270 WSM bullets for elk

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270 WSM bullets for elk

hoping to draw cow tags for montana this fall. Is there a particular round that anybody recommends for the 270 WSM on an elk?

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now are these bullets for reloading or ammo i can buy off the shelf to shoot?
i guess i should have specified.
i don't reload so i would be looking for plug and play ammo.

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now are these bullets for reloading or ammo i can buy off the shelf to shoot?
i guess i should have specified.
i don't reload so i would be looking for plug and play ammo.

Scheels has Barnes TTSX (rounds), or you can order them from Cabelas or most anywhere else. I shot my bull two years ago with 130 grain .270. Went about 7 yards and died. Big, old bull. TTSX's really hold together has been my experience. To the point that I have complete pass through's on all the deer I've shot in the last couple years. Including a quartering to doe that I held high in the shoulder to anchor. Bullet came out opposite rt rear quarter.

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 110 TTSX,130 TTSX or 129 LRX. Take your pick.

I currently shoot 110 TTSX at 3700 out of mine, I would love to whack a bull with one just to see.  I don't believe it would fair well for the bull.

If I were starting from scratch I'd probably opt for the 130 or 129 for elk, just because.  

 

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I wonder what it would do to a prairie dog. 


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DirtyMike Said:
I wonder what it would do to a prairie dog. 

Killed, tenderized and cooked, all with one shot. All you gotta do is grab a straw.

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DirtyMike Said:
I wonder what it would do to a prairie dog. 

Nothing enjoyable compared to thin jacketed ballistic tips.

 

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I suppose a nice mushrooming bullet would do a bit more damage.  I should probably invest more time into choosing types of ammo.  I usually just grab whatever off the shelf or have a family friend reload for me.  Now I want to kill prairie dogs. 


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DirtyMike Said:
I wonder what it would do to a prairie dog. 

Nothing enjoyable compared to thin jacketed ballistic tips.

yep

 

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DirtyMike Said:
I suppose a nice mushrooming bullet would do a bit more damage.  I should probably invest more time into choosing types of ammo.  I usually just grab whatever off the shelf or have a family friend reload for me.  Now I want to kill prairie dogs. 

Don't fool yourself. The 6-9 foot cartwheels happen when things don't expand real well. And when there a little on the naive' side you can get the 3-4 for one side profile shot.

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You sound like you know what you're talking about.  Now I'm stuck on youtube watching exploding pdogs.

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DirtyMike Said:
I suppose a nice mushrooming bullet would do a bit more damage.  I should probably invest more time into choosing types of ammo.  I usually just grab whatever off the shelf or have a family friend reload for me.  Now I want to kill prairie dogs. 

Don't fool yourself. The 6-9 foot cartwheels happen when things don't expand real well. And when there a little on the naive' side you can get the 3-4 for one side profile shot.


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DirtyMike Said:
You sound like you know what you're talking about.  Now I'm stuck on youtube watching exploding pdogs.

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DirtyMike Said:
I suppose a nice mushrooming bullet would do a bit more damage.  I should probably invest more time into choosing types of ammo.  I usually just grab whatever off the shelf or have a family friend reload for me.  Now I want to kill prairie dogs. 

Don't fool yourself. The 6-9 foot cartwheels happen when things don't expand real well. And when there a little on the naive' side you can get the 3-4 for one side profile shot.

We've got prairie dogs real close to town so always opportunity, even sunny winter days. I've got a daughter who was hesitant about killing deer (doe this year is her last, from now on buck or nothing) who loves shooting p-dogs. Typically I have my .204 with at all times. It does a nice job.

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Jiffy how are you getting 3700? 

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Jiffy how are you getting 3700? 

Guessing 'just'a little' outside the max recommended powder. Jiffy, are you loading the 110's for standard .270 also?

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Im assuming fire formed brass and more powder. 

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Are you kidding, he buys "superformance" ammunition!!!

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Jiffy how are you getting 3700? 
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Are you kidding, he buys "superformance" ammunition!!!

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Jiffy how are you getting 3700? 

Maybe he is just filling the casing to the top and shoving a bullet in there???

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 Not quite, but pretty close.  I don't believe I'll attempt to shoot said load in the summer, it might get ugly right quick.

 

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Enslow Said:
Jiffy how are you getting 3700? 

Guessing 'just'a little' outside the max recommended powder. Jiffy, are you loading the 110's for standard .270 also?

nope just the WSM

 

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 I use the TSX out of my 270 for deer and I love them. they are pricey but well worth it. I also reload for a friend of mine with a 270 wsm and he requests 130 gr nosler accubond in his loads. 


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 I've never shot a bull with my 270 but I just pop the cows in the neck with 130 grain soft points and never had 1 take a step.  Enslow is bringing me some kind of reloads but ill still going top pop those cows in the neck cause that flat iron steak is just to dang good to risk loosing

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hunttomuch Said:
 I've never shot a bull with my 270 but I just pop the cows in the neck with 130 grain soft points and never had 1 take a step.  Enslow is bringing me some kind of reloads but ill still going top pop those cows in the neck cause that flat iron steak is just to dang good to risk loosing

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How hard does 3700 kick?  Holy shiite.

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How hard does 3700 kick?  Holy shiite.

It's not the "volume" of recoil, it's the velocity with which the rifle approaches the shooter that catches many off guard.  It's a "stabber" not a "kicker".

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hunttomuch Said:
 I've never shot a bull with my 270 but I just pop the cows in the neck with 130 grain soft points and never had 1 take a step.  Enslow is bringing me some kind of reloads but ill still going top pop those cows in the neck cause that flat iron steak is just to dang good to risk loosing

He's probably bringing you 150 grain nosler partitions. I shot my ND cow elk with factory 150 nosler partitions in a 270. 3 shots behind the shoulder. Not a single one exited the elk. First shot was 250 yards, second two were 150.

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svnmag Said:
How hard does 3700 kick?  Holy shiite.

It's not the "volume" of recoil, it's the velocity with which the rifle approaches the shooter that catches many off guard.  It's a "stabber" not a "kicker".

Yep.  

It's a Kimber MT so it's a light rifle to begin with and it does punch you, but it's nothing like a hopped up heavy bullet load out of my 300.  Nevertheless, I won't be putting 50 rounds through it at one setting anytime in the near future....or ever!   

It smacks the ever living crap out of deer though!  Not to mention shoots very well at that velocity.