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Old 10-03-2007, 09:02 AM
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I own a .270 win and am gonna be shooting 130 gr Fusions but was thinking abouts using 150 gr for shooting from my blind. My bait is only bout 90 yards away so it wont have any drop does anyone see anything wrong with using 150 gr when i normally use 130s. I just thought that it would have a lil extra knock down power. And i will be hunting whitetail and mule deer from this blind. Also can anyone comment on how these bullets work on animals and which grain. Thx
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Old 10-03-2007, 09:20 AM
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At the ranges your talking about I doubt it would make a bit of difference. I'd shoot the one that was most accurate in your rifle. Both will kill deer with aplumb.
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:41 AM
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Hi Browning.270, you are talking my favorite caliber, Bob is right on regarding the point that either grain of bullet will do the job. If you already use the 130 gr. I do not think that you need to change. I have shot bear, moose and elk with 130 gr. nosler partitions and have made had great success. Some believe that the 130 gr bullet is the pet load for the win. 270. I have personally never used a another grain of bullet in the 270 and I have always used the same powder for that weight of bullet.
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:46 PM
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As an interesting sidelight to what Sask boy said over the past 45 years of hunting I've shot several different caliber guns. It seems that when I find a load that works well I don't usually shoot anything else.

I know that there are lots of bullets out there for the 30 caliber guns, but for my 308 I've got a very accurate 150 grain load using Sierra bullets and have used nothing else or for that matter found anything else that is as accurate or kills as well.

For my 8mm Rem mag it stays on a steady diet of 220 grain Sierra boat tails. I haven't played enough yet with the 280 Remington, but It looks like one of Hornedy's bonded 140's is going to be the ticket for it.

It's funny how one of the big advertising points of a specific caliber is the wide range of bullets offered for that specific bore diameter, such as 30 caliber or .284 and how little that really matters if you have a load that kills well and is accurate in your specific gun.

It's nice to know that we have a good verity of bullets, but it's also nice to know how well a specific bullet/powder combination works. Kinda like knowing what an old friend will do without having to ask.

Good point Sask boy.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:34 PM
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At 90 yards, the 130's will provide plenty of knockdown power. In fact, you may be better off with a lighter bullet running at higher speeds (and expanding a bit more) because it will dump all or almost all of it's energy into the deer. I know my mule deer hit with a 270 and 130 grain bullet at about 75 yards fell immediately, got up and took about two steps before falling down for the last time. I don't see any "need" to change to anything else for deer.

I've personally never shot anything other than 130 grain Powerpoints at deer because they've shot so well (under an inch @ 100 consistently with factory loads). I handload now, and I've been tinkering with loads for GameKings, Ballistic Silvertips, and Partions (all 130 grainers), though I don't know when I'll use them. I want to draw some blood with my 308 first, which I only shoot 165 grain bullets in.

I guess I also stick with one bullet weight in each caliber once I find what works. My 223 only shoots 52-55 grain bullets, because I tried a lot of stuff from 40-50 grains with no success.

If you feel the urge to try the heavier bullets, there's no reason why you can't, but definitely make sure they shoot well first. My 308 is a great example of why. I only tried two factory loads in it before going to strictly handloading. 150 grain CoreLokts shot right around an inch @ 100 yards for 3 shots. 180 grain Power Points struggled to stay under 6 inches at the same distance. The same rifle has put lots of loads with 165 grain handloads into .6" or less for 3 shots.

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Old 10-03-2007, 08:03 PM
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I can't speak about the Fusion bullets but I know that in many other brands the 150 gr. .270 bullets are built tougher for larger game like elk.

My father had one bad experience with a 150 gr. and a smallish whitetail back in the 1960s. It simply did not expand. It went from chest to hambone where it lay among the busted bone, looking almost as good as before he fired.

He has used 130 gr. bullets exclusively ever since for deer and antelope.
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