Re: .308 SMK Report on Texas White Tail
Ah nice, bullet cross sections are always interesting. Does anyone have one of the Hornady SST Line? Those are what I have been havin' alot of luck with lately, maybe someone can save me the effort of putting one on the chop saw [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
And poor POP. I don't think he is a moron, in fact he raises a really good point: with the current selection of hunting bullets availible today there are many really good ones that can get it done at a variety of ranges, why use the matchking? I think back in the day before we had all the fancy stuff many take for granted the only bullets that offered you the low drag, high ballistic coefficent with a high degree of consistency capable of really getting out there was the sierra matchking. So naturally any veteran longrange shooter has used them for years and years. I think its the same as being partial to an old truck. Sure the current line of vehicles may offer onboard GPS, power everything, heated seats, satelitte radio and have a more efficent motor but there is something about my old diesel that just makes me keep sinkin money into it and driving it. It gets the job done for me.
I shoot Hornady V-Max and SST from all my rifles because they offer me the same low drag design in a bullet that I can get for less then the SMK. Plus I like the fact that it is designed by the engineers from the ground up to be a hunting bullet. Being a mechanical engineer myself, and knowing what goes into a design/manufacturing process: in particular the shortcuts and estimations all engineers use when putting things together; its my personal preferance to use any product as it was designed and not push my luck. To date I haven't had a deer or woodchuck complain to me that they didn't like the way the Hornady bullets blasted them apart. So I am gonna keep using 'em cause they work. I have seen way too many pictures on here of people who have killed everything on the face of the planet with matchkings. As long as it works, who am I to cast judgement.
Whether or not Sierra's stance on their matchking is truly a political/legal thing, I couldn't tell you...but I strongly suspect its an engineering thing. If they say the design parameters for the matchking were solely for punching holes in paper, then I can say with a fair degree of confidence thats exactly what they are designed for. The annals of history are filled with people using a product for an application other then what it was originally intended for. That people have alot of luck on game is pretty coincidental. After reviewing these forums I can conclude that there are alot more success stories then failure stories. And for pretty much any given bullet I can always find lots of people who will testify from experince that XYZ bullet sucks, and ABC bullet is the ultimate. The SMK is really no different. The only conceptual difference is sierra doesn't recommend it. There is no engineer with any sort of ethical mind that will sign off on a bullet performance claim where the bullet will function in a capacity that was not in the original parameters of the design regardless how many documented hunting/military sniper success stories exist with the SMK.