Owing to Weatherby’s characteristic extra-long leades, when chambered in one of its namesake cartridges, the company’s rifles—especially in cases of advanced throat erosion—can be persnickety with ammunition at times. Sound familiar? Go leadless. Such proved to be the case in a well-used, Japanese-made Mark V Synthetic in .270 Wby. Mag. that I employed for this piece. By using Nosler’s 130-gr. Expansion Tip (E-Tip) gilding metal bullet, I was able to shave 0.24" off the 25-shot average of the lead-core projectile from a previous installment of this column. The benefits don’t stop at accuracy, either; since the copper-alloy projectile retains 95 percent of its pre-expansion weight during upset, it’ll penetrate deeper than comparable lead-core bullets, providing insurance on less-than-ideal shots. And, since the .270 Wby. Mag. has the most voluminous case among the factory .27-cal. cartridges, even with the 1.322"-long projectile in place, there’s ample space for propellant to push it fast and take advantage of its 0.459 G1 ballistic coefficient.
Latest Loads: .270 Wby. Mag.
As a tribute to the company’s first century in business, Federal Ammunition has released a special, limited-edition book that breaks down its history, decade by decade, across 244 pages.
While smaller blades can be plenty helpful for everyday carry, sometimes bigger blades and tools are necessary. Here are a few larger specialty knives, hand axes, and multi-tools worth keeping in mind as the holiday season approaches.