Are the new pointed SMK usable on critters?

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  1. toddc

    toddc Well-Known Member

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    Are these penciling or acting more like the old style SMK and Bergers? The BC on these things appears to be very impressive. Makes me want to build a new 22, 6MM, 6.5MM and 7MM.
     
  2. Alex Wheeler

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    You do not want to be shooting game with pointed bullets. You could probably trim them and make them open.
     
  3. Gord0

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    Are you talking pointed, or tipped?
     
  4. toddc

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    Pointed.
     
  5. Gord0

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    I wouldn't run a pointed bullet and expect it to expand.
     
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    I've ran smk bullets on coyote and deer for years and years. My wife took a huge cow elk with 150 smk in a 308. If you make a good shot they seem to work just fine. I have yet to take a deer with the smk pointed bullets as I've pretty well switched everything over to bergers. But I'm sure they will work just fine too.
     
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    Some guys that shoot Bergers go through them and make sure the tips are open and clear by inserting a small pick or drill. A closed or clogged tip is a pencil hole waiting to happen IMO.
     
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  8. Bravo 4

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    Todd, are you sure you don’t mean the new tipped matchkings?
    Don’t think sierra sells a SMK that they point. If they do it’s new to me. There are guys that purchase a special die and do that themselves, but think if you are doing that and hunting with them you are asking for trouble.
     
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    Farmerboy78 Well-Known Member

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    Sierra is making them now, very similar to the nosler rdf... I know the new 150gr 6.5 is tipped to close the meplat
     
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  10. toddc

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    Yes some of the Sierras are now pointed (closed meplat) I wish they didnt do it so we could use them for hunting. Their new 230 has a much higher BC than the Berger 230 and they seem to shoot as well.
     
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  12. toddc

    toddc Well-Known Member

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    Ive pointed stuff before. Time to unpoint looks like. Have to test BC and see if its worthwhile.
     
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    lancetkenyon Well-Known Member

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    6.5mm 150 SMK (pointed) from a 6.5SS @ 3117fps MV, 189 yards......it worked just fine.
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    I have shot several other big game animals with the 6.5mm 142 SMKs and .308 210 SMKs with g
     
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  14. Bravo 4

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    Cool, learn something new every day...especially on this site!