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 SIERRA .223 65gr GAMEKING....
Sargeny1  [Member]
12/14/2009 10:55:15 AM
Hi All...Has anyone used the Sierra 65gr Gameking for hunting..?? Thoughts...comments....positive...negative..ETC....

What say ye learned gentlemen..???

BigHunt  [Member]
12/14/2009 12:40:33 PM
I used the 65 grain Game King a couple years ago during deer season here in Missouri. I shot three deer with them. One with my 16" Bushy AR and two with my Savage 24" 10-FP tactical. Both were the same load and seems like they chronoed about 3100 out of the 24" bolt gun. They grouped very well in both guns also as both have a 1/9 twist. The two deer (One with the AR and one with the Savage) were shot behind the shoulder in the classic broadside shot and both ran about 50 yards before falling over dead. The one shot in the head was DRT but what else would you expect. The internal damage was very good showing good expansion at both velocity levels with exit holes about the size of a half dollar. I only used them one season as they did not offer the same DRT results I get with my Winchester .270 and Sierra 130 grain Game Kings. But for their size they performed admirably and if I had to hunt deer with the .223 these would be my go to bullet.
borderpatrol  [Member]
12/14/2009 4:36:30 PM
This bullet requires at least 1/9 twist and you will be very happy with the accuracy. I use Sierra's 69 grain load data despite the fact Sierra lists them in with their 63 grain bullets. The bullet design is perfect for accuracy, bery close to the Match King line.
Sargeny1  [Member]
12/14/2009 7:22:00 PM
Thak You gentlemen for your timely replies...I also e-mailed SIERRA and received a speedy reply from them too...Sierra states this bullet is designed for game "larger than varmits.....such as coyote AND DEER......" Also, I inquired if they would give me loading data for this bullet using TAC Powder..

THIS is from SIERRA:

TAC Start 23gr MAX 25.5gr
REM 7 1/2 Primer..I SPECIFICALLY asked if a magnum primer was needed for TAC...They stated NO and that they used the Rem 7 1/2 for their TAC Data and the CCI #41 is OK to use also....
The tech I spoke to couldn't recall what case was used to develop their TAC Data but they use whatever is available at any given time....e.g...Rem...WW....Nosler...Federal.....
My loads will be used in a Colt 6940...1x7 twist....
Thanks to all for your help..

SpringArm  [Team Member]
12/14/2009 7:38:14 PM
65g GK. 52 yd shot. Broke ribs in - broke ribs out - total devastation inside.

Exit wound
PR361  [Member]
12/14/2009 11:39:09 PM
Good to know that the Matchking works, but use caution hunting with match ammo. I had a very differant result with Hornanday Match. I had a REM 600 in .308 since I was 19, and an Uncle unfortunatally gave me a clip board and put me in charge of a Deuce and a half of M-60 ammo at the Battalion qualification. This resulted in severe throat erosion and barrel pitting in my previously clover leaf capable rifle.1 1/2 - 2 inch groups became the new normal and I finally gave up and put it in the back of the safe. I know 2 inch groups are fine for hunting, but it dissapointed me to shoot it. Years later, a gunshop discussion led me to try some moly coated ammo in it, the theory being that that famous nasty black build up would fill in the pits and build the erosion back up. Lo and behold, it seemed to work! The old girl went back into an inch. I happily picked up another box at the funshop, bragging to the old guy behind the counter that Ole' nasty was headed out for deer season again, all the while assuming and expecting moly coated hunting ammo. (it's all black you know)
Opening day, heavily hunted public forest, a half six point follows a doe out at 40 yards, I plant one right in the boiler. He bolts, and after five minutes I call my bud on the radio and ask him to come take a look (standard for us, down in the Florida thicket) While I'm jabberin', a buck steps out at 70 yards. I give him a look, and it's the same busted off six, looking a little wobbly. I plant another right behind the shoulder. Two hours later we picked up the trail. 400 yards out, my buddy stared zig zagging while I crawled, and 500 out he picked up blood crossing a two trail into some thick pines, He found the buck bedded, still alive, and shot it in the neck. 4 hours from the initial shot. When I got back to the truck, I checked the ammo box, Hornaday FMJM 168. Left two holes about the size of knitting needles drilled through the ribs behind the shoulder both ways, clean as a whistle, 0 expansion. Both lungs drilled twice, deer still alive. So no more match ammo for me, did it out of dumbness the first time, won't happen again. If I was shooting match ammo, I'd be damn sure to hit some shoulder blades......
AKFF  [Team Member]
12/15/2009 1:11:27 AM
Originally Posted By PR361:
Good to know that the Matchking works, but use caution hunting with match ammo.


I agree about Match ammo. The OP and replies have been about Gameking which is not Match ammo.
BigHunt  [Member]
12/15/2009 2:24:19 PM
Originally Posted By AKFF:
Originally Posted By PR361:
Good to know that the Matchking works, but use caution hunting with match ammo.


I agree about Match ammo. The OP and replies have been about Gameking which is not Match ammo.

Although the ammunition companies say to not use match ammo in my experience as long as it is Hollow Point match you will be fine. True the bullet is not designed to break up and expand, but it almost always will. Your deer ran away because you used Full Metal Jacket match hence no opening whatsoever in the bullets tip. I know guys that have hunted for years and only use Sierra 168 grain Matchkings in their 30 caliber rifles they always get their deer if they do their part. I use Sierra 52 grain matchkings for varmints and they are devastating. I have even used them in a pinch to deer hunt with. So even though the bullet companies may not reccommend them for hunting, they will work just fine.
1911smith  [Team Member]
12/15/2009 2:50:51 PM
Have loaded 65grain game kings but not shot it yet. Found MidwayUSA's reviews impresive enough to buy a box and from at least one picture shown it confirms Midway's reviews.
PR361  [Member]
12/15/2009 10:45:48 PM
Duuuhp! Shouldn't post after 11pm!
ozarkgunrunner  [Member]
12/15/2009 11:16:11 PM
I killed this fine fellow this past summer with the Sierra 65 grain BTS. I hit him a lot farther back than I would have liked and he ran about 100 yards before he died. There wasn't an exit wound. The bullet was doing about 2,900 fps. This bullet is very accurate in all of my .22 centerfire rifles.

doubleshot00  [Member]
12/16/2009 9:17:42 PM
I use the Sierra 65gr Gameking in my M&P and it shoots one inch groups all day long. I haven't shot a deer with it yet but i think it will get the job done.
I use 25gr. of Varget with wolf primers.