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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.
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.