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Old 10-06-2005, 10:47 AM
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SMK - \"The Question\"

I am sure you guys have beat this one to death, but I havn't found this discussion yet. What is it that makes the SMK a good choice on game and why does Seirra not recommend it? If you like just point me to a previous discussion.

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Old 10-06-2005, 11:46 AM
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Re: SMK - \"The Question\"

There are other posts on this. From what I have read some SMK's tend to do better on deer and elk than others.
I think the 142 SMK does not have a good as a reputation as some of the larger caliber bullets.
I have used the 140 A-Max on "only one deer" with good results.

My question is:
Has anyone used the 115 DTAC (basically a 115 SMK) on deer?
MV's are 2725-2850.
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Old 10-06-2005, 12:12 PM
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Re: SMK - \"The Question\"

I have used them before, but will likely not use them anytime soon for my kind of hunting. They are used because they are very accurate. No matter what the range is, if you can't hit it you can't harvest it. I will be using 175 SMK in my 300 SAUM in a couple weeks, but shots will be taken from 350-400 yards. I will not shoot smk at high velocity/close range. I have had several bad experiences with them and NBT loaded in excess of manufacturers recommendations, >3000 fps impact velocity. In "standard" rounds like .243, .257 Roberts, 708, 308, 3006 . . . I think NBT may be the best bullet for East TX whitetails. This is just my opinion derived from what my eyes have seen. I use Barnes X, Nosler Partitions/Accubonds and Hornady Interbonds for 99% of my hunting. I want a bullet to break a buck's front shoulders every time and anchor him on the spot. For the skinhead variety, I want double lungs and an exit hole. None of these bullets have failed me yet out to 500 yards. Beyond that range, match bullets have the advantage of higher bc and usually greater accuracy. My intended hunt next weekend is for hogs. Like I said, I will be shooting 175 smk to see how they perform on pigs. Shots will be across a deep ravine @400 yards or so. I will be sitting on a tripod with my rifle dialed in for 375 yards, and I will shoot at every pig that walks across the pipeline. Last week a 5xxlb boar was seen about 150 yards farther up the same pipeline. I can't think of a better test subject than that! I'll let you all know how I fare. I am giving up my bow hunts to kill "long" range pigs.
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Old 10-06-2005, 12:56 PM
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Re: SMK - \"The Question\"

sewwhat,
So you have tried the 115DTAC on deer?
If so, what MV, distance and animal?
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:17 PM
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Re: SMK - \"The Question\"

Nope. Some folks were asking about the same thing on 6mmBR forums. I dont recall anyone every answering. It seems intuitive that they would be dynamite on deer and smaller. Several other members on this forum hunt with 25-06 shooting 100 gr smk and have had excellent results on whitetails. jm2c
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:45 PM
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Re: SMK - \"The Question\"

Well, I guess I will try it this year on deer & see what happens.
I also need to see what bullets Richard has for a true 8T for deer.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:45 PM
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Re: SMK - \"The Question\"

Short:
http://longrangehunting.com/ubbthreads/s...part=1&vc=1

Long:
http://forums.accuratereloading.com/eve/...3510355&p=1
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