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#12086950 - 06/12/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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So has anyone had any success with GK on elk without emptying the rifle?

I am considering the heavier 175gr 7mm pills.

Sorry for the hijack!

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#12087259 - 06/12/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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The only bullet's I've used in over 40 yrs have been Hornady spire point's and interlock's. Never had a Hornady fail me.One exception was a 7nn Rem mag. It shot best with Speer 160gr Hot Core. I don't know how they are today but I would use the hot core again and not worry about it one bit if it's still the same bullet Vernon Speer made. I never had one of them fail either. I chose Hornady because they were a bit more accurate in my old 7mm Mag. That hot core bullet was way ahead of it's time!

#12087431 - 06/13/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: WDEA]  
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Originally Posted by WDEA
So has anyone had any success with GK on elk without emptying the rifle?

I am considering the heavier 175gr 7mm pills.

Sorry for the hijack!

375 H&H Magnum. 300 gr Sierra Game King. POS! Blew up on shoulder. Thank goodness I had enough gun(not so much bullet) to jack another into him. I surely favor the interlock over GK for animals.

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#12088865 - 06/13/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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Hornady... if those are your only options!





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#12089441 - 06/14/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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Either bullet should work fine.

IME, SGK tend to be slightly more accurate, but no complaints on the Hornady...SGK have the rep of being "soft", at least under 300 yards, but I'm not sure that is accurate. I believe they upped the jacket thickness some since the early days when that rep was established. The couple times I've used them, range was under 200 and they performed well.

I don't think anyone makes a "bad' bullet anymore- as long as one stays inside intended use parameters.

That said, there are two factory loads/bullets that i will not use, based on poor (one, each)) performance on game . One is the Federal Hi-Shok (or whatever it is called now. .30-06/ 165 gr) Best accuracy for a factory round I've found for my 17 inch barrelled .30-06, but the jacket separated virtually on impact -twice each, on a sheep at 330 yards, and a moose at 40, 4 days apart. But at no point in the death of the animals did the bullet "fail". Likely intended for coyotes and small deer, and I over-extended it's use.

The other is a .338WM 210 NP, which blew up on the shoulder of a moose at about 100 yards, peppering the near side lung with BB bits of lead and bone, but failing to penetrate to the far lung. I think the back portion must have ricocheted out the entrance wound- I never found it. the 2nd round up the nose at 10 feet did the job when the bull lurched to his feet... that was a bit interesting.

250 NP worked fine.., tho not as accurate as several other loads. In my gun.

The most accurate hand load in that rifle that i have found is with SGK 250 - 1 inch at 200 yards. I'm currently using Hornady 250 RN - MOA. Awfully ugly cartridge, and I've got a crap-load of them, but with that accuracy, I'll just shoot with my eyes closed...

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#12089545 - 06/14/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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I prefer the Speer Hotcore over both the Hornady or Sierra.


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#12089663 - 06/14/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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Sample of one: I shot a big mule deer buck at about 100 yards with a 270/150 gr SGK. Slightly quartering away, the bullet was recovered in the off side shoulder. Jacket and core separated.

I wasn't real impressed but I'd happily shoot a deer again with that bullet. Elk would be a broadside heart/lung shot only IMO.


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#12091249 - 06/14/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: WDEA]  
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Originally Posted by WDEA
So has anyone had any success with GK on elk without emptying the rifle?

I am considering the heavier 175gr 7mm pills.

Sorry for the hijack!

whitetail, mulies, elk, blackbear, and moose.

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#12092302 - 06/15/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: WDEA]  
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Originally Posted by WDEA
So has anyone had any success with GK on elk without emptying the rifle?

I am considering the heavier 175gr 7mm pills.

Sorry for the hijack!

Back when my only rifle was a .30-06, I killed 7 bulls and a cow elk (including a one shot kill on a 6x6 375", DIY, public land bull) all with 180 grain Sierra GameKing bullets.

A few years later when I built my .257 Ackley, I shot a 340" bull (also DIY on public land) with one 117 grain Sierra GameKing bullet.

I killed most of my elk with 180 grain Nosler Partition bullets.

My last 2 bulls were one shot kills with 168 grain Barnes bullets. One a TSX, the other a TTSX.


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#12092360 - 06/15/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: WDEA]  
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Before I was told they wouldn't work I used 7MM game kings on elk, M deer, caribou, and black bear. never any problems, many pass through's.
Today in my 7 Mag. I use accubonds mostly, occasionally partitions.

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#12094632 - 06/16/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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Originally Posted by Below_par
What's a better Elk bullet and why? Considering I've had great success with Accubonds, but want to change to a more cost effective bullet so I can practice and hunt with the same load.


I'd stick with the accubonds, work up a load with a cheap bullet, figure out what your POI offset is for the two, and just dial your scope as needed. Drops will be a little different, but not enough to make shooting elk-sized game with bullets ill-suited to the task a good idea IMO.

If you just have to pick one, pick the Interlock and keep velocities down. They both suck, but it sucks a little less.

#12094657 - 06/16/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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I prefer the180 GR Game Kings in my. 06 as they seem to shoot better. They kill elk just as dead as any other bullet. You don't get into trouble until you start pushing them faster than what they are designed for. Something the naysayers can't seem to figure out.

However, watch Shooters Por Shop,I picked up 4 boxes of Nosler 180 gr Partitions, blems for $13 a box last year, or $26 a 100.Cheaper than Sierras even. The AB's don't seem to show up as often


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#12095617 - 06/17/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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Originally Posted by Below_par
What's a better Elk bullet and why? Considering I've had great success with Accubonds, but want to change to a more cost effective bullet so I can practice and hunt with the same load.

30-06. 180gr. Assume 2700 fps give or take. All shots within 250 yards.

Thanks!

Also, quarry is Sambar deer in Australia. Closest in size to elk, hence me posting here.


No need to compromise on bullet quality. If you thing AccuBonds are better for hunting, use them but develop a practice load that closely matches the trajectory of the AccuBond. I do this with many of my hunting loads to cut costs.

In the case of the 180g Nosler AccuBond (B.C. 507), you can substitute a 180g Hornady SST (B.C. .480). At 2700fps each and a 200 yard zero, the difference in drop is about 1" at 500 yards with 1.2" difference in drift. Use the practice load all year and simply confirm AccuBond zero and drop with a few shots before the hunt.


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#12095654 - 06/17/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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Once again, look thru the replys and the majority of naysayers were using the Sierras in magnum chambering velocittes. 375h&h, 7 mag, 338. It's not the bullet ,it's the shooter that has selected the wrong bullet for his magnum. I hunted elk for years with the 180GR Sierras in my .06 and had many one shot kills,also using the Sierra 220 gr round nose


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#12097809 - 06/18/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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game kings have been about the most erratic performing bullet I've used over the years.

I'd personally try to find some bulk bullet, buy a bunch and get a load that matches trajectory pretty good adn practice, use good bullets for game.... its generally not that hard to match trajectory esepecially for such short ranges you mention.


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#12098615 - 06/19/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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Originally Posted by Below_par
What's a better Elk bullet and why? Considering I've had great success with Accubonds, but want to change to a more cost effective bullet so I can practice and hunt with the same load.

30-06. 180gr. Assume 2700 fps give or take. All shots within 250 yards.

Thanks!

Also, quarry is Sambar deer in Australia. Closest in size to elk, hence me posting here.


Neither, I'd pick Woodleigh's180 grain PPSP over both and for that matter over the Accubonds, locally they're a bit more than half the price of the Accubond.

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Woodleigh quality at half price of accubonds? Wow, I"ve not shot Woodleigh but I"ve read enough that would be the route I"d go.

And practice...as 2 of us noted trajectory wise... I dunno if you can get bulk WW or RP bullets but that would be my go to practice bullet IMHO. Or PRVI may make the same too, bulk and cheaper. Maybe even Graf brand if you can get them.


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#12098944 - 06/19/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: Below_par]  
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30 cal 180 gr Woodleigh bullets today at midway are .78 cents each.
30cal 180 grain Nosler Accubond bullets today are .65 cents a bullet.

So Woodleighs are more then Accubonds as of today.

#12099781 - 06/19/17 Re: Hornady Interlock or Sierra Game King? [Re: szihn]  
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Originally Posted by szihn
30 cal 180 gr Woodleigh bullets today at midway are .78 cents each.
30cal 180 grain Nosler Accubond bullets today are .65 cents a bullet.

So Woodleighs are more then Accubonds as of today.


That may be the price in the USA but he is in Australia hunting Sambar.
The LGS in $US dollars has Accubonds for $1.11 each; Woodleighs at $0.64 each and Interlocks at $0.41 each
By all means practice with Interlocks but come time to hunt I'd be using Woodleighs
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