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Old 11-27-2001, 03:25 PM
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Matchkings for hunting??

I am interested to hear of some of your experiences using the matchking bullets for hunting. How well do they work? Anybody have problems with terminal performance?

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Old 11-27-2001, 04:31 PM
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Re: Matchkings for hunting??

Yes, Many of us use the Sierra Match Kings for hunting and have for years.
We found long ago that they are extremely efficient killing bullets for deer and elk.

Would I use them on a Grizz or a Water Buff, NO.

I use them In my 6.5/300 (140 Gr) Weatherby, 7/300 (168 gr) Weatherby, 30/378 Weatherby (200 gr, 220, gr and 240 Gr MK) and the 338/416 Rigby (300 Gr) they work fine and kill even better.

I also use them in my 264 Mag, 6.5 Gibbs, and 7mm mag in LR carry guns.

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Old 11-27-2001, 06:24 PM
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Re: Matchkings for hunting??

I've used MatchKings in several calibers on various critters.

The 6mm 107 grain MatchKing on probably close to 50 deer and have had spectacular performance, not one problem.

The .338 caliber 300 grain MatchKing on deer and moose. One shot kills on all, I have pictures of the terminal results and recovered bullets, very impressive.

The .224 69 grain MatchKing on deer, again no problem.

The .30 caliber 168 and 175 on deer, all dead.

As Darryl stated, they are not dangerous game bullets but are very good for non-dangerous game.
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Re: Matchkings for hunting??

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Kirk Kelso told me he used a Matchking on his grizzly at 200 plus yards in open mountain country. Very dead bear.

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Old 11-28-2001, 04:33 AM
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Re: Matchkings for hunting??

Len

I recall that thread now.

I guess it's a matter of what we're comfortable with, I don't hunt bears very often and don't have the exposure to the critters. If they were a fairly routine item I'd probably use the MatchKings on them too but I'm not too comfortable with my ability to control the situation well enough to feel like trying the MatchKings on bears (yet).

I guess this is maybe how other folks feel about using MatchKings on deer and other deer-like animals... Perhaps not enough exposure to the animals and no confidence in the ability to kill with a non-premium "hunting" bullet.

(I know I can walk away from a less than adequate setup on a deer and try again later... on a bear I don't know if MY walking away will satisfy the bear that the encounter has ended [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] . I need more time hunting bears I guess, seems like a good justification!!)
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Re: Matchkings for hunting??

I TOO WAS WORRIED ABOUT USING THEM ON DEER.BUT AFTER BEING HERE AND FINDING OUT THE PERFORMANCE PEOPLE WHERE GETTING,I THOUGHT TO GIVE IT A TRY.AFTER ONE DEER AT 112 AND THREE AT 402 YARDS I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE.ALL SHOWED EXELLENT EXPANSION,THE ONE AT 112YDS. HAD A 5IN. EXIT HOLE SHOT WAS TIGHT BEHIND THE SHOULDER.THE THREE AT 402YDS. WAS MORE OF THE SAME,4.5-5.5IN.EXIT HOLES.
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Re: Matchkings for hunting??

I'm sure the MK is leathal on grizz but have tuff bullets ready. No doubt a double lung shot would leave an exellent blood trail and the farther away, to a point, would be easyer on the bullet and guarantee more penitration end exit. If the bear was on flat, barren ground and couldn't ambush us after a bad shot on retreival, I wouldn't hesitate.

Here's the story of what happened south of King Salmon AK. when my neighbor Bob and my brother Derrick took Bobs 10' brown bear.

My brother was on a hill about 3/4 mile away as he watched Bob stalk this bear. At 80yds Bob put a 300gn Nosler through both front legs just below the shoulder as it stood broadside. The bear fell, then got up and ran right at him. Another shot in the chest put him down again, but right back up and charging he came, another shot and he fell. Bob was empty, as he fed the chamber at first with one of the 3 in the mag instead of dropping one in to leave the three under the bolt.

Bob had three more rounds in his pocket wich he loaded and fired one at a time as the bear got up and continued at him after falling with each shot. With the last shot my brother said "Bob got on his knee and waited for the bear to get 20 feet away and shot him under the chin in the vertebra and he died there." Later my brother asked him why he got down and waited for him to run the last 20yds. Bob said "I only had one round left and I was lunch so it had to kill him then." He also said if he had loaded the mag up before firing again he would have been killed before he got off another shot. 7 rounds and everything internal was destroyed including both front legs. They had to cut him in half to roll him over because the front legs were jelly and had no leverage with them.

Here's a pic of the latest bear taken with 338wm and a 250X bullet 75' shot twice, once through the nostral out the jaw and through the right side chest and lung by Brian and another a double lung by my brother Derrick wich dropped him for good. 9'3" sq. up Knik River area. Derrick and Meadow his girlfriend.


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