Originally Posted by Daveinjax
I shoot the SST 139gr at 2950 with my 7-08 and taken well over 50 whitetail without any bullet failure. The 162gr SST is practicaly made for 280AI. It sends the the 162sst at @ 3000fps wich is right in the middle of the sst intended velocity range. At half the price of the other bullets you are just throwing money away for no gain. Don't get caught up in the hype that bonded is better. Most often you get poorer accuracy and bullets that fail to open at longer range.
I shot last night and was able to get 2887fps out of 139g SST's, 47g of IMR4350, CCI200's in the 7-08. Wasn't sure if I wanted to go any higher then that, I've already been crunching some powder. Plus it's for my 12 year old daughter, and I'm not trying to make it kick too hard, but I did want to achieve that benchmark of 2800fps.
I've gotten my 280 up to 2922fps with 162g SST's, 55g of IMR4350, CCI200's.
Price is for sure a little more comfortable with SST's if your doing quite a bit of shooting. The bonding process must be expensive.