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Sierra MatchKing Bullets

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Unread 02-13-2011, 10:29 PM
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Sierra MatchKing Bullets

Has anyone ever used these bullets for groundhogs or prariedogs? I know they are not really a hunting bullet but I figured with headshots and a hollowpoint, they should work fine. I got good accuracy out of my .22-250 using the 52gr. HPBT bullet but won't be able to see how it works till the g-hogs come out. Any information is appreciated. Thanks
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Unread 02-14-2011, 09:27 AM
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Re: Sierra MatchKing Bullets

They'll work, but they're not going to be as explosive as a true carmint bullet. Take a look at the hollowpoint, and the reason is obvious. They close the nose down on MatchKings as far as they can, typically to about a .060" meplat. The hollow point openings on the hunting/varminting bullets are subtstantially larger, and promote much more violent expansion. The MatchKings tend to behave more like FMJs, but still, an FMJ at 3000 fps+ is some serious bad news on a varmint size critter. Just a matter of degrees.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 10:32 AM
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Re: Sierra MatchKing Bullets

If you trim the Meplat just enough to open the nose they will work fine.

If not , they sometimes fail to open like Kevin said.

Trimming the Meplat seems to have a positive effect on accuracy also.

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Unread 02-14-2011, 10:47 AM
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Re: Sierra MatchKing Bullets

I carried my 22-250 to south dakota a few years back to shoot prairie dogs. My load was 33.3 gr of varget and 52 sierra MK. I found that many of my shot lead to pin holes though the prairie dogs and them running off. My next tip I plan on having a good supply of 55gr vmax's
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Unread 02-27-2011, 12:00 AM
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Re: Sierra MatchKing Bullets

Duckslayer12: I have killed Prairie Dogs and Rock Chucks with the wonderfully accurate 52 gr. Sierra MatchKings in the distant past!
I found out though that they are simply to prone to ricochet to Hunt with. I quit using them about 25 years ago and won't Hunt with ANYONE that shoots them!
There are simply TO MANY frangible (safe!) bullets that are accurate to use these hard as nails bullets in the field.
I suggest the wonderful 52 grain Berger bullets if your 22-250 likes 52 grainers.
Its a long story but I used to Hunt Rock Chucks on a dairy farm in central Idaho for MANY years. One year I saw the farm owner and he was loading a dead cow onto the rendering truck. It seems a 52 grain Sierra MatchKing struck the adult dairy cow in the hip and the wound festered to the point they had to kill the cow.
They dug the bullet out (a Sierra 52 grain HP/BT!) of the dead cow and I asked my friend for the bullet as I had an idea WHO had let that bent nosed bullet ricochet into the Cow about a week or so before I came into the state.
The dairyman wanted to keep the bullet for himself and show the other folks who Hunted on his ranch what happens when due care is not used!
Nope... find another bullet and forsake the wonderfully accurate Sierra 52 and 53 grain MatchKings for Hunting and just use them at the range with a safe burm background!
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Unread 02-27-2011, 09:21 AM
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Re: Sierra MatchKing Bullets

I agree with VarmintGuy , way too many Ricochets in my 223 . I was surprised at one Ranch in SD where the Cattle actually came-in and milled around once I started Shooting .....made me a little nervous ! That Rancher wanted to see the Bullets I was using and was happy with my Vmaxs . Not impressed with airtime on Pdogs either with the Sierras . The Sierras are wonderfully Accurate though , and I use them to judge if I have purchased a used Lemon . I've been fortunate : none so far . However , when I factor in the overall cost of the Trip , the small extra cost for Vmaxs or other Polytips is ( for me ) insignificant . YMMV .

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Unread 02-27-2011, 09:47 AM
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Re: Sierra MatchKing Bullets

I used both the Sierra's and Hornady's for alot of years out of my 220 Swift.
Shot lots and lots of prarie dogs with them. I also used Nosler ballistic tips alot, and more recently the V-max's too. Also shot HP's designed for varmints.

As previously stated above, the matchkings were the most accurate with H-380 in my gun. They did expand on prarie dogs out to about 500 yds, but not quite the impressive shows of the Ballistic tips and V-max's.

I have never shot near cattle in a dog town, and ricochets are kinda the least of our worries in most parts of Wyoming usually. Most of the time we can see for 1000's of yards beyond what we're aiming at. I've heard them all ricochet, at one time or another. Nobody has any business shooting towards any kind of livestock, with any caliber or bullet!!
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