168 smk vs 175 smk

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by albertakid, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. albertakid

    albertakid Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Looking into trying some 175 smk's as i have had really good luck with the 168's and am wondering if there is any real advantages to the 175 smk's over the 168's if your keeping your shots inside 800 yards??

  2. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2005
    The 175's are supposed to be more accurate past 600 yards

  3. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    This is correct. The 168 is designed for up to 600 yards. The 175 is designed for 1000 yards. On paper and in theroy that is. According to my own personal experiances (in the 308 win) this HAS been the case. Now in my experiance the 168 offered no better results from 0-600 than the 175. The 175 did everything the 168 could do. t 1K it was a different story. The 175's were by far more accurate and shot perfect round holes at 1K. Even at near sea level (80'ish) and in sub zero air. This was a a mild velocity as well. Around 2550 FPS. The 168's shot nearly 2700 FPS and wouldnt make it to 1K without going sideways and obviously huge groups.

    IMHO the 175 makes the 168 near obsolete for the 308. The 168 has had some great success in matches in the past however. I still think the 168 is overrated. Just my .02
  4. Jared06

    Jared06 Active Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    My 20" Rock barrel on my bolt gun shots GMM 168gr to 1000k just fine. The 175mk carries a little more KE to 1000K so it takes a little less windage and elevation correction. I think it all just comes down to personal preference, but I could stick with the 168's in my rifle. I shoot my .260 when I know extended range is on tap for the day.