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200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

 
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:02 PM
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200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

I have a 300 WM and I'm shooting 200gr Sierra Match Kings. Anyone have any experiance shooting Elk with these bullets and do you all think they are a good choice?
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:26 PM
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Re: 200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

a lot of guys on here hunt with them, and have had great results. I'm sure someone will chime in here, but if not try the search button.

this has been discussed a lot! have a good one...
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Re: 200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

with what i have seen i would use them but have not done so.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:58 PM
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Re: 200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

I talked my buddy into using them this year and I tried the berger 210gr. He shot a few deer in the 4 to 500 yard range the bullets worked great. Then we went to Wyoming and we shot our cow Elk at the same time at 279 yards. He shot his cow through the front shoulder and she dropped right were she stood. I shot mine in the lungs and it went about 10 yards and fell over. We found his 200 smk resting against the off side shoulder. I knew I should have kept the bullet myself until I got a picture of it and weighed it but he kept it and lost it. If I were to guess it probably weighed in the 70gr range and the core was still in the jacket. My bullet exited. His muzzle velocity was 2850fps. I would use either the 200smk or 210Berger for elk and not lose sleep over it.
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Old 02-18-2007, 08:47 PM
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Re: 200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

Thanks for the reply dakor. I was just wondering if I was going to need to switch to a partition or something if I get to go after a big bull because we all know a big bull is much bigger in body mass and bone structure than a cow. I just thought I might need something meatier if I say hit a shoulder bone on entrance. What are your thoughts.
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Re: 200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

I used the 200g SMK on a big black bear out of my 300 RUM doing 3200fps. Shot was 200-250 yards and the bullet entered point of shoulder. It was pretty messy and the bullet did not exit. Instead I found it about 3/4 of the way through and the biggest piece I found weighed like 30g. Based on a shoulder shot perspective, I would not use the 200g SMK, maybe the 220g SMK. I was planning on using the 200g SMK for elk myself, but after that experience, I switched to the 200g AB and had great results with that bullet. I am a shoulder shooter so I need a somewhat tough bullet, not the toughest, but I dont need a bullet that loses that much weight when hitting bone. I'm sure things might have been different penetration wise if the range was 500+, but I took what I had.
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Old 02-20-2007, 09:08 AM
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Re: 200 gr Match Kings,...Good for Elk at long ranges?????

I guess it all comes down to what you are confident in. I am sure I will get tore up for this but people over exaggerate the size of animals. Yes a Bull is going to be bigger than a cow but how much? I would bet the avearage would be about 80lbs. I shot a huge Cow I mean huge she was really old and she probably went 500 to 600lbs. The guy we were hunting with told me the hinds would weigh 100lbs each cut at the nuckle. Well I must be strong because I took a hind on one shoulder and a front on the other when we crossed the river to get back to the trail head. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] I weighed the hinds when I got home and they weighed about 55lbs a piece cut at the knuckle and with the hide off. The guy we hunted with has shot probably 70 Elk or more so he does have some experience with Elk. That just shows how people over estimate size. Getting back to your question I myself would have no problem using the 200smk or 210Berger on a bull Elk and hitting the shoulder. My friends was shot at 279 yards the farther out you get the better the bullet is going to hold up.
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