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Saw the post about the 25-06 and it got me thinking. I am back into rifle hunting as of this year and have acquired a .270 . A couple of people have told me that they don't like the caliber and deer usually run off after getting shot with it. I was under the impression that it was an excellent caliber for deer!!!!????? People, please help me to feel better about my rifle. I thought it was very popular and the ballistics look more than adequate. I want first hand accounts from any .270 hunters. What kind of bullets...performance...etc.. Please.
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   whunter29
I own one and deer do run off from time to time. But I have seen this happen with 7mags and 30-06 so I believe you will be ok. I have dropped deer in their tracks with mine as well. Its like anything else shot placement and bullet choice is the key. I either shoot the federal premium or the remington core lokt in 130 grain. I have dropped five deer in their tracks and had to blood trail another 12 or so using these bullets. Blood trailing is very easy when shot in the kill zone.
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love my .270, been hunting with mine for years. i've stopped a few in their tracks, and had a few run (not far though). all depends on where you stick 'em at, hell they'll run after being struck by a 7mag if you can't shoot worth a crap. all depends on where you place the scope. i use a 150 grain and have no complaints at all abbout my .270. it is a great caliber.
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   Dr. Death
I use 150 grain federal sierra boatail. heavy load, but it does the job 200 yrds in. I've never lost a deer yet. Love my .270
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   Darbster
I personally have dropped plenty of deer with my .270. The few that run do not run more than 25 feet. I have never lost a deer with my .270, I shoot the federal BTSP 135 grains. The only people I hear have problems are the ones who shoot ballistic tips. And again as mentioned by others shot placement is important.
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I'd say that the 270 is one of the most if not the most popular gun used one deer in this nation!!!i own one and i love it i have killed six deer with it and dropped five and the 6th was shot in the heart and didnt even make it out of the food plot. So if i would feel nothing but confidence going into the woods with a 270!
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   7mmkilla
150 gr nosler bal tip in the lungs = red snot outta the nose and dead deer on the ground..in 9 of 10 shots where they stand.

right bullet ..right shot placment

we shoot the hornady 140 gr interlock lightmag with the 270 and have been dropping them with shoulder and lung shots.
real happy with this load.

the worst bullet on this thread is dr death;s 150 gr siearra boat tail psp. they have great penetration. but lack knock down punch. deer will run for a 100 yards after a lung shot. high shoulder hits stumble them hard but they will still run.

130 gr rem core loc ( good )
140 gr hornady interloc in light mag ( awsome)
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   zekeman
I have shot my .270 for 6 years now and i have never lost a deer either. I shoot 130 grain bullet. I have moved to UT now and killed a nice mule deer at better than 200 yards and it will put down and Elk with the same 130 grain bullet. If anyone tells you that you need more power i would not listen. Elk season starts Oct 6th so i will post you some picutes then.
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   ZPL
I have been using 130 grain Federal Vital Shock Ballistic Tips and never had a deer run more than 15 yards, most of them drop in their tracks. These bullets are best for vital area placement, because the expansion destroys everything in its path, turning roast into ground venison.
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   birdnest
Thanks guys, I really knew this deep down inside. But when someone puts doubt in your mind it makes you think too much.
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   POP PA-T
You don't have to worry ,Myself and son have hunted with a 270 for many, many years and don't plan to change rifles. Yes I do own other rifles with other calibers but alway go back to the 270.But the only bullet we shoot from our 270's is Nosler Partition bullets.Best bullet made, best results. If placement of shot is right, then they will die. Have a good hunting season.
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   gauger
Lose no sleep. The ol' .270 will kill a deer dead. The round is made for the 130 gr bullet and one of the best is the ol' Remington Core Lokt. Learn to shoot and shoot well. You will not be undergunned with a .270.
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   birdnest
Cool. Thanks everyone.
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Have no fear Birdnest. You have a great gun. One of the best calibers for deer. Like someone said earlier....it's all in the shot placement. I shoot Federal Vital Shock bullets and really like them. Dropped a 250 lb. boar and quite a bit of deer in their tracks. And the ones that ran off left a nice blood trail and didn't go very far. Good Luck and post some pictures of your kills with that gun.
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   Bobby B
Birdnest let me start by saying this with bullet placement you can kill a deer with a 22 rifle. It is all about bullet placement and I have friends that swear by the 270 and kill deer in their tracks everytime. Great choice just chose good ammo and go from there. Spend a lot of time and know exactly where your bullet is going to hit and you will not have to track a deer.
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   caintigo
i shoot a .270 shortmag by browning. i feel that it gets the job done just worderfully. and by the way, what is a .270's downfall when it comes to (Deer) hunting?
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I've been hunting with a .270 for years and have lost a few deer. I was gonna switch but first decided I'd try new loads. Switched to Accubonds and have dropped the last 12 deer in their tracks. No switching here. I even dropped a pretty old cow elk in her tracks at 150 yards too.
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never had a deer run off when shot with my 270 135 grain they all dropped in there tracks. if they are running off its because of poor shot placement
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My son has a .270 and I have always reloaded 130 grain Sierra boattails for him. He now thinks that this bullet is for long range shooting which we don't do any of. He thinks he need a 150 grain for 50 to 100 yard shots. Any suggestions or comments on this and anybody recommend a bullet?
Thanks and Good Luck.
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   baddog69
hey show him the ballistics on the chart between the 2 , the 130 is a short range bullet just as good as the 150 .
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BADDOG, Thanks for the reply, I will.
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   LONG GUN
LOOK AT THE 140 GR HORNADY INTERLOCK...
WE BEEN SHOOTIN IT FOR 2 YEARS NOW.. THIS ROUND IS AWSOME.
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love my .270.been shooting it 10 years now.very flat and fast.i have a browning a-bolt.i agree that the hornady 140 grain is the best bullet.all i can tell you is that i have never had a deer go more than 20-30 yards.i have killed deer still hunting and running dogs and i have never had an issue with one "getting away".i think that the key is shot placement.take some time and practice.no one likes to do that any more.shoot 2-3 boxes before you ever hunt and you should be fine.
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   elmo2
I have a 270 Weatherby. Pulled it out again this last season to take a buck. You are not under gunned with a 270. Mine likes certain bullets though. Find out which bullet your gun shoots the best & go with it. Then the rest is up to you.
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   MallardZ
Excellent caliber to deer hunt with. I am shooting a Barnes X bullet of 130 gr. and it is deadly. None have walked away after being hit with this bullet. Federal now loads this round in the Fed. Premium. This bullet really opens up a hole! I will be handloading it for my .300 WSM soon as well as my son's 30-06.
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