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Anybody have a great light bullet load for 270 Win. Want to get the most velocity possible with a bullet suitable for pronghorn. Am wondering if some of the so called varmint bullets might be adquate. Will be using a Rem 760 with 3-9x40 scope.
 

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I researched the same problem a few years ago and settled on the 130 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip for pronghorn and the Hornady Vmax for prairie dogs (I think grain weight was 110.)
 

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Sorry! I didn't read the post right. DON'T USE THE VARMINT BULLETS FOR PRONGHORN. Bullets like the Vmax explode on contact and probably won't penetrate much. For maximum muzzle velocity take a look at bullets like the Barnes TSX that are lighter than 130 grains.

The problem is that I assume you want the high velocity to get longer range. That probably won't work as expected with the lighter bullets because of their lower ballistic coefficient. Try plugging the lighter bullet BC into a ballistic program like PointBlank and see whether you get an improvement in point blank range with the lighter bullet. I don't think you will.

Best approach is to stick with a 130 grain bullet that's designed for the job. Sight it in for a 300 yard point blank range, and then learn hold over to 400 yards. Use a range finder.

Another possibility is to not reload for this project and buy some Hornady Light Magnum ammo instead. It will probably give you greater velocity than you could get with hand loads.
 

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Questor is right, pure varmint bullets do not belong inside a game animal. I've used 130 BTips on deer and varmints, they worked great when shooting in an area with a safe backstop. My most accurate loads were with the Sierra 110 SP. This bullet in not a 'pure' varmint bullet and Sierra even recommends it for medium game at long range. I got over 3300 fps with sterling accuracy and lower recoil with this bullet - but at very long range the high-BC 130s do very very well.

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Thanks fellas. I also have available a 243 win and 250 Sav. How would you stack up these two against the 270 for pronghorn?
 

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My last Pronghorn was taken with a 130 grain Hornady Spire point on top of a max load of H4831. A lot of gun for the little pronghorns. Where i hunted wind was an awesome thing. I think the 270 might have an edge over the other two especially if you are looking for a trophy.
 

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My last trip planned for out west a friend loaded some 140 grain ballistic tip for my .270. JMHO, but I think a heavier bullet will wind drift less.
Unfortunately I didn't get to go, so I don't know how they would work on a prairie goat. I know they pattern well and will do mean things to a white tail.

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rickt300 said:
My last Pronghorn was taken with a 130 grain Hornady Spire point on top of a max load of H4831. A lot of gun for the little pronghorns. Where i hunted wind was an awesome thing. I think the 270 might have an edge over the other two especially if you are looking for a trophy.
I have used the same 130 grain Hornaday SP pushed by a max load of H4831. Works great on antelope.
 
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