168 SMK and ELK

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Firecat, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Firecat

    Firecat Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    I'm headed out for a cow elk hunt after Thanksgiving. I am shooting some 168gr SMK through my 30-06 at around 2930. Would any of you try these for this purpose? My main rifle is a 300 win shooting 180gr SGK. I will only use the 30-06 for a backup rifle. If it comes down to me needing to use it, what conditions would yo prefer for the 168? High Shoulder, No Bone, etc.? Thanks
  2. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2004

    Well based on my reply above, I would not consider the SMK anyway. I've used these and have had friends use these on little Alabama whitetails with mixed results. Mostly, these bullets redefine "penciling" through for us, far worse than any Barnes bullet. So, even though I know many disagree with my view, I'd suggest you use a different bullet in the 30.06. That said, if this is not a consideration for you, then I would most definitely aim for shoulder and the thickest part of it at that. At least in that case, the impact should shatter enough bone to reach the spine region and hopefully shock the animal well enough to kill it or put it down for good so you can put a finishing shot in it.
  3. budlight

    budlight Well-Known Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    I'm not a classic heart lung broad side shooter. I have the best not move from the spot kills forward from the shoulders neck shots. or straight on chest. or right between the eyes looking at me

    I was trying to think of other elk.................. I got one after calling that got spooked like 75 degree angle trotting away and I had to aim in an opening where I thought it would go . I did not want to hit guts so I shot high in th rib cage and the bullet went out inside its front shoulder by its neck. It kind of trotted another 30 yrds and piled up

    Elk are not tuff I've got then all with one shot kills and my first was with a 30-6 I'm a spine or head shooter. I got awy from lung broad side when I had a deer run a 1/2 mile and nearly lost it as it.

    bullet weight. You want something to expand and not blow up. On the other ennd of the scale you don't want hard copper hpbt's that go through a 1/2 inch of steel.
  4. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    If you have another option, I would use it. If you must use the 168 SMK, you would be wise to avoid bone and keep the range at 150 yards or less.
  5. Guy M

    Guy M Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Mixed results from me and my buds using the .308 Win/168 SMK combo 12 - 15 years ago.

    We quit using them. Some penciled through, some blew up on contact. We went back to quality hunting bullets and have been much happier.

    Enjoy the hunt! It should be a hoot, no matter what bullet/rifle you choose.

    Regards, Guy