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sierra gameking vs hornady interlock

i saw today i'm getting low on bullets for my 25-06 have been loading 117 gr hornady boat tails....was wondering how the 117 gr sierra game kings compare on deer. iv'e heard they have a bad habit of core and jacket coming apart. true or not?
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i saw today i'm getting low on bullets for my 25-06 have been loading 117 gr hornady boat tails....was wondering how the 117 gr sierra game kings compare on deer. iv'e heard they have a bad habit of core and jacket coming apart. true or not?
Over the years I shot a lot of Sierra bullets. I never had an issue with any weight/caliber. Last season my son killed one goat with a 30-165 out of an '06 and another with a 6-100 out of a 243. The last one I used was 120 out of a 260.

In fact if I don't have the caliber and weight in my stash of the old Nosler Solid Base bullets I'll almost always use Sierra GKs or PHs.

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either will wack a whitetail....

Bullet failure is dicussed here, after the deer is DRT.

Bigger criiters, than deer, are to be thought of more so to bullet construction. I often think about a very mature deer being more diffucult to kill. I shot an eight out a stand bout' less than 10 yards. I think the bullet acted lke a FMJ. I saw it trot away and lay down like a dog, with it's head up facing away from me. I walked over to it and sent another round throung it neck to finish him off.

What bullet is promised to work at any distance at any velocity? So far it Nosler PT. The front portion expands rapidly and the rear penetrates deeply. The sierra expands rapidly but peeders out quickly. I saw it in telephone book.. nice short wide wound channel...

The interlock.... poor expansion, but drove deep..

What else can I say?

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I have had outstanding luck with Hornady Interlocks over the years on all size of game. I use them almost exclusively and would choose them over the Sierra.
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I have had outstanding luck with Hornady Interlocks over the years on all size of game. I use them almost exclusively and would choose them over the Sierra.
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I have killed deer with both in .30 cal. Sierra seemed to a bit more accurate but not ennough to make me worry.

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iv'e heard they have a bad habit of core and jacket coming apart.
Considering they are cup and core... and the cup is lubricated to swage the lead in place, I'd have to say, the core and jacket would have the propensity to come apart.

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Re: sierra gameking vs hornady interlock

SGK's will separate. There's little doubt about it. But you need to ask yourself if it matters on whitetail.

I have had nothing but good luck with the SGK's dropping deer with authority. At that point, I really don't care if the cup stayed with the core or not.

Where I HAVE had problems on whitetails is with more premium, controlled expansion bullets...... The AccuBond and the Barnes TTSX to name the worst offenders. Both did kill the deer. But performance is not what I've come to expect from other bullets.

As an aside.........larger caliber SGK's are constructed heavier than the smaller calibers. I use the bigger calibers to hunt telephone books. Less chance of a lost book or, worse yet, a charge.

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I've always used SGK's out of my 243. My grandfather always used Hornady's out of his 06. They both kill deer. Of course comparing the two calibers isn't fair, but they both worked as they should.

Every deer I ever shot with my 243 fell within sight.

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But you need to ask yourself if it matters on whitetail.

Yeah good question. I didn't think about bullet integrity until I started to research this "failure" thing. And if we didn't look for the bullet while butchering the deer, and weren't curious about what the bullet looked like AFTER the deer was dead, then we wouldn't be having this conversation.

I had deer drop on the spot with Sierra GK, I had one who turned and ran over a knoll with a Speer HC to find it dead about 15 or 20 yards away, the eight point I mentioned in another thread kept running like I didn't shoot it, with a Remington CL, the deer finally, after 25 yards, layed down like a dog with it's head up and I had to finish it off by sending a round through it's neck coz it was facing away from me. My nephew shot a deer with those CL's and as we were cutting up the deer he found a perfect mushroom.

We all know that no matter what bullet we use on thin skinned game, you got dead deer. So it doesn't sound like a real concern, unless larger medium game or big game will be die eventually with these "failures", but finding them is the problem. Waiting to the next day to track the blood trail, hoping a critter doesn't get to it before you do.

Guess some folks wonder, "well if it doesn't hold up on whitetail, how can it work on larger game?" SO we look for the ultimate bullet, right? So that's where shot placement comes in play. But that shot doesn't always present itself. But most of the time it does. My father in law positioned his deer box facing the ridge with saddles running along the top of the ridge. Here come daisy doe or buferd the buck, moseying along, checking out the browse, while I sip on my coffee and munch on my MRE's. And I sit and wait till the stop walking. Nine times out of ten they present me with a shot.If they don't I ask them to, and they do. They move around trying to figure out where the noise is comeing from. AND WHILE THEY DO, you better have the cross hairs on them, coz eventually they will disappear, especially where I hunt, the area is kind of mixed with dense cover and then it breaks out in the open again. So to end this madness of explaination, plug this critter behind the shoulder mid-way up it with the horizontal hair and SQEEEEEEEZE the trigger, and even though that cup and core, lubricated, swaged lead core will may or may not come loose, WILL pass through and along the way, cause havack to vital organs, and cause shock and trama, eventually kill you quarry. While this is all happening, it seems the deer vanished into thin air, or it fell through a trap door. Where was I? Oh yeah, white tail really aren't difficult to take. After butchering one up, it seems that theres really nothing to them to damage. These bullets get "enough" done BEFORE that fail. Yeah, so what? That's what I'm saying.

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