Re: favorite long range hunting bullet?
I have been using the 190 gr Match King, moly coated by me, in my .300WSM for about a year. Current load is 68.5 gr RL22 for avmv 2964 fps. No disappointments. Field dressing showed evidence of good expansion in all cases but initial expansion seems to be somewhat slow at closer ranges, the opposite of what should be expected. Perhaps the hv impact closes the nose?
The SMK190 from my WSM has accounted for 10 whitetails in my and two other hunter's hands. I have also taken feral hogs, stray house cats, coyotes, crows, armidillos, possoms, racoons, game chasing wild dogs, and other nuisance animals. Ranges have been < 60 yds to almost 700 yds. All animals were taken with one bullet each. Only one failure to exit, on a hog facing directly toward me at about 65 yds, but I could not recover the bullet because of the smell of the busted guts.
A number of years ago I did have two 190 gr HPBTs fail to exit on broadside whitetails from my old .300WinMag. These could have been either Sierra or Hornady. For all you youngsters, Hornady once made 190gr HPBTs. Most important aspect is that both were instant kills, but because of that experience I asked for lots of advice and personal experience from others before initailly using the SMK on feral hogs that would no longer allow an approach to "normal" range.
[ 03-31-2004: Message edited by: RuffHewn ]
Rapid fire is the crutch of an incompetent marksman. ONE SHOT, ONE KILL