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Old August 14, 2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Hunting with the K31 = success!

As many of you know who read this forum regularly I recently purchased a Swiss K31. Over the last couple months I have done some work to it ultimately preparing it to use as a hunting rifle that's something different than the stereotypical hunting rifle. Well I got my opportunity this weekend to use the rifle on a scimitar horned oryx hunt in south Texas. I used Prvi Partisan 174gr soft points. I noticed the soft points were very slightly less accurate than Swiss GP11 when I zeroed the rifle. The rifle performed well and the oryx went down like a sack of potatoes when I put a round into its chest.

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Old August 14, 2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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Nice job! I plan on deer hunting this fall with my as issued swedish Mauser. I to have been practicing and at 50 yards i can hit a water bottle standing with it. I plan on using hand loads.
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Old August 14, 2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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Great! Congrats! Unless I miss my guess, that looks like one of our scope mounts and Butt Pad Adaptor. Right?
Great shooting!
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Old August 14, 2011, 07:39 PM   #4
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Hey hey, I have one of those, same setup!


Also taken in Texas (Sterling City).
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Old August 15, 2011, 05:58 AM   #5
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When's the BBQ? Great photo.
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Old August 15, 2011, 06:30 AM   #6
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nice kill(s)
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Old August 15, 2011, 09:56 AM   #7
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nice shooting and with a gorgeous rifle to boot.
I have seen pics online of people who have taken elk with a K31, so the cartridge is definitely up to the task.
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Old August 15, 2011, 11:45 AM   #8
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Congratulations

Very nice big game animal, and rifle. The Swiss K 31 is a very good platform for a hunting rifle. Im glad you had a good hunt.
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Old August 15, 2011, 12:07 PM   #9
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I got my first and only deer 2 years ago w/ a K31, using the Hornady ammo with the 150gr SST bullet. It was in Jack county, well to the north of Burnet, but similar looking country.
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Old August 15, 2011, 12:22 PM   #10
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Hornady, unfortunately, no longer makes K-31 ammo...
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Old August 15, 2011, 08:18 PM   #11
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What rings are you guys using with that mount?



The Hornady ammo was good stuff but $$$. I imagine it didn't sell great.
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Old August 15, 2011, 10:46 PM   #12
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Wiilie, I highly recommend the Warne 7.3 rings from Brownells. They are extra beefy and designed for centerfire rifles. I have not had any problems with the mount or the rings coming loose. I have noticed that the 7.3 rings not sold from Brownells are different. So get the ones from Brownells.
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Old August 16, 2011, 06:14 AM   #13
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Hornady, unfortunately, no longer makes K-31 ammo...
Go to Cabela's website and type in 'hornady metric'. Still shows as in stock, but at $24/box, pricey.

The Prvi at ~$15/box is a better buy for SP.
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Old August 16, 2011, 06:23 AM   #14
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Since we're on the topic of hunting with the K31, some questions for the folks who have hunted with it:

1) Since the K31 wasn't designed to be a lightweight hunting rifle, how cumbersome was it to hunt with if you walk/stalk?

2) Anyone used an aftermarket sling (one that is more comfortable) with their K31 for all day carry? If so, please provide make/model.

Thanks.
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Old August 16, 2011, 01:54 PM   #15
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1) Since the K31 wasn't designed to be a lightweight hunting rifle, how cumbersome was it to hunt with if you walk/stalk?
It pretty much stinks :-). With all that wood PLUS the scope, it's really heavy. I've still never weighed it, but it's pretty darn heavy. After picking up some common hunting rifles with synthetic stocks (Marlins, Remingtons, Savages, etc.,), I see the benefit of the synthetic. MUCH lighter.
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Old August 16, 2011, 04:39 PM   #16
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I took mine on a hog hunt in some heavy woods near Forreston, TX, and after lugging it around the woods for 3 hours (never got a shot off), it was exhausting. There is no substitute for modern designs, that's for sure. I sold it shortly thereafter...so I could get another, heavier rifle, a 2nd M1 Garand...
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Old August 17, 2011, 08:45 AM   #17
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Most Deer Hunters around here hunt out of stands that are not for from there vehicle, so weight doesnt really matter. For that kind of hunting I prefer a heavy rifle.
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Old August 17, 2011, 01:24 PM   #18
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Most Deer Hunters around here hunt out of stands that are not for from there vehicle, so weight doesnt really matter. For that kind of hunting I prefer a heavy rifle.
That's how I got my 2 deer last year. However, I now live in Colorado, so that kind of hunting doesn't really work around here. I need to get something lighter :-(.
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Old August 17, 2011, 07:04 PM   #19
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How far was your shot? Could you have done it with the stock iron sights?
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Old August 21, 2011, 12:27 AM   #20
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I stalk hunted with my K-31 for deer a couple years ago. Saw no deer but walked and crept a lot. Was too late in season. Anyhow, if it's too heavy for you then grow a pair and go to the gym lol.
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Old August 21, 2011, 01:57 AM   #21
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I mounted a scout scope on mine. Havn't hunted with it yet, but I did start reloading 165g Hornady Interlock bullets for it. Watch out, because the manual calls for a far-longer COL than my gun has. Luckily I made a dummy round first. Chambered it. Stiff extraction left the bullet in the rifling and extracted the case. I had to punch the bullet out of the rifling with a dowl rod. Yikes.
I measured the chamber and loaded for an alarmingly shorter COL, allowing for a .015 bullet jump. It works fine. Once I get it zeroed, I plan to whack a S.C. deer or hog.
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Old August 21, 2011, 02:09 AM   #22
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What are good bullets to use?
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Old August 21, 2011, 03:03 AM   #23
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How far was your shot? Could you have done it with the stock iron sights?
On the hunts I have been on shots have been taken from 650 yards to right around 18 yards. I shot at 175 yards and 65 yards. After my experiences I would not want to hunt with the iron sights. The scope was invaluable for proper target identification, ranging, and for shooting at a moving target.

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What are good bullets to use?
If you are reloading you have the almost limitless selection of .308" bullets to choose from. I would look at bullets ranging from 165 to 180 grains. I favor heavier bullets. If you are not reloading I suggest the Prvi Partisan/Wolf Gold 174gr soft points. If you have the cash the Norma 180 gr Oryx soft point is well-regarded.
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Old August 21, 2011, 01:12 PM   #24
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Barnes TSX bullets are simply invaluable for hunting. No lead transmission, perfect expansion and weight retention, high penetration....just at a higher cost. Buy one box, work up a load that works, and keep the rest for one per animal.

Even a 70 gr TSX from a 223 Remington at 2500 fps will penetrate over 20" in calibrated gel. They're just excellent bullets.
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Old August 21, 2011, 06:32 PM   #25
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Nice work...
I see ya have the same good taste in glass as I do...is that the 3.5-10x Viper?
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