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    Default Best factory .270 and 30-06 ammo.

    I shoot mostly handloads and I know which ones I build are the most accurate, but I don't know much about hunting performance with this caliber. Shooting critters with this caliber is something I haven't done much...with no recovered bullets. My handloading has gone by the wayside as I finish up my house so I am looking for factory ammo that has performed well for you on moose and inland grizzly sized targets.

    Same story with my son's .270. I don't have time to develope loads for it so I'm looking for a good factory performer for moose.

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    I handload, but seldom for my 2 30-06's anymore. I'm quite pleased with the Federal High Energy 180 grain Nosler Partition loads I've been using. My Ruger 77 with a 20" barrel gets MOA groups and attains an average of 2795 fps. So, I'm relatively confident that, from a 24" barrel, it should do the advertised 2880 fps.

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    I think there is a plethera of factory ammo that would do well in those cartridges. With both standard and premium bullets. I used federal premium nosler partitions 210 grain in 338 win mag and remington core-lokt in a 308 winchester. I think the rem load is a good pick for standard cartridges like the 270 and 30-06.
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    I use 270 win. 130 gr. Rem. coreloct's on deer size game and have never seen a reason to "upgrade" to a premium bullet. With proper placement it'll drop em every time.
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    It's really going to depend on what your gun likes best, but I always start with Federals and work my way from there.
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    somewhat depends on what you are shooting at and at what range. .270 is a high velocity cartridge particularly in 130 grains. I prefer partitions as they can hold together if you jump a deer out of its bed at 45 yards and still open up at 300. Before i handloaded i had some ballistic tips and they made a horrible mess of a deer at 45 yards in spite of a heart shot. (fragments went to guts etc). Hornady interlock were only marginally better up to 100yds. I did have great success with 150 round nose core lokt express on moose. 1 through and through at 100yds and 1 120 grain mushroom found under the right scapula from frontal shot at 150yds. One shot kills. These bullets only gave 2 inch groups at 100 yds but cost 18 dollars a box and worked as well as i would expect partitions to. 2 inches might not set the world on fire but it is plenty accurate for moose. I have handloaded accubonds - very accurate for deer. All that said ,with the 3000+fps velocity potential I would look for factory ammo loaded with premium bullets (partition, barnes) for 130 grainers and sheep/deer, or a partition or core lokt 150 grainer for moose.

    ........ Aw just save yourself the trouble and get Nosler 150 partitions at about 2900fps. They will do anything you should expect a .270 to do I believe Federal premium loads them.

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    In both calibers I would give the Federal Fusions a try. I know some guys who shoot them and there rifles like them. The bullet stays together and mushrooms nicely so you don't get much blood shot or wasted meat.

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    Federal Premium 180g nosler partitions $34-40 per box

    Hornady Light mag. 180 interlocks $30-35 per box

    Both shoot around 2900 fps out of a 26 inch barrel the noslar will have a little better penetration but he hornady all littel bigger hole.

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    Rick;
    Is your 20" barreled Ruger an Ultra-Light model? I simply can't get the velocity you mention out of 180 gr. Partitions by handloading for my old Ultra-Light. The best I have achieved is about 200 fps less. This is intrigueing, particularly for sheep hunting. What kind of accuracy are you getting?
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    My boy, 11, is already shooting the Fusions out of his .270. They were cheap and a good way to get him used to the rifle. His very first 100 yard group out of this Ruger 77 was 1 1/2" for 5 shots and three were under 3/4". This was shot prone using a backpack for a rest. I was stunned to say the least BTW my best group with my -06 was around 2" in the same shooting position.

    I'm glad to hear that the bullet performed well on game.

    Bernie- Is the BTSP that they list for the Hornady light magnums an Interlock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    My boy, 11, is already shooting the Fusions out of his .270. They were cheap and a good way to get him used to the rifle. His very first 100 yard group out of this Ruger 77 was 1 1/2" for 5 shots and three were under 3/4". This was shot prone using a backpack for a rest. I was stunned to say the least BTW my best group with my -06 was around 2" in the same shooting position.

    I'm glad to hear that the bullet performed well on game.

    Bernie- Is the BTSP that they list for the Hornady light magnums an Interlock?
    Yes at 30-06 speeds it holds together fine. I even killed a real nice brown bear with this ammo last spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    I shoot mostly handloads and I know which ones I build are the most accurate, but I don't know much about hunting performance with this caliber. Shooting critters with this caliber is something I haven't done much...with no recovered bullets. My handloading has gone by the wayside as I finish up my house so I am looking for factory ammo that has performed well for you on moose and inland grizzly sized targets.

    Same story with my son's .270. I don't have time to develope loads for it so I'm looking for a good factory performer for moose.
    Federal Premium w/180gr Barnes TSX shoots MOA out of my Ruger M77 .30-06. The Barnes 180gr TSX is an outstanding bullet. That said, the moose won't care if he/she is hit with a Nosler partition, A-frame, Barnes, or whatever ...just pick a premium bullet that works well in your gun and it should be tough enough to punch through a shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGBOB View Post
    I use 270 win. 130 gr. Rem. coreloct's on deer size game and have never seen a reason to "upgrade" to a premium bullet. With proper placement it'll drop em every time.
    Core-Lokt are a low-cost option that work. That said, I gave up on them after seeing the backside of deer blown out too much when shooting them at less than 100 yards with my .30-06. Moving up to Barnes fixed those issues ...perfect 2" exit wound (or smaller) on thin-skinned stuff like deer, nice expansion and one-shot kills on larger tougher animals. Never tried a Partition ...but that's because I'm entirely happy with the Barnes. Why switch?

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    I just scored a R77 stainless 30-06 this morning in exchange for a couple small truck payments a guy owes me I'll have to try some of those Federals Brian...thanks.

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