 2013
374
214
43
Lubbock, TX
#2
Berger has a 170gr out, but I'd rather be pushing it out of a 27 Nosler than a .270win for elk. That said, I killed my bull in CO this year with a 140gr from a 6.5x284.
 

Maxduty

Quae Moriatur
Mar 8, 2014
398
708
93
Oklahoma
#3
I think lack of varying bullet weights have killed the .270 as a round to experiment with. The recoil is nearly comparable to the 30-06 (a proven round) and the availability of lighter .25 caliber rounds makes that platform more open to playing with charges and bullet weights. It will always be a staple caliber for sure, but there have always been better options, either smaller or larger, that are better supported.
 

XLR308

Sergeant of the Hide
Mar 22, 2018
1,465
1,174
113
Grand Junction, Colorado
#4
Take a look at the 145eldx , it has a .536 bc and no need for a special twist rate.
The factory load with it is stating 2970 fps from a 24" test barrel and see no reason that handloads couldn't easily be pushed beyond that.
That seems like a pretty potent recipe to me in a non magnum caliber.
 
Feb 20, 2017
917
294
63
#5
Take a look at the 145eldx , it has a .536 bc and no need for a special twist rate.
The factory load with it is stating 2970 fps from a 24" test barrel and see no reason that handloads couldn't easily be pushed beyond that.
That seems like a pretty potent recipe to me in a non magnum caliber.
Im stacking rounds on factory rem model 783 with ELD-X...

With a .270 of course
 
Likes: XLR308

kraigWY

CMP GSM MI
Feb 10, 2006
2,267
95
48
71
Wyoming
#7
The 270 is my go to elk rifle, (FN made Model 70 Featherweight). It has a 24 inch barrel, dont think I'd want a longer one.

I like the Eldx in my 6.5, havent tried them in my 270. I love the Hornady 150 gr. IBs, except Hornady doesnt make them any more.

They are pricy but they have the same bc as the 150 SST so I use them for practice and banging steel. I'll save my IBs for hunting as long as they last. I only load them to 2800 FPS, never seen the need to shoot them faster
 
Last edited:
Likes: XLR308
Feb 13, 2017
669
349
63
#8
I'd be willing to bet that the 270 WIN has killed more elk than everyone on this site has ever seen , combined. It's not the perfect choice for everyone but it'll damn sure get it done in the majority of situations.
 
Oct 17, 2013
369
58
28
Morehead, KY
#9
That is my opinion too. 270 is flatter than the 30/06 and the same weight bullet has a better BC. It is not the "Best" for many applications but it is very versatile for a lot of applications from varmints to elk or moose. If I was going Grizzly hunting on purpose I think I would choose something else but if I was to encounter a belligerent griz and all I had was a 270 because I was deer hunting, I would not feel unprotected. I have a friend who hunted with a 270WSM and the plain ole 270 Win is not that much slower than the mag and has a ton less muzzle blast and recoil. I would not hesitate to hunt Elk with the 270 but we don't have those long long shots here in KY like they do out west. I have killed more deer with mine than any other caliber including 308, 44mag and 30/06. But all of those work fine on deer too.
 
Likes: rookie7
Mar 24, 2017
500
287
63
Wisconny
#10
the 270 win is my favorite caliber. i get 2900fps with the 150 nosler ballistic tips....out of my 22 inch m77 ruger. i just picked up a no.1B with a 26 inch barrel....it is shorter overall length than my m77. i can’t wait to shoot it....see if it is as accuarate and what kind of velocities i get with the extra 4 inches.
 
Likes: rookie7
Mar 24, 2017
500
287
63
Wisconny
#11
There are caliber’s with higher b.c.’s and velocities....i also shoot a 300wsm. believe it or not, the 270 drops them where they stand with my load, the 300wsm deer run a bit. It is an excellent combination of killing power and everything else the north american hunter needs.
 
Likes: rookie7

Jmcmath

New Hide Member
Mar 9, 2018
92
89
18
Raleigh, NC
#12
What’s the reasoning for not wanting a magnum? 7RM is simple, easy to find, and isn’t going to beat you up like a weatherby if that’s your worry.
 

OLD308

Sergeant of the Hide
Jun 8, 2018
125
62
28
#13
130 grain Serria Game Kings have yet to let my brother in law down. I built him a 270 (he’s recoil sensitive) years ago. Inside 300 yards with a well placed shot it’s game over. As a matter of sad/funny fact, his first elk was taken with the game king. Not the bullet (Partision) I loaded for him. I have never seen the need to go another way for him. I personal prefer the 7RM, but that’s why they make different calibers, so we will buy more stuff that effectively does the same thing.
 

Caveman0101

New Hide Member
Mar 16, 2018
82
54
18
#14
150 gr Nosler Accubond Long Range .591 G1 BC performs down to 1300fps will do the job out to 1000+ yards. We've taken 19 elk with them since they came out in 264, 284, 308 cal best hunting bullet I've ever used.