- Category: General Hunting and Shooting
- Created on Thursday, 20 May 2010 17:46
- Written by The DIY Hunter
Below are my favorite loads for the 270 WSM. To view the loads you will need to read the warning near the bottom of the page, then accept the warning by checking the box inside the warning
My favorite close range load (300 yards and under) is the 130g Barnes Triple Shock. However at longer ranges although very accurate, I just don't get the expansion and performance on elk like I want to see. It's taken one shot kills on cow elk out to 608 yards but it has also required multiple boiler room shots on elk in the 360 to 555 yard range with bullets zipping in one shoulder and out the other, all the way out to 608 yards. I'll bet the MRX and the Tipped Triple Shock expand better at longer ranges. The Tipped Triple shock has done wonders on elk with the 243 WSSM but again, I'm not entirely comfortable with expansion past 350 yards. You can read more about my thoughts on the Triple Shock in my Recovered Triple Shock Bullet journal entry.
At 300 yards and beyond I'm leaning towards the 140g Nosler AccuBond load. These bullets are equally as accurate as the Triple Shocks however, at closer ranges and at the extremely high velocity from my 28" barreled Model 1885, this bullet has disintegrated. You can read about that in my 2009 Cow Elk Hunt journal entry. Since the AccuBond is going a hundred and fifty feet slower in my new X-Bolt it should hold together better at shorter ranges although I still am going to opt for sliding bullets behind the shoulder of elk to be safe. I'm thinking it might be the all-around bullet to drop deer and elk at any reasonable range.
Here are some hunts with the 140g Accubond Handload
- 2010 Elk Hunt — 5x5 Bull with X-Bolt 270 WSM
- 2010 Mule Deer Hunt — Last Day Busted G2 Buck with X-Bolt 270 WSM
- Dallen takes a 4x5 bull elk in 2012 with the 140 Gr. Accubond
|Where's the lead? Whats left of a recovered 150 Gr. Accubond Long Range bullet from Dallen's 2013 Utah bull elk. Isn't the lead supposed to be bonded to the copper?|
Here's my experiences with the 150 Gr. Accubond Long Range Bullet
- See how the bullet performs or should I say disintegrates when Dallen shoots a six point bull during the 2013 Utah youth elk hunt.
- Dallen shoots a nice mule deer in 2013 with a 270 WSM and a 150 Gr. Accubond Long Range bullet.
I'm probably just a little too demanding. Or... actually, I think that I just like to tinker. If I shot the same bullet and rifle all my life I would miss out on all the fun experimenting with the different flavors of bullets and rifles. Having vanilla ice cream all the time is a little boring for me. I know the old faithful Nolser Partition is probably the best all-around bullet ever made for taking big game at almost any range but, where would the fun be if I didn't get to experiment with Rocky Road or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough?
With general duplex rifle scopes I like to sight-in my big game rifles two and a half inches high at 100 yards. Depending on the load and rifle listed below, shooting at a 7 inch target I get max-point-blank ranges between 335 and 370 yards. At 600 yards the drop is between 33 and 45 inches low, depending again on the rifle and load. From 0 to 400 yards I can hold on an elk or deer with no hold over required. Now, I do hold on the lower part of the shoulders for basically a heart shot when I am in the 100-200 yard range and I hold for a higher shoulder shot in the 400 yard range.
In 2013 I have been switching my rifle scopes over to Vortex Viper scopes with both hold-over aiming points and target turret elevation turrets. I then sight my rifles in for 100 yards and either use the hold-over aiming marks for quick shots or dial in the exact distance for the conditions using Strelok Android App on my phone. See what my X-Bolt 270 WSM looks like with a 20 MOA rail and a Vortex Viper HS LR rifle scope in 2013.
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|Bullet||Powder||Primer||COAL||Barrel Length||Muzzle Velocity||Notes|
|150 Gr. Berger VLD||66.4 Grains, Hodgdon H1000||WLRM||2.7930-2.7950||28"||3130 fps||Very accurate.|
|150 Gr. Nosler Accubond LR||58.5 Grains, IMR 4350||WLRM||2.8625-2.8635||23"||3034 fps||Sub MOA, The COAL is slightly over the "Max" of 2.86 but it feeds just fine in my X-Bolt.|
|130 Gr. Barnes Triple Shock||74.5 Grains, Accurate MagPro||WLRM||2.80||28"||3400 fps||Sub MOA|
|Same load as above with Model 70||24"||3275 fps||Sub MOA|
|140 Gr. Nosler AccuBond||74 Grains, Accurate MagPro||WLRM||2.787||28"||3460 fps||Sub MOA|
|Same load as above with X-Bolt Stainless Stalker||23"||3330 fps||Sub MOA.|