Never really thought much of the .270, seemed a weird bore size, but I picked one up a few years ago as part of a package trade and because it was the only kind of centerfire rifle ammo that never sold out at our local Wal Mart during the scare. I put a few rounds of factory ammo though it and set it aside to play with other things, but did pick up a set of old dies for it when they presented themselves cheap.
This past Winter, we cleared my folks out of their house and moved them into assisted living. Have been going through all my Dad's reloading stuff to figure it out. Dad never owned a .270 I can recall, but there sat a coffee can full of nicely cast Lyman (I think) 280412s, lubed with some kind of black lube that had hardened up over the years. I'm pretty sure these were cast by a friend of his that died about 35 years ago and Dad got some of his stuff. Anyway, I figured I'd try my hand at loading for the rifle. I lightly tumble lubed these just in case and loaded some in front of 11.5 grains of Unique and shot them this evening. Considering the cheap scope and windy conditions and twilight lighting, they grouped alright and didn't lead. The 11.5 grains was starting load in my Lyman manual, but I think I'm going to drop it down a grain or so next time and see how that does.
Not many cast .270 shooters it seems. The rifle is an old Sears 54, commercial Mauser. Any thoughts or advice? Not sure I want to get into casting for another caliber, but I'll sure use these up.