168gr SMK?

Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by bowhunthard, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    Is a 168gr SMK enough bullet for black bears @ 300-400 yds out of a 30-06? If not, what would the maximum range be for correct bullet performance/energy? I'm loading for someone, and am looking for a bullet (that I preferably have) that will work from 0 - 300 or 400 yds. The gentleman who I am loading for probably would have nightmares @ 400 yds, but I'd like to prepare for that distance just in case.

  2. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    My hunting pard and I tried using the 168 SMK from our .308's on game 12 years ago or so. It didn't work out real well for us. Some complete penetration with what appeared to be zero expansion, others essentially blew up on contact. This was on pronghorn, mule deer and some smaller predators & varmints. Great target bullet but at .308 Win velocity it didn't seem to be a very good hunting bullet. For us. Granted, we didn't use them on black bear.

    Yet, I've heard from other guys who have had great results from that bullet.

    Personally I'd go with something else, almost anything else. A 165 gr Nosler Partition comes to mind, or one of the many other quality .30 cal 165/168 gr hunting bullets.

    Regards, Guy

  3. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    I have used the SMK's on bears and other game, the 168-190 specifically with very inconsistent results.

    I would suggest a minimum of 168 ballistic tip. The BC is higher also. Dont over look the 165 ACCUBONDS.
  4. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Sierra specifically says that SMK's are not hunting bullets. Although many use them with great success. There are many of great hunting bullets out there that are equally as acurate.....ballistic tips, e-tips, accubond.
  5. pdog06

    pdog06 Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Try the SGK's instead. Still very good accuracy and alot more expansion. Hornady Amax is another good choice, as are Accubonds, Nosler ballistic tips, and Barnes TSX's.

    Since each gun is different you just gotta see what it likes, but those are some good ones to try.

    Would definately want atleast 168gr though.
  6. theodore

    theodore Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    A 30-06 throwing a 168 grain bullet at 400 yards will work on black bears. Bullet selection is the problem.

    Everybody has there own selection on type of bullets. I prefer the vlds, ballistic tips and sst for higher expansion vs the harder bullets that are more consistent for passthrough like accubond, interbond, barnes...

    Don't know much about sierra...
  7. BigDaddy0381

    BigDaddy0381 Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2007
    165gr accubond with 50gr of varget and CCI 200 is a great load out to 500 yards well thats as far as it has been shot to thus far.