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Unread 04-29-2006, 10:19 AM
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A pic worth a thousand words:

THese two holes are about 15" into newspaper and were made by a 225 grain .338 accubond and a .338 250 grain Sierra MK. The ab is on the left.

The paper was 420 yards away and the accubond left my barrel at 3290 and the mk left at 3065.

Another view:

And the recovered bullets:

I might get flamed for this one because
I know many here have had nothing but good luck with MK's on game, but in numerous tests like this one, the MK's have given me inconsistent performance at best. Maybe it is just bad with the 338's because they have a much thicker jacket than lesser calibers. I don't know. But one thing I know for sure, the AB's work so darn good why go to anything else for hunting purposes. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Unread 04-29-2006, 10:58 AM
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Re: A pic worth a thousand words:

Goodgrouper, thanks for sharing your results! I think that most of us are busy, otherwise we can't buy toys, so the more info that we share for all the calibers, guns etc., the
more we all benefit.
Although I have been hunting since I was 10, the concept or
practice of long range hunting (beyond 400-500 yds.) is fairly new to me, only in the last 2-3 years. My observation
may not be totally accurate, but it seems to me that the
hunters that use the MK for the most part are the ones that
have been in this game for a long time & continue to do so,
probably because when they started you needed a MK to get
the BC & long range accuracy required. If they get good results, fine but it appears to me that more bullets like the Accubond & Wildcat are showing up that have the BC &
Accuracy along with terminal results we want, so you can have you cake and eat it. Probably in the next couple of years we will have all the bases covered with these bullets.
I think at this stage of the game I will use game bullets
for hunting except for Deer & Antelope where I may use a MK
or more likely an A-Max, but that is a different story. But
for those who use a MK on bigger stuff and it works for you, great!
You will not make peace with the Blue Coats, you are free to go.
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Unread 04-29-2006, 02:45 PM
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Re: A pic worth a thousand words:

i'd use whichever shot the best at long range.
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Unread 04-29-2006, 03:11 PM
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Re: A pic worth a thousand words:

I'm planning to use the 180 Accubonds in my 300 SAUM for hunting,hopefully I'll get good accuracy from them.
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Unread 04-29-2006, 03:22 PM
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Re: A pic worth a thousand words:


I bet you just made Pop's day

Hard to argue with results like that.

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Unread 04-29-2006, 03:56 PM
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Re: A pic worth a thousand words:

not realy an apples to apples test is it?
the AB has a 200+fps velocity advantage and I'm sure that the 225gr AB is a bit shorter than the 250gr MK , not positive but I would think.
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Unread 04-29-2006, 04:05 PM
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Re: A pic worth a thousand words:

Thanks for the results, it's always interesting.

One thing I'll mention is I believe SMK's vary enough from cal to cal and weight to weight that one shouldn't generalize about them (as so many anti-MK types do). Each specific bullet should really be tested to see if it performs the way you want. I've many done similar tests in 30 Cal between the 200 AB and the 240 SMK and the results have always been the opposite--the 240 making a much bigger hole all the way through. But that doesn't mean I'll automatically assume the 210's will perform the same way--I wouldn't use those until I've tested them the same way.
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