Are the new pointed SMK usable on critters?

toddc

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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.
 

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

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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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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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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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Ive pointed stuff before. Time to unpoint looks like. Have to test BC and see if its worthwhile.
 

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6.5mm 150 SMK (pointed) from a 6.5SS @ 3117fps MV, 189 yards......it worked just fine.


I have shot several other big game animals with the 6.5mm 142 SMKs and .308 210 SMKs with g
 

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