i just got an Encore 6.5-284 24" barrel and i am searching for a good bullet to use hunting. animals would include antelope, deer and elk. some people are suggesting a nosler partition, but the accuracy is not the greatest. i have heard of some people using MK's for hunting. my question is, has anyone shot an animal with a MK and failed to harvest it or required a second shot?
I have shot a number of animals with the Sierra MatchKings and there are a few I didn't get, this was probably not due to the bullet. I sometimes misplace animals and they also disappear in the confusion of killing them during crop damage shoots. I have at this point NOT used a 6.5mm MatchKing on anything.
I have watched a friend of mine shoot a few deer with a 6.5 x 284, some ran off never to be found. This was also during some crop damage shoots and I attribute some to less than ideal shot placement and others to bullet problems. I have heard more than once that the 142 and/or 140 6.5mm MatchKings don't perform as well as other MatchKings on critters. I'll try them myself once I have my 6.5x284 and if I have similar results or misgivings I'll try other Match Quality bullets, perhaps the Hornady A-Max.
To get a one shot stop that puts the animal in its tracks with one bullet ALL the time is a little far fetched (IMO).Just cause they may run off doesn't mean the bullet failed.The animal was full adenaline,Alerted and so on.To get a one shot kill or stopped in its tracks find a bullet that shoots sub .5 moa and shoot for the head or spine.For that you can use a full metal jacket or partition or whatever shoots best in your rifle.You can get one shot stoppers with alot of bullets but all depends on shot placement and what the animal is doing(resting,eating, bedded).Just yesterday i was out calling coyotes and one snuck in within 20 yards of me and got it with a 260 remington with a 107 Mk and it did a complete flip in the air and had an exit wound bigger than a softball.
Also took out both shoulders