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To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

 
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:42 PM
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To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

What does everybody think? Has anybody had any experience hunting with a Seirra Match King? I can't get Barnes to shoot right (after buying 3 boxes). The 300gr SMK shoots like a dream.

The rifle is a 338 Lapua.
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Re: To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

Took several elk and good sized mulies with them from my .338 LM. One was at 1130 yrds. Never needed a second shot all were down with in 50 yards or DRT.

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Re: To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

Don't think you'll have trouble with it, especially at longer yardages. Might not center a big bull shoulder knuckle at 50 yards, but many here had killed many elk with that bullet.
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Re: To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

The jacket on that particular bullet is thick enough that you will not have any issues. If you have want to do the research just call and ask Sierra what the thickness is compared to a Game King. Do not ask if they recommend it as a hunting bullet because they will not. Big Green makes quite a bit of money on selling to Uncle and so there will never be any formal support of the use of the SMK’s as a hunting round by the manufacturer.

I use the 250 rather than the 300 on tougher anmials than elk and never had one fail from 150 yards to 900yds. One at close to 300 left a hole the size of a softball LOL. That feral hog was shot through the shoulder that went about 450 lbs.
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Re: To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

The 300 SMK is one of the finest bullets made for shooting a long way with great accuracy
but they are not as dependable for hunting as some other bullets that are designed for hunting.

I have killed lots of game with different SMK and the accuracy made up for the unpredictable
performance but I had to consider shot placement each time so i found that bullets designed for
hunting were more dependable and predictable.

For the extreme long shot where shot placement is most important then It is a winner.

Using a meplat trimmer should help to control the expansion by making the opening in the
tip more consistent.


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Re: To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

Dug these up. My 2008 Bull with my .338 LM. 300 SMK through he shoulder @ 526 yards.

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Old 09-23-2011, 02:31 PM
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Re: To use or not to use 300gr SMK on ELK

If you are worried, try the 300 grain Berger hybrid gen 2
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