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Unread 01-07-2011, 07:39 PM
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338 solids for bears

Have a newly built .338 Edge for big game hunting and long range fun. I was considering NOT using the typical round nose sytle solids but using a better ballistic coeffiecent bullet like the Lehigh/Boretech 245gr Solid.

Or should I just stay with the 300gr SMK that the gun is setup for anyways?

thanks for any help

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    Re: 338 solids for bears

    Stay with the 300SMK.
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    Re: 338 solids for bears

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    Have a newly built .338 Edge for big game hunting and long range fun. I was considering NOT using the typical round nose sytle solids but using a better ballistic coeffiecent bullet like the Lehigh/Boretech 245gr Solid.

    Or should I just stay with the 300gr SMK that the gun is setup for anyways?

    thanks for any help

    Mike
    Bears are not thick skin-ed but are tough to kill so I would recommend a bonded core bullet
    like the Accubond so it would expand and transfer more energy to the game.

    I would use something in the 225 to 250grain range.

    Solids are made for extremely tough skin-ed game that tend to stop regular hunting bullets
    and they will penetrate much deeper (4 to 6 feet ) before spending all of there energy, and
    on thin skin-ed animals they will pass through without expending very much energy and
    may not drop him .

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    I shot a 225 lb. black at 445 yds with the 300SMK this year through the vitals and blew out the offside shoulder. Acted just like it did in elk and deer--dropped immediately. That's probably a bit bigger than the average blackie--she was well fed--and the bone structure no where near as big as an elk. Vast majority of elk are much bigger than a black bear and the 300SMK works just fine for that. I've had the 300SMK take out the big leg bone on the way into a bull elks vitals this year, thrash the vitals and still demolish the offside shoulder--immediate drop from 430 something. JMHO, but unless you are hunting grizzlies or brown bears close up, I think the 300SMK will handle north american bears just fine.
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    thanks for the input guys.I didn't think the bear family of animals was considered thick skinned but hoped to find some feedback. I think i'll stick with the 300smk. Maybe when I build my african rifle in .375 Cheytac,then it will be a solid shooting thick skinned game killer.
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    Re: 338 solids for bears

    did you consider the 250gr swift A-frame,?? its hard to beat up here in alaska on bears ,,, or moose
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    thanks for the input guys.I didn't think the bear family of animals was considered thick skinned but hoped to find some feedback. I think i'll stick with the 300smk. Maybe when I build my african rifle in .375 Cheytac,then it will be a solid shooting thick skinned game killer.
    The problem with any match bullet is the consistency on game . there is no doubt they will hit
    there mark but shot to shot on game the results vary to much for me because you can't always
    have the perfect broad side shot and that is where the match kings do OK.

    Also long range shots where the 300gr MKs shine are far and few between when hunting moose
    and bears. so that's why I recommended the 250 bullets like the Accubond and as aauya
    recommended the Swift A Frame or the Partition.

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