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king1138 09-27-2009 01:21 AM

Elk hunting with a .270
Just curious of everyone's opinion, elk hunting with a .270, 130 grain or 150 grain?

king1138 09-27-2009 01:46 AM

I was thinking the 150 would be the way to go, but I was curious what other people think.

Moss99 09-27-2009 02:06 AM

The load with more energy... most likely the 150. With a .270 on an elk either will be a little on the light side so in my opinion shot placement is more important than anything. You may want to wear good boots too, chances are you will be following a blood trail.

king1138 09-27-2009 02:30 AM

Doing some Wiki research, the 130 and 150 grain have almost identical energies, but the 130 has a much higher velocity. Would there be much of a benefit to go with a higher velocity round?

dls56 09-27-2009 02:38 AM

Go with whatever shoots best out of your rifle. The shot placement is always the greatest determining factor for humane / quick kills. Good luck and good hunting.

davemccarthy707 09-27-2009 06:15 AM

The 130 will hold the energy longer. I took down a 1000 lb 17 point bull moose at 200 yards with the remington core lokt 130 grain. Although I did take him right thru the heart. The rifle was a winchester ranger (model 70 style)

stalkingbear 09-27-2009 01:30 PM

Yall seem to be forgetting a VERY important point-the weight of the bullet (and energy) takes a back seat to the construction of the bullet. For example a Nosler partition of lighter weight will be MUCH better than a heavier Ballistic Tip on elk. Just get some premium bullets that feature controlled expansion (preferably bonded core). You're going to need much more penetration than with whitetail so stick with a bullet that will penetrate as well as expand. Nosler partition, barnes, Winchester bonded, Trophy Bear Claw, among others are excellent construction for elk.

RL357Mag 09-27-2009 02:47 PM


Originally Posted by davemccarthy707 (Post 166248)
The 130 will hold the energy longer.

Wrong! All things being equal, a heavier bullet will ALWAYS retain more energy at greater distances than a lighter bullet travelling at the same velocity, and it will drop less because of this - simple physics...

Kinetic Energy = Mass of bullet x Velocity (Squared) / 2

therefore, as bullet mass increases, so does K.E.
A 130 gr. .277 cal bullet travelling 2800 ft/sec has 2262ft.lbs at the muzzle and 1295ft.lbs at 300 yds.
A 150 gr. 277 cal bullet travelling 2800 ft/sec has 2610 ft.lbs at the muzzle and 1686 ft. lbs at 300 yds.

30-30remchester 09-27-2009 03:27 PM

STALKINGBEAR is a wise man listen to him. I was an elk guide for 9 years and have seen over 100 elk taken. These are large animals and often give less than ideal angles to shoot at. They dont just walk to your food plot and stand broadside. Bullet construction is parimount second only to proper bullet placement. I have only taken 3 elk with a 270 Win. and always used 150 grain Nosler Partitions with excellent results and never had a bullet fail to give total penatration and exit.

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