SMK modification for hunting?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by huntinfool1979, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. huntinfool1979

    huntinfool1979 Member

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    Has anyone tried modifying Matchkings by trimming the meplat to more like the gamekings? I would figure with a larger meplat and the thinner jacket of the Matchking, it should open well at lower velocities and longer ranges. The 125 gr SMKs in a 300 blackout would be prime example for low velocity longer range expansion.
     
  2. gebhardt02

    gebhardt02 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't heard of anybody doing that specifically for a hunting application. I've personally used the 175 SMK out of a .308 Win with very nice results (two or three steps before droping, mature mule deer) but the shot placement was good also. When using match bullets, or any bullet, shot placement is the critical factor. FWIW, I don't think Sierra recommends the SMK's for hunting so if you do use them, make sure of your shot placement and I think you'll be fine with the SMK's as they are out of the box. Mine opened up just fine on the muley.

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  3. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    I did it a few years ago. 190smk and the BC fell off the table. As low as the hornady 190 btsp hunting bullet. May as well just use hunting bullets at that point.
     
  4. Nomosendero

    Nomosendero Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a good time for an A-Max