I know the 300gr SMK is a very popular bullet around here (and rightfully so, what a BC!!), but do you guys actually hunt with these things? If so, what type of game and at what max range? Just curious
I have used the 300 SMK on 3 moose (all one shot kills), many feral hogs in central Texas, Alberta whitetail deer and whitetails in other places too. It is a fairly good bullet for long range, my furthest BIG game kill with it was a paltry 439 yards on an Alberta moose.
Depends on what you are shooting them out of. Go here: Defensive Edge Custom Gunsmithing Click on videos, then "2007 bear video". If you have a gun to get them there, they work plenty well. That guy is a sponsor of this site, and could shed a lot more light on the subject than myself.
I use the .300 SMK's in my .338-.378 Weatherby and have taken several PA whitetails between 1200 - 1400 yards with the furthest at 1515 yards. We've shot some black bears out to 800 and they all just dropped. A very precision rifle is a must at these extreme yardages. Yeah we miss on the first shot sometimes ( there is a alot of air between you and 1500 yards) but a quick follow up and correction ( if the animal hasn't changed yardage) and usually the 2nd shot is dead on. You must know your rifle and be confident on making extreme long range shots. I've been long range hunting for 18 years and I never took a shot past 750 yards until about 5 years ago. Now I live for the extreme long range. As I remember, only one deer that ran more than 50 yards before piling up, it did about a 400 yard death run straight down the mountain before piling up on his back, got it on video, it's pretty cool.
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