just curious as to what bullets people are using for long range shooting/hunting. I currently shoot a 300 RUM sendero. loading 190gr sierra Match Kings. I have heard that even though the SMKs are for target, they work very well for hunting. I have never tried these on game. I was thinking of Swift A-frame, Trophy bonded bear claw, Barnes Triple-X. opinions. also, just curious, if you are using the SMK for hunting, what is the performance is something is shot at shorter ranges?
300 RUM and a 458 win mag...what more can a man want!
I use all kinds of bullets but most of the critters I've killed in the past half dozen years have fallen to the Sierra MatchKing. The MatchKings have accounted for hundreds of deer (crop damage and regular hunting), dozens of hogs, TNTC (too numerous to count)groundhogs, squirrels (1 tough bugger), coyote, Black bear (7' square), moose (3). All the bullets I've used seem to kill animals and I can't really say one kills better than the other in the way I use them.
I have killed a bunch of deer and groundhogs with 168 SMKs in my .308 (out to 300 yds on deer, about 500 on 'hogs). They seem to work just fine. I am working-up a 300WSM rig for some across-the-spinach-field hunting on whitetails, and have no intention of trying any bullet but 220 SMKs.
I cant believe that you guys are using match bullets on game animals.. shame on you..
Hornady Interlock, Hornady SST. Nostler Balistic tip. Sierra Game King. all good deer bullets. for bigger stuff, Nostler Partition, Norma Vulkan, Lapua Mega.
It is illegal to use match bullets on Game in Europe.
Match bullets perform quite properly on game when they are, of course, used within certain parameters.
I use 100 grain Sierra MKs in a 25/06 on antelope every year and have yet to have a failure or anything even close to a failure.
I do not, however, take any shots under 400 yards and I shoot broadside lung shots.
Impact velocity must be considered. This is why I don't use MKs for close in shooting because the velocity is too high and unpredictable deformation/fragmentation may occur. At extended ranges, the MKs perform very much like Partitions (which I use a lot in conventional hunting scenarios), do at long range.
Bullet placement is the key to success and match grade bullets definitely decrease the chance of a miss when wind is in the equation. And it is ALWAYS in my equations!
If premium hunting bullets were indeed better for long range hunting then I would certainly use them as the one shot kill is always my goal.
And match grade bullets have allowed me to be consistent in terms of this goal.
Considering the quality of the bullets that you have mentioned, I would use whichever bullet shoots best in your rifle.
What makes the Matchking so popular around here for hunting? Two things -
1. They often ARE the most accurate bullet in many rifles and
2. They do have a terminal performance record that surprises most of the other hunters who have not tried them on game yet.
(They also have a fairly high BC which makes them more suitable for looong range.)