150 gr 6.5 smk's for hunting effectiveness?

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  1. rockwind

    rockwind Well-Known Member

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    any experiences out there. i am shooting them fairly fast, 2960 fps ish. using for mule deer and elk. i have another gun loaded for 140 berger hybrids at 3100 fps. any thoughts on which would be better overall? thanks
     
  2. Kimber7man

    Kimber7man Well-Known Member

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    I personally would use the hybrids - more guys have killed deer and elk with them. Not much history out there on the TMK’s for hunting.
     
  3. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Lancekenyon .this forum, plans on using them in his 6.5 SS. I guess he pretty much dismembered a coyote with one!
     
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  4. Farmerboy78

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    what cartridge are you running?
     
  5. rockwind

    rockwind Well-Known Member

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    A gap 6.5saum

    And to be clear. They are smk’s not tmk’s. Not sure what the difference is.
     
  6. Farmerboy78

    Farmerboy78 Well-Known Member

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    the tmk has a plastic ballistic tip
     
  7. Clucknmoan

    Clucknmoan Well-Known Member

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    I would love to run these, can’t get them to shoot well in my 8 twist 6.5 284. You should be able to run them a lot faster than that in a SAUM. Not a higher node that’s shoots well?
     
  8. rockwind

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    No. I wish. I think it’s the ****** hornady brass I’m using for that gun. It seems to show pressure a lot sooner than the norma that I am tried in my other saum. In fact it was only maybe .4 grains higher and I got signs of pressure so Not much I can do. It seems to shoot good though I just shot it this morning out to 1000 with no problems and I shot a 2” 3 shot group at 6:50 yards That’s good for me though I’m not a professional PRS guy or anything
     
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  9. Hatrick

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    .3 moa is good enough for alot of people. Probably almost every hunting gun.
     
  10. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    That's really strange. I used hornady 6.5 creed brass and when I switched to better brass like adg and peterson I lost 100 fps due to pressure signs.
     
  11. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    .3s is all I'm able to consistently hold at 100(I get target panic I think) and over had no issues reaching out to 1350 yards.
     
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  12. rockwind

    rockwind Well-Known Member

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    i'm not sure either. it is 6.5 saum brass, not creedmoor so maybe its a different animal. i get x2, maybe x3 firings out of it and the primer pocket is loose. sad. plus it doesn't seem to handle the pressure very well. but there is better brass coming out soon so that's good
     
  13. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Exact same results from me too.
     
  14. rockwind

    rockwind Well-Known Member

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    at least i don't have to neck size and neck turn though.
     
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