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Can I hunt Elk with a .270?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Gas, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Gas

    Gas Gig Harbor, Washington, United States Active Member

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    So here is the deal, I have not hunted in years, well since I had shoulder surgery. I had a browning 300 win mag and it tore the bubblegum out of me. I am not a fan of mule deer, I think they taste like dog bubblegum. I may do some black tail around enumclaw or something, but my main goal is to go elk hunting. I applied for a disability permit that allows me a few advantages, like hunting from my quad, and getting me a key for the gates on Talbot and pope and Weyerhaeuser properties. I can not be climbing all over the place and the permit allowing me to use my quad is a god send.

    Anyways, I want something light, something that will not kill me to sight in after 20 or so rounds. Will a 150gr, barnes .270 bullet do the trick? Inquiring minds want to know.
     
  2. Old506

    Old506 Northwest Member

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    It will work just fine. I have killed them with a stick and a sharp little piece of metal on the end. The .270 is a bit overkill.
     
  3. sprice37

    sprice37 Albany Oregon Active Member

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    It will kill just as good as the next, but make sure the shot placement is spot on.
     
  4. M.Link

    M.Link Guest

    My cousin hunts everything from Deer to Elk to Moose and everything in between with his .270. He even got his Ram this year with it at over 450yds.
     
  5. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    the 270 is a fine elk cartridge. feed it a good controlled expansion bullet for an elk, (as you are suggesting) and you are good to go. My $.02
     
  6. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    And it could be if something happens to my primary hunting rifle. I would use the .270 without a second thought. If I was doing it right now, I'd probably even use the 150gr Core Lokt. We've killed many things with that bullet. If I had time to work up a hand load, I would use a Nosler Partition. But that's just me. You wanna use a Barnes bullet? They make great bullets and you'll be fine.
    I'm a 30-06 fan, but I'd think I'd look pretty ignorant if I said you wouldn't do well with a .270.
     
  7. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    Absolutely you can. Ammo selection is key. I use Winchester XP3, but any slow expanding ammo designed for Elk and larger game will do. Good luck.
     
  8. bijan

    bijan pdx New Member

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    I have seen people droping a branched resvelt at coast range with a 243, however the other side of the cascade because of the harsh winters elks are much tougher and you need a biger punch than a 270 with a 150gr even for a spike.
     
  9. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    I think you got that backwards. Coast range Roosevelt's are larger bodied and considerably tougher (hide) than their smaller bodied rocky mountain cousins. I shot a coastal spike last year with 150 Winchester supremes and the it stopped just inside the hbide on the far side. I shot a cow of similar body size last week with the same bullets and they went clean through. Almost identical shot placement and distance to animal.
    Food for thought. I know for a fact that a. 270 can take both versions of elk.
     
  10. bijan

    bijan pdx New Member

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    it isnot the size ,it is the hide, the rocky mt elk has a thicker hide because of the snow
     
  11. BIG_GUNNUT

    BIG_GUNNUT North Central Oregon Active Member

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    A 270 Winchester and good 150gr bullets will work just fine. Shot placement is the key.
     
  12. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Sorry bud, but your story that a .270 won't kill a rocky is a load.
    You could ask the many that have ended up in my family's various freezers over the years, but they're gone now.
    Many many elk fell to our .270s using 4831 and 150gr Sierra SPBTs and Gamekings, which aren't even considered a premium bullet. A few of those beyond 300yds.

    To the OP,... Load that .270 up and go get-em!
    Be sure and post the pics when you get back!
     
  13. ehunter

    ehunter Hilllsboro Oregon Member

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    `Yep I have a buddy that has killed close to 30 elk with his all coastal bulls and he was using a 130 Honrady hand loads now he is using 140 Accubonds. When I give up the bow I will be using my 270 and it will either be a 130 grain partition or a 150.

    Its all about shot placement hit in the boiler and grab the packs.:D
     
  14. Gas

    Gas Gig Harbor, Washington, United States Active Member

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    Well, it seems that I will end up with a .270 for the comments. My friend who was going to go with me just said he is going to Montana for deer, and no elk this year.:( Not sure where to go. I went to Rosyln before, but never took one down.
     
  15. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    good choice .270 is one of my preferred calibers, good for just about anything in N.A.
     
  16. CryWolf

    CryWolf PDX Member

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    Me and my family have successfully hunted everything from Alaskan brown bear to whitetail deer with them.A .270 w/ a good handload is by far and away my #1 all around choice for hunting
     
  17. bijan

    bijan pdx New Member

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    You make shot placement sound and look easy, but in the real world %85 of time we dont have the time to do it so to shoot a rocky mt elk beyond 250yd i know we need a much bigger round so if in case if you shoot the poor animal in the hind quarter it knoks him down and you can retrive your trophy
     
  18. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    Jack O'connor would say "yes".

    I'ld use a .308.
     
  19. Stumps

    Stumps Ashford, WA Member

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    .270 will do the job fine. Smallest caliber I ever used to kill an elk was a 22lr, but it had already been hit by some tourist in a rental car and a leg had been ripped off.
     
  20. ehunter

    ehunter Hilllsboro Oregon Member

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    I see this different because some one is shooting a magnumb they think they can do get away with sloppy :thumbdown:shots. A bad shot with a 30 caliber or a .27 caliber is still a bad shot.