Does the Venerable Old .270 Win Need a Makeover? Nosler Thinks So – SHOT Show 2020

Click HERE to learn more about the 27 Nosler.

At 400 yards, a .270 Win loaded with a 150g bullet will drop about 22 inches. It’s a doable shot for experienced hunters, but it’s not ideal. You’d rather not have to worry about so much bullet drop when an animal’s life is on the line.

That’s one of the limitations that Nosler is looking to overcome with the new 27 Nosler, a revamped version of the .270 Win developed with long-range hunters in mind.

We stopped by the Nosler booth at SHOT Show 2020 and spoke with Operations Manager Jeff Sipe about the company’s brand-new round. He explained that the 27 Nosler is designed to meet the needs of hunters who want the fast, flat-shooting benefits of cartridges like the 6.5 Creedmoor with heavier, harder-hitting bullet options.

The 27 Nosler will be available in 150g AccuBond and 165g ABLR varieties. By pairing a higher case capacity with modern long-for-caliber bullets, the 27 Nosler cartridge can push a 150g bullet 400 feet-per-second (fps) faster than a 270 Win and 300fps faster than the 270 WSM at the muzzle.

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The increased velocity results in significantly less bullet drop. At 500 yards, the 27 Nosler drops 11 inches less than the 270 Win and 7 inches less than a 270 WSM.

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Sipe and his team have conducted extensive field testing of the 27 Nosler, targeting everything from elk to hogs to sheep to whitetail. Sipe recounted one antelope hunt in which he was able to fill a tag at 400 yards because he wasn’t worried about compensating for bullet drop. Even though antelope never stand still for long, he made the shot without fiddling with scope turrets or BDC reticles.

Sipe said that RCBS and Redding are both making dies for the 27 Nosler, so reloaders will be able to jump right in. The case is based on the 404 Jeffrey but is the same as the 30 Nosler. Nosler recommends forming 27 Nosler brass from 30 Nosler brass due to the similar shoulder dimensions between the two cartridges.

Rifle manufacturers are sure to begin producing rifles chambered in 27 Nosler, but Nosler plans to offer two rifles in the new cartridge: the M48 Mt. Carbon and the M48 Long Range Carbon. Both rifles will feature barrels with 1:8.5” twist rates.  

Click here to learn more about the 27 Nosler.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • joe jensen February 14, 2020, 11:46 am

    The old 270 Win. serves me well. I have been using that caliber for 48 years and counting. Loaded with 55 grains of IMR 4350 and 130 grain bullets, its not bad to shoot.Its accurate for a hunting rifle, and gets the job done on deer and antelope,that I’ve hunted along with other big and small game. If you know how to judge distance and shoot it. I have several other calibers, and a 7mm & 300 win. mag. For open shooting I use my 270. For in the woods, my 3030 marlin.

    • mtman2 February 24, 2020, 8:33 am

      Once had a .270 Win in a 700 BDL in fantastic Walnut =was a work of art to behold[stood out in the crowd…lol]

      Using my own hot hand loads with Redfield 10x BDC scope w/ lab trigger.
      Was headshooting Woodchucks @ 600yds – tho sounded like WWIII going off + just more “gun” than really needed.

      Sold it to settle for the well tried + true 6.5×55 Swede.
      Super hi- BC + SD – w/1/2 the noise+recoil – far cheaper to shoot and with good placement do anything required = unparalleled accuracy + fun to shoot [[was so pretty my spendthrift wife cried when I sold it]].

      The one size fits all unit from which I never looked back~ bigger is not necessarily better with a perfect caliber/ /cartridge + gun – for many good reasons = saved me owning a bevy of guns+calibers by being a one unit operator proven good from Elephant/Polar Bear/Moose on down to deer/Coyotes/ Groundhogs + defense for 129yrs now[+killed more Commies than the .308].

      Even fun for rodents like rats + squirrels with surplus LV gallery ammo @$70 Per 1,450 rnds.

  • Sam Meyer February 11, 2020, 2:56 pm

    Author fails to comment on recoil. Wonder why?

  • Rick February 11, 2020, 11:40 am

    I’ll just stick with my old Remington 7mm mag. A high school graduation gift 50years ago.

  • Bob February 11, 2020, 9:00 am

    Not a lot of load info out there but the 27 Nosler seems to be doing the same velocity as my 270 Wby on several grains more powder…. think I’ll pass.

    • David W Evans February 11, 2020, 10:02 am

      Yes, I was just thinking the same thing.

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