Great for Targets – Not for Hunting

Written by Ballistic Technician Philip Mahin

Although Sierra’s MatchKing bullets are recognized around the world for record-setting accuracy, they are not recommended for hunting because of their definition as a nonexpanding bullet. Despite this, hunters from all walks have used our MatchKings on a wide variety of game animals.

Sierra customer Joey wrote, “The bullet was fired from a custom-built Lawton 7000 SA rife with a 22″ barrel and 1-10 barrel twist, 308 caliber. The target was a 30-gallon plastic drum filled with water and plugged. It was set up at 850 yards. The bullet was on target (bottom 3rd of the drum), went through the front side of the drum, through the water, and lodged in the back side of the drum. The bullet did not deform and did not penetrate the back side of the drum.”

We get a lot of calls from varmint hunters that are using MatchKings with satisfactory results. A fast bullet on a small target can make a big show, but water is a hard media, much harder than most game animals that we hunt for food or control, and proves why Sierra does not recommend MatchKing bullets for hunting.

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