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Why do you use SMK bullets for big game?

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Re: Why do you use SMK bullets for big game?

doe I killed in South Texas with a 22-250 with 52gr MK
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    Re: Why do you use SMK bullets for big game?

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    Reading this one would think that the Berger & Sierra behaved the same, but not so from reading tons of info from the use of both on a wide variety of game.


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    Re: Why do you use SMK bullets for big game?

    The next time I see a monster on my neighbors side I might just shoot it to get even.
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    I had a guy tell me one time that's. There's a shop behind the sholder somewhere that u can shoot a deer and not hit any vitals. I don't think its true . But that's what this old timer told me at the local coffie shop once.
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    Re: Why do you use SMK bullets for big game?

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    doe I killed in South Texas with a 22-250 with 52gr MK

    I think she slipped and bumped her head!!!!

    I have been shooting deer with a 220 SMK out of my 300 RUM since 2003 and have never had one get away! I would have to say 9/10 never took more than a few steps! I wouldn't use anything else in my opinion!
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    While not long range, I use 100 gr. SMK in 25.06 and 130 gr. SMK in 7mm-08 on Pennsylvania whitetail. Lung shots create about a 2" wound channel and have always exited the far side.
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    I am a wildlife biologist in South Texas. I have taken over 500 animals with a 130gr SMK fired out of my 7STW, 150+ of which were at >400 yards. I have never seen results like the SMK produces. I have loaded 160 accubonds, which tend to poke small holes without bone contact, 140 VLD's, 160 gamekings, and barnes ttsx. I originally loaded the SMK's for playing on hogs/coyotes in the offseason @ 500+, but after seeing the internal damage, I have stuck with them. Generally, the petals peel off leaving a "cigarette butt" that mushrooms and makes a large hole, while internal damage is brutal. Most of my blood trails, while short, look like you poorer blood from a bucket, and the heart/lungs look like they were run through a blender. My longest kills, 815 and 835 yds on consecutive shots, were a pair of does- one shoulder shot, one hit in front of the vitals low neck/ point of shoulder. Neither made it more than 30 yards because of fragments that contacted lung and significant muscle damage. The same load was used to take a 3/4 grown bison, shot through the shoulders and lodged under skin opposite side. The only negative is that at extremely close range, the 3,550 fps only makes a hole about the size of a golf ball and they will generally run 50 yds or so. That's alot in south Texas brush! I also load the SMK's in 308, 300 RUM, and 6.5 calibers with similar results.
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