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Sierra GameKing Pro Hunter Bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by roc1, Nov 29, 2010.

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  1. roc1

    roc1 Member

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    Has anyone here used these bullets to take game and if so how effective were they? I was curious if they are as good as Hornady Interlocks which I have used with great success. Just wanted ideas on best hunting bullets. The Sierra I use are 140gr 7mm in a 7-08 rifle.I also am using 30-06 150gr Sierra Prohunters as well.
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  2. 68wj

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    Gameking OR Pro-Hunter? Both are standard lead cored, jacketed bullets. The SPH is flat based and Gameking boat-tail. There are a few options within each type (points, cannalure, etc). Rather than a "locking ring" on your Hornady interlocks, they have a tapered jacket to control expansion and prevent separation. I have had a few Gamekings separate on whitetail (.243) but still quickly took the animal. Accuracy is superb. I will not say they are better or worse than the Hornadys.
     
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    Sorry these are ProHunters.
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    I've for over 35yrs had much better luck with the Sierra's than the Hornady's. The only Sierra's that I've not had superlative success with is the 170gr .30/30 Flat-nose bullets. These seemed to be too hard for the velocities I was using them at. I've never had a Sierra exhibit a core-seperation. Even the BTSpt GameKings. I had a 150gr GK from my .30/06 at 3,100fps (measured) hit a 150lb buck in the neck facing me. It broke the neck in two places and traveled the length of the spine and lodged against the pelvis. It was perfectly mushroomed. and had turned "backwards" like a badmitten shuttle cock, and weighed 127gr. The taxidermist wanted to know "what kind of load did you use in your .300 magnum- I found a dime sized piece of bullet jacket under the deers "chin" "! I replied, It was a .30/06. He dosen't reload, but has since that day in 1983 used Federal Premium's with the Sierra BT GameKings.

    Besides that, I've always gotten best accuracy with Sierra's and Noslers. I think that's why Sierra has only offered plastic tip bullets in the varmint bullet lines., and dosen't offer so called "bonded" bullets. I keep asking myself why I buy anything besides Sierras. Now that the Remington CorLokts cost as much or more than the Sierras, I'll probably not ever buy anything else except maybe some Nosler Partitions.

    My favorite bullet in the .270 is the flatbased ProHunter 130gr. Usually better accuracy than the BT under 300yds. Also, I really, really like the 125gr FNHP in the .30/30. Took a 200lb pig with one in '04 and got complete penetration on an angling heart/lung shot. Penetrated the so-called gristle plate like it was just ballistic gelatin..... and kept on going! Use them with confidence. They're the "gold standard" by which all other cup and core bullets are measured by. With muzzle velocities under 3,000fps, you'll never be dissapointed. I've not been.
     
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    One of my sons shoots that same 150gr SPH bullet in his 30-06 and regularly takes whitetails at 300 yards. Another son uses the 140gr SGK out of a 7mmSAUM. Fantastic terminal performance but too much meat damage. We need to slow the bullet down or find another projectile. For 7mm-08 velocities the 140 SPH should be a top performer.

    Family and friends are hunting with Sierra bullets in seven centerfire calibers and a muzzleloader this season.
     
  6. srkavanagh6621

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    I used the gamekings this season and they made quite the mess. The bullet passed completley through the deer but it looked like a softball went all the way through it. I was shooting a .308 and the deer died right there so I guess I got the job done. I lots a little meat but thats better than losing the whole deer. accuracy is superb and I would recommend them!
     
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    I cannot speak for the pro hunters but the game kings are as good as any cup and core bullet out there, they hold together better then core locks at close range magnum speeds. My 270 WSM loves them. Only fault of the SGKs is that they are a little "hard" in slower calibers from what I have heard. I think the pro hunters have a similar tough construction so you might want to load them a little over the standard 2860fps if you are making longer shots. Depending on your rifle the 7mm-08 can be loaded to right around 3000 fps without exceding recomended pressure with most 140 gr bullets.
     
  8. UT PROSIM

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    i have found that the soft point 180 gr SGK are great for killing but they deliver so much energy and fragment so fast that they throw lead, copper and bone chunks everywhere. i shot a doe at 410 yards and she dropped on the spot BUT when i butchered her the neck meat, all the shoulder and even the top of the tenderloins were shredded and bruised buy all that stuff flyin around. kinda a waste to only get 15 pounds of meat out of a 150 pound deer because of over kill.
    never shot SPH though
     
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    I have used Sierra Pro Hunter in a .243 BLR. These were 100 grain. The most recent was a broadside, through the ribs heart hit. It left a gosh-awful hole in the buck's heart, which made for the kind of blood trail you had to try to keep from stepping in. The other one was a straight-on chest shot at a doe. It didn't give much of a blood trail, due to the placement I suppose, but she only lived for about 20 feet. I didn't really look for the bullet upon field dressing, it was probably in that gut pile somewhere. Both shots were around 50 yards.
     
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    117 gr GameKings SPBT for my 25/06... worked for me for a ....while now!

    Jimmy K
     
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