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168 grain Seirra match king for hunting??

 
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:44 AM
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168 grain Seirra match king for hunting??

Okay here is the deal I just picked up a .308 cz-usa 550 that has a 25.5 inch heavy barrel with a single set trigger. I have done the tigger work i can and plan to bed the action and free float the barrel.

I mounted a nikon monarch 2.5-10 bdc scope on it and I am looking for a good bullet for deer and elk and extended ranges deer-600 and elk -500 probably a 100 less in each case, but plan on practicing those as max distances. I have good success with the smk on elk out of a 7mm, but have heard since that they are not that good for shooting elk and deer.

I have quite a little bit of shooting experiance out to 750 and have shot some thousand yard matches and have had good luck with the match kings as far as accuracy goes.

Any thoughts?? Any info on good .308 loads would be appreciated as well

Jordan
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Old 12-01-2007, 10:02 AM
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Use the search feature, key in "SMK" or 'Sierra Matchking'. You'll likely gets hundreds of threads discussing the subject of Matchkings on animals.

In short, they'll work fine for some folks, poorly for others, some folks won't try them and state they won't work. Some folks that use them have mixed feelings about the different models (calibers and weights). Some folks say shoot for bone while others say avoid bones, some folks say they pencil through while others show graphic examples of extreme exapantion and large wound channels due to fragmentation.

Best thing to do is order a pizza (or two), get a several liter bottle of soda (pop) and start your search fearure.
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:14 AM
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Sierra states that MK bullets are not for hunting.

They aren't designed to expand.
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:45 AM
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MK bullets for hunting

I live in SW Va. were most buck are 140lbs-180lbs. I have been killing a lot of deer for years with Match h.p bullets. I don't in most part shoot for the front shoulders the ribs is the best.I hunt with a 7mm rem. mag useing 162grs-175grs with a lot of slow burning powder and all brands of bullets and Have Not Lost "1" that's "0" deer. Close range 25yds -200 exit hole most of the time very big. The longest shoot was at 627yrds with a lot of damage in side drop at 40yrs.



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Old 12-07-2007, 07:43 PM
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they make 2 diffrent bullets for a good reason..
if the performance was identical they would only make one
and save a ton of money on tooling! your milage may vary..
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they make 2 diffrent bullets for a good reason..
if the performance was identical they would only make one
and save a ton of money on tooling! your milage may vary..
The SMK's were not designed for hunting but seem to yeild good results. Here is my take on it...

It was designed as a match round that found it's way into Military use. Hunters (the long range sort especially) tried it for it and some found it satisfactory for game.

If Sierra were to market it as a hunting round, the Military would not be able to use it correct? That being their largest contract i think they would redesign to make a hunting round.

I could be very wrong but that is the way I see it.
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The SMK's were not designed for hunting but seem to yeild good results. Here is my take on it...

It was designed as a match round that found it's way into Military use. Hunters (the long range sort especially) tried it for it and some found it satisfactory for game.

If Sierra were to market it as a hunting round, the Military would not be able to use it correct? That being their largest contract i think they would redesign to make a hunting round.

I could be very wrong but that is the way I see it.
It is considered an FMJ by NATO due to the fact that it doesn't expand like a soft point. The hollowpoint that's there, as small as it is, is for stability.
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