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Going from 135 grain to 150 grain bullets
Last Post 14 Dec 2011 03:56 PM by j3cub. 2 Replies.
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20 Sep 2011 11:45 PM

    I shoot a .270 for deer hunting.  I've always used a 135 grain bullet but I'm considering going to a 150 grain.  Most of my shots are inside 75 yards and I'd like to have a little more knockdown power.  Will I notice any difference by changing?

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    21 Sep 2011 12:51 PM
    No, not at all with a 270 if anything on deer it will be less. The 270 kills with hydrostatic shock mainly but has adequate knock out value with either bullet.
    The type of bullet has a lot to do with it as well. A 130 grain bullet in the lungs will kill better than a 150 in a 270 they will be about the same with a shoulder shot.
    If you want more knock down power at 75 yards go to a 444 Marlin or 45-70. The 150 grain bullet was a feeble attempt at an elk bullet for the 270. All it will do is penetrate a little better, not needed on a any deer as both bullet weights will shoot completely through most deer.
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    14 Dec 2011 03:56 PM
    This knock down issue is maybe less important than we give it credit. Animals die because we destroy vital tissue and cause great loss of blood. There is hydrostatic shock, but it is an iffy thing. Some animals, when hit go right down, others, seem not to notice.

    One of my PH's in Africa made a remark to me that African animals were tougher than American game and that's why they used larger guns there. He also went on to say that the vitals of African game was farther forward requiring the hunter to shoot through to shoulder to bring them down quickly. That was all very fine, but it so happened that during that same hunt, another American client, with his 14 year old son, was also hunting the same concession as we were and his son shot all the same head of game we did, not with a 375 H&H, but with his .243 with fail safe bullets.
    No problemo, one shot each. Which probably brings us back to the most important factor: bullet placement. If you're aim is true, your animal is going to die. As for the vitals being more forward, it was probably just the fact the hunter was more likely to hit bone and break down the animal...dropping it in it's tracks so to speak. Your 270 is fine, if you do your part.
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