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    .270 for elk

    Recently purchased a new .270 Win for deer hunting, but am considering taking it on my elk trip this fall.
    Anyone on here use a .270 for elk and if so how has it performed for you?
    I'll be shooting a 130 gr SST Hornady Superformance @3200fps.
    I have other larger caliber options, but want input from you all on the .270 for elk.

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    270's work fine for elk with proper bullet choice. Use a tough bullet meant for penetration and you'll be fine.

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    The most important thing is shot placement, done properly I've seen elk go down with one shot with a .243.
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    I shoot a 270 Win at everything! Like CC said its more shot placement then caliber.

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    I'd suggest trying to find some interbonds or accubonds instead of SST's. Just a thought
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    I hunted almost everything with a .270 until 2006. My family killed several elk and moose, even a couple grizzlies with a .270. Limit your shots to about 250 yards, and use a quality bullet. A Barnes X type bullet, Nosler Accubond, or Trophy Bonded are very good bullets. Although my family shot 130 grain bullets in most situations (which were the most accurate), we shot 150 grain bullets when hunting larger game with a .270. I used to always use Federal Premium ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Daddy View Post
    Recently purchased a new .270 Win for deer hunting, but am considering taking it on my elk trip this fall.
    Anyone on here use a .270 for elk and if so how has it performed for you?
    I'll be shooting a 130 gr SST Hornady Superformance @3200fps.
    I have other larger caliber options, but want input from you all on the .270 for elk.
    Switch bullets to something bonded and you will be fine. Stay away from the SST as they are designed for thin skinned game- Not Elk. I'm repeating to make sure you get the message and not make the mistake I have seen others make. Nothing turns a hunt sour more than a wounded animal. The Hornady Interbond in the same load is my favorite.

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    I carry a 270win for most of my hunting including elk. I shoot 150gr Federal Fusion and they worked perfectly on the two antlerless elk I was lucky enough to draw tags for. I have yet to put a bullet into a big bull but when I do it will be from the 270win unless I happen to be carrying my 25-06rem that day.

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    Thanks for the input fella's. I may just stick with my old elk rifle (.300Wby). I have taken several elk with it, but was looking at saving a couple of pounds by carrying my new T3 Lite in .270.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Daddy View Post
    Thanks for the input fella's. I may just stick with my old elk rifle (.300Wby). I have taken several elk with it, but was looking at saving a couple of pounds by carrying my new T3 Lite in .270.
    Fat Daddy…we all just said it would work great with a good bullet…don't bail now!
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