Last Christmas I built a rifle for my Lady, so she would have her own instead of commandeering one of mine for hunting trips. Lovely, trim little classic style sporter, built on a commercial Mauser with a Douglas barrel and a stock I whittled out of a decent hunk of Claro. I chambered the 22" #1 contour tube for the plain old vanilla 270WCF. And mounted the only spare scope I had lying around on it, a 1-4 Leupold VX 3. She was ecstatic of course and couldn't wait to shoot it. Well life happened, she got sick and never made it to the range all winter. I had enough time to bring it along on a few range trips and worked up a couple loads that shot well. It really is a forgiving little rifle, shooting any bullet I've fed it really well and having a very consistent POI regardless of weight or brand.
Spring rolled around and my boss phoned to ask if we would like to come out to the lodge to let her hunt a bear. The clients were tagged out and the bait stations were getting lots of visitors. Normally this would have been a no-brainer but it took some convincing for me to get her to pack her stuff since only a week prior I got to bring her home from the hospital, and she pointed out that she had yet to shoot her rifle. Well I talked her into it and then realized that I had shot up all the 270 ammo I had loaded. After some scrounging in the reloading room I did manage to find 6 rounds loaded with 150gr Gamekings at a book claimed speed of 2600fps. When we arrived we ate a quick bite before heading out for the evening sit, I was a little concerned about the Gamekings, my at that time future wife, but having a short attention span at times mostly the dang Mosquitos that were eating me alive. As it turned out we didn't even have to wait, when I rounded the corner to the blind there stood a mega Cinnamon colored bear on the barrel, looking at me from a later measured 73yds. I crouched down, got her and together we shimmied into the blind to take advantage of the shooting rest. After a wait of about ten hours, or maybe it was five minutes, we had a good angle and I whispered for her to "shoot him in the armpit". Another eternity passed and then BAM!, hair flies, bear is spinning and making racket then it's on the run. Being the good husband to be I was I cut loose a 250 grainer from Ol Colonel Whelen to help, only to shoot a big clump of willows 14" off the muzzle and miss the bear by a good solid 27 feet. Silence, then we hear the telltale BWAAAA! That is the death moan. Awesome bear down with one shot and I helped by cutting a good bundle of kindling, planned it that way.
When we made it to the bruin, after hugs and attagirls I notice the entry and to my surprise exit hole. No giant, gaping, rug ruining hole. And when we get the hide shucker off, no jellied meat, no bullet fragments everywhere. What the heck, this can't be a Sierra, can it? Amazing, and after traversing 3 feet of bear on a quartering to angle. The bullet went in the armpit, and came out the flank leaving a 50cent piece sized exit hole.
Everything I had ever heard about the Gameking was that it was a very soft bullet not suited to anything bigger than deer. Was it the low speed or are these projectiles just undersold? They are plenty accurate that's for certain.
Anyways, after taking the loooooooong way around the barn I thought I'd ask if anyone has used the hollowpoint Gameking on game? I picked up a box of them today because the price was right, but haven't shot any of the HP style yet. They certainly look more like a varmint bullet than one to be used for big game.