As many of you know I like heavy for caliber bullets and for good reason when I have used them on Large game that were thinned skinned but tough animals just due to their body weight, muscle and bone structure, as well as dangerous game. Now the reason I used heavy for caliber bullets is due to the many years of being in love with the 30-06 and it still is my favorite go to rifle and cartridge and the most fun for me to use for many reason that I will not expand on at this time, maybe later.
In fact there have been two specific times in my life that the 30-06 actually was in my hands while hunting and I survived being charged at close quarters. For this discussion, I am talking about 220gr and above for the 30-06. I have used A-Frames, Partitions, Woodliegh, Hornady Interlock and Sierra ProHunter (the latter two were round nose).
Top performers for me were Partitions and A-Frames. Also, a real surprise for me through the years has been the Sierra ProHunter. Now I have not stated all of this to start some debate on which bullet is best, which bullet weight is best or if the 30-06 is enough (I know the 30-06 is enough rifle and cartridge, because I have used it off and on for over 30years and have killed the most game in my hunting life with the 06). Matter of fact, none of the above mentioned bullets when used in my 06 rifles has ever failed on my hunts to take the game.
To qualify a question I am going to ask, I load my 30-06 with MRP and drive a 220gr bullet just over 2600fps and that is chronographed results. Many of you are familiar with my extensive load work in developing my hunting loads. Now that said, I would like a response from those hunters who have used the 30 cal. Sierra ProHunter 220gr bullet on game and what was your experience like when using this bullet?
Now, please don't someone get on hear and make up some story because you don't like the Sierra bullets are their ProHunter and for some reason out of some self concluded theory, you don't think it will work, so you make up some hunting story to discredit the bullet. Most of us will know if you have made up the story because of some bias and you could end up being exposed and discredited and I surely don't want that to happen. Please, if you have used it on large heavy game, describe the wound and what were the affects on the game, and also mention where you hit the game.
I have used the Sierra 220gr bullet on 7 large boar (lightest being 350 and the heaviest being 498 pounds), one eland, two elk and a 508 pound black bear. All of these were pass throughs except the eland but it fell where I shot him. Only two of the above went about 30-35 yards. One was a boar and other was an elk. Please remember, I would like to know your experience with the 220gr Sierra. I am curious to know if others have been surprised by its effect on game, being a simple none bonded nor partitioned bullet.