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2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

 
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:15 AM
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2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

I thought I would post this on the antelope hunting board too:

I quickly rough scored the buck with a steel tape (not very accurate) twice. The first measurement came out to be a tad over 75, the second was a tad under 74 (both rough green scores). He was 14 1/4 height on one side, 14 on the other. Bases were 6 1/8 and 6. Now to the rest of the story:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Decided to go with the 300 SMK's as my 'go to' hunting bullet this year. Bought 500 of them. They are shooting great. If anything, I'm having to force myself not to overcompensate for the wind as I do most of my practice shooting with a 308.

I decided to use the 338LM to fill my speedgoat tags, as a way to test bullet and equipment prior to the elk and deer hunts. My original concern with this bullet was over-penetration without opening up and transferring its energy. After filling my doe/fawn tag, this concern was alleivated (yes, apparently I am a baby killer...but they taste sooo much better than the full-sized ones, that is whats left of them).



OK, so this time it exited. By the way, the shot was taken at 654 yards, prone off of a sandbag, 10 mph crosswind from 3:00.

Then it was time to fill the buck tag. After dinking around trying to take the biggest buck I had seen all season (in my area) with my bow, rather than with the rifle, and spooking it into the next county, then spending 4 hours unsucessfully trying to get back on it, I finally decided to settle for this one:





I took the shot at 490 yards off of my Stoney Point Tripods Sticks. There was about a 10 mph quartering wind. He was quartering towards me at a little more than 45 degrees. When I hit him, he went down hard and was DRT. This is how he went down:



This was the entrance wound:



But I couldn't find an exit wound, even after skinning him. I noticed that his back leg was broken near the hip and figured that was where the bullet ended up. Later when cutting him up, I found the jacket just past the broken leg bone, completely shed of the lead core (sorry no pics). I also found a few chunks of lead scattered around in the hind quarter meat. The really strange thing was that the meat in the hind quarters, even around the broken leg/hip, was not at all blood shot or damaged.

Anyway, I don't know how this bullet is going to perform on a large elk, if it doesn't exit from a measly speedgoat. I mean, I guess 'dead is dead' and the antelope was DRT. Also, FYI, the 300 gr SMK has a MV of 2700 fps, and is averaging 0.4 to 0.6 MOA accuracy.
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:44 PM
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Re: 2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

Good gosh. Next thing you know someone will take a speedgoat with a TAC-50 at a mile.


Hey, nothing wrong with fawns. Tasty. Goat veal.

I wouldn't worry about any failure to kill an elk with that hand howitzer. Sometimes bigger ain't better on bullet weight though.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:06 PM
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Re: 2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

The bullet didn't exit, but how many inches of penetration were there? If it was me, I wouldn't be concerned.
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:25 AM
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Re: 2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

Thats a pretty devil, great job, he looks alot like mine.
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:05 AM
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Re: 2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

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The bullet didn't exit, but how many inches of penetration were there? If it was me, I wouldn't be concerned.
Ditto, one thing you didn't mention was the condition of the entrails it passed through. Reduced to goo? Pass through the pelvis on its way to the leg? If so you delivered all the energy the bullet had and it went frangible. My thinking is, no exit is not a bad thing.

On the other hand, if you went gutless and didn't inspect the entrails and have no idea... that would be understandable. LOL

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Old 01-01-2009, 02:18 PM
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Re: 2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

Not sure I have the shot pictured correctly but wasn't the internal path of the bullet pretty much in a straight line from the rifle muzzle to the hip?

I'd say that is pretty good performance and typical for the SMK.

I wouldn't worry a bit about it.

Especially at that slow muzzle velocity
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:28 PM
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Re: 2008 Antelope Hunt - 300 SMK - Non-exit on an Antelope

Seems to be enough for antelope. If only we could find a caliber big enough for elk now.
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