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90 SMK and .223 WSSM

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Unread 11-24-2007, 09:44 PM
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90 SMK and .223 WSSM

I know this isn't long range for a lot of you but with a .223 its pretty good. I have been testing the 90 SMK for awhile now and it has shot extremely well out to 300 yards. I have also shot phone books and the SMK have penetrated
very well. Now after all this I decided to try them on some whitetail and tonight I got a chance.

I had a few doe and a small buck all about 100 yards away, but I waited on a longer shot. Finally 2 doe came out at 300 yards. One was big doe and the other was med. I shot the big one first at about 250 yards right in the shoulder. It jumped up about 3 feet and cut flips to the edge of the field about 30 yards and fell dead. The other doe ran back to the the woods at 300 yards and stopped. I put another SMK in the chamber and fired right at the shoulder and it cut a flip and fell about 20 yards from point of impact.

Both deer were hit in the shoulders and the bullets penetrated out the off side shoulders with a quarter size exit hole on both! The 90 SMK performance
was outstanding.

I have shot a good many deer with the .223 wssm and 53 gr. TSX but I might have found a better long range bullet in the 90 SMK!

The SMK is leaving the barrel at 3050 and the 53 TSX are at 4200.
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Unread 11-25-2007, 12:34 AM
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What Twist

Hi what twist are you using I had a 6.8twist in 223 it was awsome but rechambered to 22-250AI It blew them up I suspect a 8.5-8 would be better.

Cheers Bill
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Unread 11-25-2007, 09:04 AM
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The barrel is a Hart 26" with an 8 twist. I was suprised that it stabilized the 90 SMK so well. I would like to try the berger 90 but not sure if they will work.
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