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Unread 11-23-2007, 01:58 AM
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seating depth

Thanks for all the comments so far - they are helpful yet confusing. I have struggled to get anything like a decent group and i am wondering if the seating depth is the problem. I have seated my 135gr smk to touch the lands and grouping is good - I tried the same with the sst and disaster. I see the Hornady custom loads are all seated to the cannelure - is there some secret I do not know about? If i cannot get a decent group with the 150grsst then I am going to go down to 130gr and work from there. Is it worth molycoating these points?
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Unread 11-23-2007, 05:15 AM
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On large 600 lbs deer I was less than impressed with 30 cal 168 sst performance through a 300 weatherby mag. They were supremely accurate but lacked penetration on a big thick animal slightly smaller than an elk. They just seemed to explode very quickly, and I never recovered one that still reasembled a bullet ? They also left little indication of a hit even when the shot was excellent. I recovered 3 of 4 deer quickly and a 4th 2 days and 300 yards later.

I would however think they would be excellent on lighter built deer ?



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Unread 11-23-2007, 11:26 AM
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I am seating the SST's touching the lands. Of course the result is different in every rifle, but it works well in mine. They are longer than magazine length so I basically have a single shot Rem 700, but that is where they are most accurate in my rifle.


I have concerns about shooting game heavier than medium sized < 200lbs. with this bullet as well. At the velocities of the Weatherby and RUM, I think controlled expansion goes out the window at closer ranges. I chose to try this bullet because I think it will perform better at longer ranges when velocity drops off. One field where I hunt is over 700 yards from end to end. At those distances, I'm hoping fragmentation will be less.
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