Originally Posted by huntinfool18
thanks for the input guys. i figured i needed to hit bone on these goats and deer for it to do anything. do you think it would do the same thing on an elk if i didnt hit bone???
Distance becomes the factor here too. But I feel the heavier front rib of an elk will expand them fine at most distances. I have taken two elk with the 300 SMK. The first a 6x6 at 526 yards was a direct shoulder punch. The elk traveled maybe 50 yards, put his head down and tumbles azz over appetite. This bullet broke the near shoulder destroyed both lungs and lodged in the oposite shoulder almost exiting. That bullet retained over 60% of its weight.
The other elk a 5x5 was at 1130 yards. He was 3/4 facing me and I centered it for a forward high shoulder. The wnd got me left about 8" and the bullet entered high on the base of the neck. This bull rared up and over backwards and fell dead like he was lightning struck. Never kicked. Some luck there for sure. But the bonus was no ruined meat!!
I am using the Berger Hybrid this year because my and Roy's expansion tests show them to expand well. And they are so darn accurate in my rifle at 1000 plus. But if I had not tried the bergers I would have no issues what so ever using the SMK for hunting. I would hate to even try to count all the long range game they have taken. Members here alone.