Technical Newsletter From Your Ballistic TechniciansVolume 4, Issue 3
|Matchkings and Hunting
by Rich Macholz
Every year we are reminded of the accuracy advantage MatchKings provide by hunters wishing to use them in the field. We don't suggest this application due to thin jackets, hard cores, and small meplat openings.
These design characteristics can cause premature expansion at close range, lack of expansion at extreme range, and a very narrow corridor of terminal performance. It is very difficult to take advantage of the MatchKings accuracy edge in the field under normal hunting conditions. Usually things are not just exactly perfect when that trophy presents itself. That means that odds are good that shot placement, while good, may not be perfect.
To compensate for this very slight error, a reliable expanding type hunting bullet that transfers all the energy available is a necessity. Therefore, if your .300 Win Mag Ruremchester shoots .4" with 168 grain MatchKings and .8" with 165 grain GameKings, you still have better than minute of a whitetail accuracy with a bullet that was designed for maximum terminal performance.
I've never seen a game animal with a bullseye on it, so X count or score isn't so important as the result of one good shot that gives maximum terminal results.
|Chevy Truck Sportsman's Team Challenge
The Sierra/Starline team captured their third consecutive National Championship at the 1997 Chevy Truck Sportsman's Team Challenge during April at Markham Park in Florida. David Tubb, Doug Koenig, and J. Michael Plaxco defeated Team Dillon and Team Texas to win the match. The Sierra/Starline junior team also competed in Florida. This team was made up of three boys ages 13,14, and 15, Eric Bowling, Hunter Pilant, and Cory Galloway, all from Missouri. This team represented Sierra well as they won the Junior Class, captured 5th in the Novice Class (for all shooters who have never competed in a Chevy Truck Challenge before), and 32nd overall in the Sportsman's Class.