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Any of you ever used a Hornady 162 gr SST in a .280 Rem?

 
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:02 AM
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Any of you ever used a Hornady 162 gr SST in a .280 Rem?

If so, how did it perform from a hunting perspective, close range as well as long range?
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Old 07-05-2012, 10:24 AM
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Re: Any of you ever used a Hornady 162 gr SST in a .280 Rem?

I used em in my 7mag. They where accurate, made my longest shot with em called it no less. But as for terminal performance. The only animals that dropped to the shot where hit in the head or spinal column and I never one time recovered an intact bullet, didn't matter the range the core separated every time. Animals reactions went from taking off running like hell to not even a flinch. So if you want to use them their accurate as all getout, but you'll need to pick your shots. Myself if I wanted to do that I would hunt elk with my 243.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:03 PM
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Re: Any of you ever used a Hornady 162 gr SST in a .280 Rem?

I have loaded them for the past 10+ years in my 7mag @ 2950fps. I've had nothing but great results from them, both in accuracy and terminal performance. Can't think of a single time one failed to give me a complete pass through and destroyed every shoulder (deer) I have hit with them. I have shot deer from 20-500+ yards and most hit the ground immediately. I did load the 139's for a year and had them come apart on deer, same with the 154's.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:39 PM
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Re: Any of you ever used a Hornady 162 gr SST in a .280 Rem?

I can't speak specifically about the 7mm bullet but I have used them in the 25-06 and 6.5x55 with excellent results. The animals that have ran, didn't make far enough to matter.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:37 AM
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Re: Any of you ever used a Hornady 162 gr SST in a .280 Rem?

Little more reading for ya, old and new:
Experience with Hornady SST on deer? - Page 8 - LongRangeHunting Online Magazine
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