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Who uses SMKs for hunting?

 
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:35 PM
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Who uses SMKs for hunting?

I know that Sierra states that their SMKs are not hunting bullets, but I have read on occasion where people use the SMKs for hunting. For the folks that use them to hunt with, what are your experiences with the bullet? Thanks for the advice as always.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:05 PM
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Re: Who uses SMKs for hunting?

Last October I took my son on his first big game hunt for antelope in Wyoming. When we were getting ready to go I discovered that we hadn't done any load development on 6.5 130 vld Berger hunting bullets I had bought a few months before. He and I talked about it and decided we would go with our 120 SMK prairie dog loads. He shot an antelope at 470yds that was quartering away. The bullet went in behind the ribs on the right side, nicked the front of the stomach, cut a half inch groove in the heart and exited through the off shoulder. Looking at the heart and off shoulder it didn't expand very much. It doesn't take much to kill an antelope and we discussed the possibility of a close range shot. We agreed if the antelope was close he was not to shoot it through the shoulder. After being hit this antelope walked about 75 yards, circled once, stood and wobbled and fell over. He bled out in the chest cavity.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:32 PM
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Re: Who uses SMKs for hunting?

I shot a 380lb hog with a 240smk out of my rum at a touch over 400yards. I never recovered the bullet but it did leave a tennis ball size exit would. It was a double lung shot. At least I assume it was I never could find his lungs only a but of spaghetti sauce looking stuff.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:41 AM
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Re: Who uses SMKs for hunting?

I've shot deer, antelope and a slew of African plaines game with a 338 RUM, using a 250 grn SMK. All one shot kills from 100 yards to 620 yards. Animals from 125lbs to 800lbs.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:00 AM
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Re: Who uses SMKs for hunting?

as a famous gun pundit once wrote "let a lot of air in, and a lot of blood out", any projectile that does that will kill an animal. It's a question of "should I " when it comes to using a target bullet on game animals. IMHO if you need the extra accuracy (at long range)of the match type bullet to make the kill shot, you need to get closer to the animal.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:09 AM
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Re: Who uses SMKs for hunting?

CRNA,

You picked a good topic to start an argument......... uh, I mean a discussion .

I have killed dozens of critters from elk to deer and antelope with SMKs at ranges from 30 yards to a little over 1000. Most have dropped in their tracks, a few ran 50 yards or so, and maybe 2 or three ran 100 yards. I have never lost an animal or had a difficult track when I shoot a critter with an SMK.

Keep in mind I am shooting a 338 using 250s or 300s. In calibers smaller than .30 I don't know if I would be so gung ho about using them for big game, but I know some on this site do and have had great success so I am certainly not going to say they won't work. It is just some of the biggest critics of SMKs or Bergers for hunting often are guys shooting the smaller calibers.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:11 AM
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Re: Who uses SMKs for hunting?

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as a famous gun pundit once wrote "let a lot of air in, and a lot of blood out", any projectile that does that will kill an animal. It's a question of "should I " when it comes to using a target bullet on game animals. IMHO if you need the extra accuracy (at long range)of the match type bullet to make the kill shot, you need to get closer to the animal.


You definately need the accuracy and the BC. This is a long range hunting site, not a "lets get closer site"

I have seen the 175 SMK 30 caLIBER AND THE 240 smk used on game an they are very effective. I use the 300 SMK in my 338 Lapua and it is a real hammer on game.

SMK is nothing more than a cup and core bullet, thye are rather frangile at close range as one would expect but, are VERY effective at long range with good penetration and terminal performance. Sierra will never recommend the SMK for hunting as long as the Military are buting millins of them> The fact that Sierra does not recommend the SMK for hunting is a part of the ruling that the Military uses in determining that the SMK is a legal bullet for military use
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