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Bullet performance #7846194 05/21/20 01:01 AM
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In my .223 Wylde I am getting remarkably good accuracy using the Sierra #7169, 69 grain, Tipped Match Kings, that sport an acetal resin tip, but have been declared "unsuitable for game," because of unreliable expansion. I see this declaration quite often in the advertising associated with "match" bullets. Have any of you ever used these Sierra bullets on animals? I've just paper punched with them, but they're so accurate, I feel I can place them in the eye or ear of a hog with no problem. I'd like to try them, and even though I wage jihad on hogs on a regular basis, I don't want to merely wound the nasty beasts and have them wander off to die. I want them DRT. Any experiences would be helpful.

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If you want dead right there shoot them in the head and don’t worry about what bullet.


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They will expand. Shoot that hog in the eye or ear hole!


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I know a lot of yote hunters who love that particular bullet. They say they rarely get pass through and the internal damage is explosive.


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Thanks for the feedback, folks. I'll be pushing a few of them toward some hogs real soon.

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I use the 155 TMKs in .308 AR-10. MV 2600 fps

It has done a very good job on hogs and coyotes. They shoot very tight in my rifle as well, and they're available in boxes of 500 bullets. And like many Sierra bullets, they are a bargain price for what you're getting IMO.


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I don’t want to sound negative about that bullet selection, but I personally don’t always get a chance at placing the bullet right where it would do the most good (or most bad). Sometimes you just take the shot offered, and with a 223 bullet of less than great construction, such as a target type bullet, results can be unpredictable and often disappointing. The advice about shooting them in the ear is good, but only if they are sideways to you. Longways in the ear isn’t a great option. And not long ago I was grumping about a spate of having to shoot hogs in the butt. Till then, the 223 and the 65 gr Sierra GK did a great job, but those were all sideways shots inside about 150 yards. I parked the 223 and went back to the 260 and had better results on big pigs. So, hope for the best but plan for the worst, as they say

Fireman is having good results with match grade bullets, but what was mentioned were 155 gr bullets. In my view, a larger caliber and heavier bullet will likely cover up most of the deficiencies of the bullet.

So, envision a shot of about 200 yards, and the pig is quartering away from you. And here you are with a 69 gr match bullet. I had that shot and had a better bullet and failed to collect the hog. I’d rather have had a 155 gr 308 bullet.


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Originally Posted by 603Country
I don’t want to sound negative about that bullet selection, but I personally don’t always get a chance at placing the bullet right where it would do the most good (or most bad). Sometimes you just take the shot offered, and with a 223 bullet of less than great construction, such as a target type bullet, results can be unpredictable and often disappointing. The advice about shooting them in the ear is good, but only if they are sideways to you. Longways in the ear isn’t a great option. And not long ago I was grumping about a spate of having to shoot hogs in the butt. Till then, the 223 and the 65 gr Sierra GK did a great job, but those were all sideways shots inside about 150 yards. I parked the 223 and went back to the 260 and had better results on big pigs. So, hope for the best but plan for the worst, as they say

Fireman is having good results with match grade bullets, but what was mentioned were 155 gr bullets. In my view, a larger caliber and heavier bullet will likely cover up most of the deficiencies of the bullet.

So, envision a shot of about 200 yards, and the pig is quartering away from you. And here you are with a 69 gr match bullet. I had that shot and had a better bullet and failed to collect the hog. I’d rather have had a 155 gr 308 bullet.


VERY good points 603Country and we're absolutely on the same page. I'm currently working up loads for and testing our new .350 Legend rifle and killed a 185# boar last night under extremely poor shot opportunity conditions with the Hornady 170gr Interlock. I would NEVER have taken that shot with a 5.56 shooting ANY bullet, not even a bonded or TSX bullet. It's never a bad idea to have enough margin for error with your caliber/bullet to get you through a "worst case" scenario. That's one of the reason I lean toward 150gr Bullets in the HAM'R and more recently I've been killing a lot of hogs with the 160gr FTX at 2200fps which is performing extremely well on big hogs.

I kill a lot of hogs under all or part of these conditions, trust me you want all the margin for error and MURPHY you can get because that perfect brain shot isn't going to happen......

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