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168 smk vs 175 smk

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Old 12-01-2008, 10:12 PM
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168 smk vs 175 smk

Looking into trying some 175 smk's as i have had really good luck with the 168's and am wondering if there is any real advantages to the 175 smk's over the 168's if your keeping your shots inside 800 yards??

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Old 12-02-2008, 11:24 AM
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Re: 168 smk vs 175 smk

The 175's are supposed to be more accurate past 600 yards
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot
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Old 12-02-2008, 11:51 AM
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Re: 168 smk vs 175 smk

Originally Posted by jwp475 View Post
The 175's are supposed to be more accurate past 600 yards
This is correct. The 168 is designed for up to 600 yards. The 175 is designed for 1000 yards. On paper and in theroy that is. According to my own personal experiances (in the 308 win) this HAS been the case. Now in my experiance the 168 offered no better results from 0-600 than the 175. The 175 did everything the 168 could do. t 1K it was a different story. The 175's were by far more accurate and shot perfect round holes at 1K. Even at near sea level (80'ish) and in sub zero air. This was a a mild velocity as well. Around 2550 FPS. The 168's shot nearly 2700 FPS and wouldnt make it to 1K without going sideways and obviously huge groups.

IMHO the 175 makes the 168 near obsolete for the 308. The 168 has had some great success in matches in the past however. I still think the 168 is overrated. Just my .02
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:43 PM
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Re: 168 smk vs 175 smk

My 20" Rock barrel on my bolt gun shots GMM 168gr to 1000k just fine. The 175mk carries a little more KE to 1000K so it takes a little less windage and elevation correction. I think it all just comes down to personal preference, but I could stick with the 168's in my rifle. I shoot my .260 when I know extended range is on tap for the day.
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