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Which bullet for mule deer

Postby donut slayer » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:23 pm

Out of a 270 WSM, 110 barnes Tipped TSX or a 130 Tipped TSX?? If both shot the same groups, which do you prefer? The velocity, by the book, is 3550 for the 110 and 3230 for the 130.

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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby Springville Shooter » Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:38 pm

Not to be indecicive, but it just don't matter. I would use the 130, but there is no real scientific or ballistic reason to do so. The 130 has better coefficient that is probably offset by the increase in velocity of the 110. The 110 will kick a little less, but you will probably not notice. One thing I would beware of is downrange performance. I experimented alot with 120 grn bullets in the 7MM Rem mag and found that while they performed well at 100 yards, they did not maintain consistency out at further ranges. Do some experimenting before settling on the 110.--------SS
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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby wingmaster36 » Wed May 09, 2012 1:06 pm

The 130 would be the choice for me. I'm not a big fan of light for caliber bullets. I use the 150 TTSX in a 7 Rem mag with absolute fantastic performance on deer/antelope.
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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby waspocrew » Wed May 09, 2012 2:55 pm

I'd go with the 130's. I think those would do the job.I have the same caliber and my rifle seems to like shooting the 130's and 140 grain TSX and TTSX.

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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby number3fan » Sat Jun 09, 2012 9:55 pm

Any of the bullet weights would work. It's all about bullet placement. I've shot my 270wsm with 130grn ballistic tip and 130grn Hornady Interlocks. Both provided good accuracy. I'm switching it up a little bit this year to 140grn Nosler Accubonds. My shooting is going to be a little farther this hunting season out of state, and I need to adjust a little bit for bigger deer and some expected windy conditions.

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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby spoofman » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:18 am

I would use the heavier bullet. This not only helps out beyond 100 yards for accuracy if you have any winds but will also aid in better penetration on heavier skinned animals. the lighter bullets work great for varmints and such or at closer ranges but why take the chance if you have to shoot at 250yrds? I would even move to the 140 if you had a round that you can get accuracy with your gun set up. JMHO

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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby Turokman123 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:28 pm

spoofman wrote:I would use the heavier bullet. This not only helps out beyond 100 yards for accuracy if you have any winds but will also aid in better penetration on heavier skinned animals. the lighter bullets work great for varmints and such or at closer ranges but why take the chance if you have to shoot at 250yrds? I would even move to the 140 if you had a round that you can get accuracy with your gun set up. JMHO


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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby StickBoy » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:56 am

I like hearvier bullets also. The 130's would be my choice. If you intend on stretching the legs on that 270 the higher BC will yeild you a tighter envelope as you get further out there. I love the TSX.

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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby Shags1 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:11 pm

donut slayer wrote:Out of a 270 WSM, 110 barnes Tipped TSX or a 130 Tipped TSX?? If both shot the same groups, which do you prefer? The velocity, by the book, is 3550 for the 110 and 3230 for the 130.



Are you dead set on these lighter offerings for your WSM? I picked up a .270 Win a couple of years back for a late season cow elk hunt, and quizzed some folks I know in Wyoming that shoot .270's about loads they use in the wind and at the extended open ranges. They recommended a 150 gr. Berger VLD (similar to your Barnes). My Remmington 700 loves the 150 with the correct C.O.A.L. and shoots flat as a table top out to about 300 yards. (0 to minimal holdover). Velocities are similar to your Short at 3100 - 3300 f.p.s. I killed a 28" 3X3 (management buck) last fall on the Henry's. I spotted (and ranged) him at about 550 yards. I had to verify that he didn't have any cheaters, so I put the sneak on him and got up to 100 yards. Long story short, I had to back up to 250 yards (close to my zero sight). It was still too close, the bullet didn't expand at all, which I was warned about. The bullet needed to be traveling somewhere around 2500 f.p.s. to do it's job. It still knocked him off his feet, and he didn't get back up, so I would recommend the heavier weight, especially with the short mag. JMO. I've hunted and killed many bucks with a .243 and 95 gr. bullets, so the lighter bullet will kill a deer. That shouldn't be the concern. It all depends on your rifle, and what it likes. (Action, twist, length, bedding, etc.)

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Re: Which bullet for mule deer

Postby nanuk-O-Dah-Nort » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:50 am

Shags1 wrote: I picked up a .270 Win a couple of years back .... recommended a 150 gr. Berger VLD (similar to your Barnes). ...Velocities are similar to your Short at 3100 - 3300 f.p.s..



new guy here

sorry for dragging one up from the doldrums

I have been doing a lot of lurking to find data


but I gotta ask..... are you SERIOUSLY getting 3300fps with a 150gr Berger from a 270Win??

that load has to be running near 80KPSI, no?


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