Tell me about Gameking accuracy and performance. I have gotten great accuracy out of 220 MK's and killed my biggest deer yet last weekend with one. Instant kill does not adequately describe it but I have not liked their performance on wild hogs. These pigs have thick plate skin that can be inches thick. Any one used Gamekings on them? How has accuracy compared to a MK? Thanks gentlemen
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Several years ago I shot a larger hog with a 160 GMK in 7mm. I estimate the pig was 300+ lbs. and it was at 80 yds distance. The pig was moving on a trail that gave me a front quartering shot with the pig moving across and towards me. The bullet hit mid-way up behind the left shoulder traversed the torso and broke three ribs on the off side but did not exit. The impact visibly rocked the pig, but did not put him down, he wheeled and retraced from whence he came. We found him about 200 yds. from where I hit him.
That was the first animal I shot with the 7mm Mag that did not drop in its tracks. I do worry what a GMK would do if it hit a solid bone or the "shoulder plate" at mag velocities under 150 yds. So, now my pig load consists of partitions, but I have not since shot a pig near the size of the one above so cannot say comment on the partitions performance.
thank you. That is excatly what happened to me. I rolled a pig at 300yds with a 220MK leaving the muzzle at 3175fps that made it over 100 yds after she got back up. I could not believe it. In our brush down here that just doesn't work. I shot a beautiful 11 point last weekend with same at 125yds which is a shot I would not have taken had it not been such a great buck. I have my feeder at 500yds but the rut is on. Anyway he dropped like he was hit by lightening but the entrance wound was huge (immediate expansion) and no exit. I'm looking for the best bullet for 300-600 yds that will hold together better, tolerate the velocity and be accurate. Am I asking for too many things given the velocity from a rifle like this? (300 RUM, 30"bbl, tight neck) or should I just slow the 220MK's down a bunch for that range?
honey, all I need is just one more, I promise!
You know, I think the big pigs are just tough SOB's that can soak up a lot of energy and keep on going. I agree with you regarding the brush, if they make it to the brush, only the buzzards and coyotes will find them.
My current thinking for the big ones (300lb.+) is to shoot for the head, or to use a bullet that will break a major bone and still get to the vitals. Using the partitions I have to limit shots to about 150yds because I can't get the accuracy I get with the ballistic tips and SMK's.
On the subject of long range loads for short range shots, I do load the Game Kings for use inside 200 yds and the load is a bit milder than what I use to push the ballistic tips.
Oops, I forgot to add, congrats on taking a nice buck.
Finally!! Someone other than my crew has experinced the tougher variety of hogs.
I go down to Knox County TX at least once a year to shoot hogs and I have a fairly difficult time convincing folks that the variety of hogs there are VERY TOUGH. I've shot many and have lost some even though they were hard hit, it's amazing how though they are. (I've also shot a few on some high fence game farms and they died pretty easy by comparison.)
I used the 250 GameKing from a 338 Lapua on my second trip to TX (several years back), here's some "tales".
First shot(s) were at a sow in a sounder of running hogs, first round broke her leg but had little effect. Second round was about 300 yards later as she zig-zagged through a dry wash, this round cut a large gash into her side as it entered the chest cavity blowing many feet of guts out and she died within a few feet.
A few minutes after this encounter a LARGE boar stepped into a ranch road about 250 yards distance, I centered the crosshairs on the forward chest and touched off the round. He reared up a bit (like Silver in the Lone Ranger) and bolted through the fence. I was sure this was a good hit and patiently waited for the next hog. A short while later another entered the road behind me and I swiveled around like a tank turret (I'm prone on the ground) to get a shot off. There were many hogs piled up in a queue to get through the fence. I lined up on a smallish, quartering to, sow (100 - 150 pounds)in hopes of getting a pass through into another small hog. The round entered in the forward chest left side and never exited, I found it lodged unter the skin over the right hip. Distance to the hogs on this shot was about 80 yards. The sow gave no reaction to being hit other than to advance her position in the fence queue and leave the area, I found here dead about 100 yards onto the 6666's (I don't know if I killed her of she died of fright from being on the 6666's uninvited [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img].
But lets get back to this "Hi Ho Silver" boar! After I'd shot one more sow down near the spot I'd shot the boar I figured I'd go round them up and locate the rest of the dead. I initially passed the closer location for the last sow, there was blood but I elected to find the boar as I was sure he was of trophy status. Once on location at the site of the hit on the boar I spotted blood, globs of fat, bone (ribs I'm sure) and hair. I tracked that hog onto the neighbors place but lost the trail after about 200 yards. This is in a fairly open mesquite and prickly pear covered area. I was certain I'd find that hog as even when tracking I'd find bits and pieces of him along the trail (bone or more fat). The "guide" showed up and squimishly helped track the hog along with my hunting partner. (The guide knew we were not on friendly ground and had warned up to stay clear of the neighbors!) We never did find that hog and we searched for better that an hour before we decided to look for the last (third) sow, didn't find her either.
Al "Groceryman" Fiorille went donw this year for the first time, he thought for sure he'd do better on those hogs but came away with a better understanding too. He knocked a running boar over with a 300 Win mag at about 100 yards, great shot too! I was in the act of congratulating him when the thing got back up and ran off. This hog had done the "flopping tuna" thing for a few second and we were both sure it was dead but apparently the hog disagreed. Four of us tracked that hog for uver 1/2 mile and no dead hog.
The rule for those tougher hogs is, use a really big gun, breaks supporting bones or head shoot. They are remarkably tough and whatever you do, don't follow them into the Cedar breaks (another story but I'll tell it later).