Hello savage fan man ,
I just started using the 190 smk in my 300 winnie this past hunting season. Using 73 grs of RE 22 I'm getting 3050 fps . Accuracy is excellent for an old man with lots of floaters in my shooting eye , .75 3shot groups at 300. To be fair I have to point out that the LSR custom I'm shooting has a lot of built in forgiveness . That is to say it shoots way better than I can in the right hands .
All that being said , the first deer i shot with combo was at approx 240yds. ( did'nt laser it but had done so in the area he showed up in previously ) I shot him in a very slight quarter facing me and left at the junction of the neck and shoulder with his head down feeding toward me . I shoot very free recoil so even my 14 lb rifle shoved me out and upon recovery he was feet almost straight up , i watched a coupla kicks then still. Sorry to say that I didn't do an autopsy because that angle include d some " intestinal impact " [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] Here is a pic of his handsome self [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Later in the season I had an opportunity at the last bit of light to shoot a deer at 337 yds . Didn't know what it was doe or buck wise( could'nt see if it had horns cause it was so late ) but it did'nt matter , I had tags for either. I made the shot and as it was across a valley to the other side some rugged going to get there even in daylightI opted to wait till the next day morning at daybreak ( was going to be very cold that night also ) toi go and find it .. Well , I should have went that night as it went about 20 yds and piled up . Once again I didn't open the body cavity as the angle was left side behind shoulder going to the off side ham at the rear . Upon skinning the deer we foung a bit of lead ( hadn't weighed it yet but would guess about 50 or 60 grs .) had passed all the way through the deer and was under the hide on the off side at the rear of the ham . Remember , he only went 20 or so yds.Here is his purty self
. Very different exp. than yours I realize , however just as real . I suspect that even longer ranges I will enjoy deeper penetration without so much separation of the bullet / jacket . Reckon I'll find out if the opportunities present themselves [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
Sorry about your bad exp, things like that keep me up at night . They also cause me to be a better shot in the future as welll a s being cognizant of all the various parameters that will serve to allow me to more accurately reconstruct what actually happened at the shot.
Finally , you need to use what you think is best as your confindence is a very important part of the equation .
Thanks for telling us about your exp. It's hard to live with things like that I know !