Re: 7mm 175gr SMK for hunting.
Roninflag, here we go again with match bullets vs game.
Generally speaking the bullets we use need to expand at slower velocities; this is why we use the MATCH BULLETS for LONG RANGE HUNTING, but knowing the limits of your gear and your own limits is paramount.
I do not use Senars on game because they do not expand at all but hit an animal in the right place in the head with a Senar and yeah you’ll kill it.
Like most of the guys on here we get all set up, geared up and practice for shots that most hunters don’t even consider, now the beauty of having a passion for super accurate rifles and long range accuracy is if and when a simple/close shot presents itself the thoughts of “oooh um yeah hell hope I hit it” is not an option for us, it is “ok where am I going to place this bullet? In the eye? Behind the ear or base of the neck, where ever.
Case in point a mate and I shot two red hinds with my 284 shooting 162 Amaxes,we were hoping for shots 300 yrds + this is why we were using this bullet, as it turned out the two we got were only at 120 yrds, big animals yes, close...yes, right bullet choice.. to be honest... NO. BUT, and A BIG BUT is at 120 yrds that 7mm 162 gr MATCH BULLET entered at the base of the neck on both animals, both animals died before their heads hit the ground, where I was aiming, THE SHOT WAS PLACED FOR THE MOST EFFECTIVE PLACE TO KILL THE ANIMAL QUICKLY.
My point is, I knew I did not have the bullet to go for a shoulder shot, it wouldn’t have penetrated to the vitals, I was too close and the bullet would have more than likely blown up on the surface.
What I did know is that the bullet in the right place was going to kill those animals, and we had the kit and the confidence to put the bullet where it needed to be.
I have literally lost count of animals I’ve killed with match bullets.
Put that 175 gr SMK in the right place and it will kill.