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Lapua Scenar...appropriate for deer hunting?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Carphunter, Oct 23, 2005.

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  1. Carphunter

    Carphunter Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    I've been working up loads, and was about to do some 108 and 123 grain 6.5x55 Lapua Scenars.

    But, as I look at Lapua's site, I'm wondering if these bullets are appropriate for deer hunting.

    They are hollow point (so they could make a heck of a hole)...but I don't know if the bullet is really designed for the energy transference needed.

    Has anyone used these bullets for hunting deer?
  2. mete

    mete Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    The Scenar is primarily a target bullet . The hollow point is there as a manufacturing detail and will not expand as you think. Use the Naturalis or other hunting bullet .
  3. artherd

    artherd member

    Dec 7, 2003
    An Elevated Position in the Bay Area, PRK
    While they and the SMK have been used in hunting roles, it is typically with larger rifles and/or huge velocity cartridges.

    The Scenar like the SMK will not fragment or expand as mentioned.

    The only time I've seen an SMK fragment was a 7mm driven out of a 7RUM with 94grains of powder... at around 3500fps+

    All this said, they can be used if shot placement is taken with great care and the like. They are NOT for the amature or even journeyman hunter!
  4. pyrotechnic

    pyrotechnic Member

    Aug 10, 2005
    I shot my deer last year with a 175gr SMK shot out of my .308 with a mere 2700 fps of mv. The animal was standing 325yds away and the MK expanded nicely and blew a 3" exit hole in the opposing ribs. I have no experience with the scenar and as almost the whole nose is hollow on those bullets I they may just fold in and act like a FMJ. Only way to find out is to try it :D .

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