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Old February 22, 2013, 04:23 PM   #1
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Match King Bullets for Hunting?

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I'M new at reloading and would like to know if anyone has used match king bullets for hunting and with what results. any help apprecaited
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Old February 22, 2013, 04:34 PM   #2
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I have used the .224 69 grain BTHP in .223 Rem on varmints. They worked just fine. I would not use any on deer or the likes.
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Old February 22, 2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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There are various companies that make "hollow point" bullets For hunting, but I dont think the "Match King" bullet was designed for hunting anything but targets.
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Old February 22, 2013, 06:45 PM   #4
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I deer hunt with match kings out of my .300Win mag. They work wonderful. Having said that, it would be hard for a bullet that heavy to not work wonderful on a whitetail deer. I am not brave enough to shoot a whitetail with a 6mm match king though.
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Old February 22, 2013, 08:24 PM   #5
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Had a buddy try 150 gr Sierra Matchkings out of his 30-06 for deer. Although he did take 3 deer with them, he was lucky they didn't go far because there was absolutely no blood trail. I just don't get the feeling that they are made for expansion.
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Old February 22, 2013, 10:16 PM   #6
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Folks have been using Sierra's HPMK's since they came out in 1958. They often blow up too soon on impact depending on their striking velocity and tissue characteristics. Sierra's put in print not to use HPMK's for hunting. People do what they want.
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Old February 22, 2013, 11:13 PM   #7
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I have shot a few hogs with them with my .308, but those were neck shots so bullet construction didn't matter too much.

However, I would not use them on deer or pigs if I am not taking a neck shot; just don't trust them that much.
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Old February 22, 2013, 11:17 PM   #8
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I know a couple of farm boys who use them in .308 for deer and everything else. While the SMK is not a hunting bullet, they kill 3-4 a year with them and have no complaints.
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Old February 22, 2013, 11:40 PM   #9
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thanks to all for the reply. these were very helpful,
i have 130gn match king that i loaded for tc contender but have only used for
practice thus far'
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