The horandy 150 SST has a BC of .525. They shoot as well out of my gun as the 135 SMK. I have yet to shoot any thing but paper with them. I would think that they would do a number on a hog. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
What kind of damage on deer were you getting with the SMK's and at what ranges. What happens if you miss a rib or hit the shoulder. Not bashing just want facts so I can decide if they are better or worst than the SST for my hunting needs. What is the difference between H4831 and IMR 4831. Is one better than the other. Thanks.
I'm not Vern but, my experiance with the MK is, even when you hit a shoulder in a Mule deer, whitetail or elk, the Mks I have used will go through the shoulders amd tear a very nice hole. Some VERY large exit holes and some about the size of a grapefruit.
Check out the pictures of MK kills above on the other thread.
That one deer that Boyd posted for me was one I killed at only 75 yards.
I shot that one to show that MKs will expand at close range as well as Longrange.
I won't use any other bullet for elk, or deer (i hunt these the most) in my longrange rifles.
I did kill 35 deer at close range (out to 200 yards) with my 270 Winchester when I was a young pup.
For a tough bullet with a high BC, I'd agree with a previous poster; Accubond - Interbond or Scirocco.
However, the most amazing performance of all the bullets that I've used is a 150gr Failsafe in the little ol' .308 win. Deer, large boar and a 280lb black bear all fell over like they were playing DEAD when hit with this bullet. Personally, I shoot mostly Nosler bullets but that Failsafe bullet is something you just gotta try. If it shoots in your rifle, you'll never go back to anything else. RELIABLE
Looks like you have a hand full of bullets to choose from. Pick one of the higher BC bullets that you like and see if it will shoot in your gun. Some barrels dont like some bullets. Good luck.
DC. I get the odd deer up close (50y). Will the SMK's open at that range if ribs are missed? I have a good load for a 140g SST, 5 into 4 inches at 500 yards (factory tikka). Will use these for this years hunt before I decide if I should try the SMK. The load I had for the SMK's a few years ago shot 3.5 at 500y if I remember right. I have never used H4831. Is it worth my time to try some?
The Deer pic that was posted by Boyd for me under MK pics above was killed at 75 yards with a 168 gr MK from my 280 Mountain rifle.
The MK will open up at close range, or at least has, for me.
If your getting good accuracy from the bullet you mentioned and are happy with it, by all means, stick with it.
At 50 yards just about "ANY" bullet will kill a deer. It certainly don't take much for whitetail deer. 222 Remingtons have killed plenty of them and 220 Swifts are unreal for killing deer.
Many bullets (even so called hunting bullets)missing bone and going through 10" of soft tissue, especially lungs, will expand very little. At ultra high velocity some will blow up on the surface while others will go on through and cause an exit hole about the size of a silver dollar if not touching bone. I like the silver dollar sized exits or one that you can lay a volley ball in. I have had both wounds mentioned above plus orange and grapefruit sized exits from different MK bullets and at different yardages.
Match kings have given me the clean quick kills we strive for over the years at close and extreme longrange.
NEVER has a MK bullet blown up on the shoulder of a deer or elk like I have heard from other hunters about their experiances because they used a thin jacked bullet for the wrong application.
Stick with what works the best for you and the rifle you use. Sounds like the bullet/rifle combination you have, will put meat on the table.