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Old 07-22-2002, 10:33 AM
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Re: Freakish fliers

Garrum,

I don't hunt for much but coyotes any more. ( But I hunt a lot of them [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] )

I've tried the SMK's and 300 yards seems to be their magic number. Under 300 and they tend to make extremely large holes in the coyote, but at 300 they, so far at least, make nice neat Small holes. And the coyote can be recovered at the point of impact.

I've tried the AMax's also, but if they have a magic range that they will quit blowing the hide off, I haven't found it. Not a good bullet if you want to sell the fur.

Tim
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Old 07-23-2002, 09:50 PM
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Garrum-
For good 7mm bullets check out Northwest Custom Projectile www.customprojectile.com he has a 162gr. hunting bullet BC of .559!
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Old 07-24-2002, 02:27 PM
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Re: Freakish fliers

Hmmm, if SMK's blow up before 300 yds, then I wont be able to use them for hunting. But I could use them to see if a heavier bullet would help my situation.

MTBA, those .284 bullets look tough as nails, and at $45 per 100, I suppose they aren't terribly overpriced for what you're getting. But before I go and order a box, I'm going to exhaust all the locally available bullet choices and see if one of them will work.
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Re: Freakish fliers

Garrum

It was the "Amax" that Tim said kept blowing the hide off. Not the Sierra MK blowing up.

Maybe I didn't read all the posts though.

I have used Match Kings in every caliber I have shot and never had a SMK bullet blow up. The jackets on the MK are thicker then any custom bullet I know of and even thicker then some so called hunting bullets.

If your wondering about the 7mm bullets as I saw another poster mention, I always shoot the 168 Gr in my 7mm Mags. and with H4831 Powder.

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Old 07-24-2002, 08:29 PM
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Re: Freakish fliers

My bad, Darryl. I didn't read Tim's post clearly. As I read it the first time, I assumed that he meant that under 300yds, SMK's blew up, but on reading it again, I see he said "...they tend to make extremely large holes...". That's definately not the same as "blow up".

Also, I didn't know that SMK's had thick jackets. I always assumed that they would have super thin jackets, to lessen the chance of one side being heavier than the other.

SMK's are sounding better and better. What I may do, after finding out if they shoot well in my rifle, is rustle up a bunch of old newspaper and perform my own penetration test. That would belay any fears of potential blow up that I might have. If they can handle a fifty yard shot fairly well, then I'll be set.
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Garrum,

Shooting coyotes is a little different from most game. A coyote will give you a general idea of how a bullet will perform. But the only definite way to know is try them, or view the results of someone else using them.

The coyotes I have shot with the SMK's under 300 yards, may have just had the misfortune of hitting a leg bone on one side of the other. I remember a few of them were those unfortunate quartering in shots, that disemboweled the coyote on exit.

The 7 RM is going to pass though a coyote. It's the nature of the beast. But the nice thing I found with the SMK's, is after 300 yards, the few coyotes I've shot, have fallen over and done the helicopter trick. With out large exit wounds. A wonderful thing for guys like me who like to take the coyote home after the hunt.

On the other hand, I don't think I've ever carried a coyote back to the jeep after being hit with an AMax. [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
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