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#2501101 - 05/26/13 10:44 AM 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs?
motown Offline
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Registered: 05/04/13
Posts: 34
Loc: SE PA
So yesterday i got out for only the second time this year for whistlepigs and despite 20-30 mph gust had a good day. I shot a total of 5 hogs anywhere from 20 yards to 200 with only 2 misses but both where 300 yards shots and with 20mph winds i was not suprised. Out of the 5 hogs 2 of them either ran or crawled back into there hole which leads me to my question.

I am shooting a 700 vls 223 and 55 grain sierra gameking BT sptizers. It seems anytime i hit bone they where quite explosive but the thing that bothers me is the 2 that got away. I am sure they will die in there holes but i am about quick clean kills and thats why i am wondering if the expolsiveness of the blitzkings maybe better suited for groundhogs compared to the spitzer. I am sure the spitzer would be great for coyotes as to where it would leave minimal hide damage with great penetration but for hogs i am starting to lean more towards blitzkings. Does anybody have experience with both bullets? Any input would be appreciated.

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#2501114 - 05/26/13 11:07 AM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: motown]
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Registered: 04/08/13
Posts: 209
Loc: Clayton NM
I use blitzkings for thin skinned animals, for larger thicker hides use the gamekings. Last coyote I shot with my 223, 3400fps at about 50 yards just behind the shoulder, no exit wound and entrance was a tiny hole. Shoulder hit, maybe lots more violent.

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#2501124 - 05/26/13 11:37 AM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: motown]
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Gamekings are accurate but definitely a tougher jacketed bullet. I have shot a lot of the 40gr/50gr BlitzKings and they IMO would be ideal for what you are describing. I would assume the 55gr would be up to the task as well.
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#2501128 - 05/26/13 11:50 AM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: venatic]
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GameKings are a poor choice for woodchucks - they deserve a quicker death.

Use BlitzKings or V-Maxs and they will be DRT
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#2501130 - 05/26/13 12:02 PM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: motown]
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Registered: 01/03/13
Posts: 117
Loc: Central PA
Blitzkings or V-Max is the way to go for the ghogs. Or anything in a 150gr or bigger in bigger claibers, love shooting ghogs with the 308 or 30-06. Yes a lot of over kill, and since the componet prices are sky high, i stick to my 223 for ghogs.
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#2501915 - 05/28/13 02:33 PM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: ex22250shooter]
sbranden Offline
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Registered: 10/02/09
Posts: 382
Loc: MD, USA
I just shot 5 ground-hogs myself yesterday/Memorial Day - with 55gr Sierra Blitzkings out of my 22-250. I love this bullet, and when I compared it against Sierra's other 55 (same speed) using AmmoGuide's ballistic calculator, the 55BK was flatter out to 500 yards.

I have also used Berger 52gr Target Match hollow points, which is another very accurate bullet out to say 300 yards anyway. (The 55BK probably has a higher BC, and boat tail design whereas the Berger is a flat base bullet - but won't matter to 300yds.)


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#2502017 - 05/28/13 06:46 PM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: motown]
motown Offline
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Registered: 05/04/13
Posts: 34
Loc: SE PA
Thanks for all the responses guys. I am going to keep the Gamekings for Coyotes and was actually able to find Blitzkings in stock so i ordered 500.

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#2502520 - 05/29/13 08:24 PM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: motown]
gregs Offline
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Registered: 12/01/12
Posts: 172
Loc: northern MN
Blitzkings.

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#2502539 - 05/29/13 09:03 PM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: motown]
Mike B Online
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Registered: 01/31/02
Posts: 1934
Loc: central PA
Ghogs are a tough animal to kill DRT! If I shoot hem with my 30-06 deer load, I expect half to head back for the hole even though there is a 1 inch or so hole straight through them. The BK's will make 'em deader quicker.
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#2502620 - 05/30/13 01:28 AM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: Mike B]
Jack Roberts Offline
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Registered: 05/10/01
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DRT only happens when you hit them near the center of the upper third of their body.
For their size they are very tough.

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#2503604 - 06/01/13 02:33 PM Re: 55 grain blitzkings or gamekings for groundhogs? [Re: motown]
ackleyman Online
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Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 5358
Loc: Hickville
The 55g blitz kings are the most explosive. You did not mention your load.

For max muzzle velocity with your bolt gun, see if you can find some Vit N-135 powder used in conjunction with a thick cup primer, you will be on the heels of 3500 fps with your rifle.

Send me a pm if you need more info, this is not a auto loader load.

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