Originally Posted by diamondmfarms
Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 Ballistic Tip Hunting
We are looking for a bullet to hunt whitetails from 50 yards to 400yards and put some holes in paper the same distances.
165s will certainly put whitetails down, but in my opinion 150s are more suitable for a 308/30-06 for a couple of reasons. If you're hand loading, 125s/130s are even better.
1. The extra velocity yields a little flatter trajectory to over 500 yards.
2. The lighter bullets and powder loads are a little easier on the shoulder.
Since the mid 90s I've killed around 30 NW Missouri whitetails with Federal NBTs and Win BSTs with great success, head/neck/chest shots at long range. The only issue I've had is a few instances of the round not putting the animal down at less than 150 yds with lung shots. Seems to sail right through without producing enough shock or a large enough wound channel, assuming you don't hit a rib. If you hit a rib on entry at close range it's DRT. If you miss ribs a 2nd shot is often required.
Due to cost reasons, my next ammo purchase will likely be the Hornady Custom 150 SST. It's about $10 cheaper per box than Win BST. If I was a hand loader, I'd whip up some Barnes TTSX 130s, tune them to my 788, and never look back. 3000 FPS muzzle would shoot a nice bit flatter than my 2800 FPS 150s, and the solid copper bullet would allow shoulder shots that are not practical with NBT/BSTs.
In summary, if you're stuck with factory ammo, use the Custom SST 150s. If you hand load, go with the Barnes 130gr TTSX. Or if you want a really flat shooting zipper, load up the 110gr TTSX. Note the 243 Win is one of the most successful white tail calibers, and those bullets are 80-100gr. So a 110gr 30 cal is plenty big enough for whitetails.