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Old 01-31-2012, 07:53 PM
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264 STW Loads

I tried the 129 grain Hornady SST out of my 264 STW this morning and was very impressed with the accuracy of this bullet. I shot two groups of 1.4"-1.9" at 400 yards with these bullets. The Hornady published BC is way low on these as Bryan Litz also noted when he tested them. They all weighed out very close when loading them without having to seperate into groups.

83 grains of retumbo was the best load shooting a 1.4" group at the 400 yard target at 3661, 3672 and 3659 fps. 80 grains of magpro shot a 1.9" group at 400 yards at 3648, 3653 and 3661 fps. I love to get this rifle out and play with it every once in a while. It is a super shooter and incredible deer/antelope special. The rifle is a sako action with a 28" 1-8.5 twist and Mcmillan stock.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:54 PM
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I tried the 129 grain Hornady SST out of my 264 STW this morning and was very impressed with the accuracy of this bullet. I shot two groups of 1.4"-1.9" at 400 yards with these bullets. The Hornady published BC is way low on these as Bryan Litz also noted when he tested them. They all weighed out very close when loading them without having to seperate into groups.

83 grains of retumbo was the best load shooting a 1.4" group at the 400 yard target at 3661, 3672 and 3659 fps. 80 grains of magpro shot a 1.9" group at 400 yards at 3648, 3653 and 3661 fps. I love to get this rifle out and play with it every once in a while. It is a super shooter and incredible deer/antelope special. The rifle is a sako action with a 28" 1-8.5 twist and Mcmillan stock.
Man, that thing must be awesome. I have had a 6.5 itch for awhile now, and that sounds like a great way to go. I am sure that if I shot it, I would have to own one, (or steal yours, LOL) that's awesome . Have fun. 7 STW
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:35 AM
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I too have found that the Published BC for the 129g SST to be too low. I shot them this last year at 1000yds with my 6.5-06 AI at 3300FPS. I had to decrease the elevation adjustment by 2 MOA to hit on target. They are a great long range bullet and a good alternative to Bergers if your rifle doesn't like them. Mine won't shoot Bergers.

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Shot some great groups out to 1000 yards with 79 grains 7828 and the 129 sst at 3710 fps. Seated 8 thousanths off the lands. Holding 1/2 moa at 500 yards and .75 moa at 1000.

I just ordered a box of the 123 Amax. Has anyone shot those at animals?
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Not to get too far off topic here but I think many of the calibers show a low BC in both the SST and Interbond bullets. I have shot some 284 and 308's that are low as well. And one of the very nice features about both for LRH is that they need far less velocity to expand properly when compared to their competition. I have seen interbonds expand well down to 1500 fps and have read a few posts from guys that I find competent to say that they get good expansion all the way down to 1300 fps.

Very overlooked bullets IMO.

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Old 02-09-2012, 05:06 PM
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I agree, I have shot hornady bullets in every caliber for 40 years and they are very good bullets with excellent on game performance. I remember doing drop tests 30 years ago to 1000 yards with the hornady 30 cal 190 boattail out of a 300 wby. It shot way flatter than listed way back then. I used that bullet with good results on long range elk. Back in those days it and the 200 sgk were two of the best. We didn't have the choices we have now.

I have shot several animals with the 208 Amax and it is a fragile bullet but the size and weight helped it through. Just wondering about the 123 Amax in the 264 if it is to fragile to consider for long range deer/antelope. This rifle's twist is to slow for the 140 vld's.
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I agree, I have shot hornady bullets in every caliber for 40 years and they are very good bullets with excellent on game performance. I remember doing drop tests 30 years ago to 1000 yards with the hornady 30 cal 190 boattail out of a 300 wby. It shot way flatter than listed way back then. I used that bullet with good results on long range elk. Back in those days it and the 200 sgk were two of the best. We didn't have the choices we have now.

I have shot several animals with the 208 Amax and it is a fragile bullet but the size and weight helped it through. Just wondering about the 123 Amax in the 264 if it is to fragile to consider for long range deer/antelope. This rifle's twist is to slow for the 140 vld's.
I don't have experience with that bullet but can tell you that the 168 gr .308 A-max works very well on mule deer and pronghorn on all but the closest shots. I shoot lower powered cartridges than you do though so you may need to be more careful a little further out.

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