Originally Posted by lloydsmale
by the way how has that seirra 160 hp game king bullet performed for you on game. Does it hold together. reason i asked is i just bought a couple boxes of that same bullet to try in my 7mag ruger. Have you tried the 140 version?
I hunt to put meat in the freezer. I DO NOT HIT BONE. I can't remember loosing a shoulder. The game kings have done awesome! I routinely hit between ribs and the hpbt explodes making a 4-6" hole most the way through the chest cavity. I can't remember an elk go more than 20 feet. My dad barrowed my rifle and shot his 7x8 bull at 630yrds. The bullets recovered made it 4-6" in and mushroomed. The only time I have had them do that. Penetration was sad.
To answer your question, if I never planned on shooting past 500yrds I would shoot nothing but the game kings because of the success I have had. My dad experiments with different bullets and I have not seen anything that drops elk as quickly as these. I think dad shot a few elk with his .270 and the hpbt game kings, but I don't know anything about the 140gr bullets.
The only elk I have tracked blood trails had bullets pass through. NOT FUN! One my dad shot leaked lots of blood and we tracked him for almost a mile. I traveled across an area dad gave up 200 yards before me and when I quit I was literally on my hands and knees with a 300 yard drop below me. Never did find that one. Last year dad shot a bull 3 times with .270 sst's before the bull went down. 1 in the boiler room, 1 in the flank and trough the rear leg, and 1 broke the front leg. It was moving he said, none the less the sst did not drop the bull.
The 7wsm I bought for last elk season dropped a bull at 200 yrds 1 shot. I was using the 160 Winchester supreme bullets. Some kind of hollow point with a black coating. Bullet performed just as well as the sierra hpbt game kings, yet I don't gut my elk so I never recovered the bullet as much as I wanted to. We just ran out of time for exploratory surgery. That was the first factory ammo I have ever used hunting in my life and it did well.
Hope this helps.