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Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

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Unread 10-02-2012, 08:47 AM
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Re: Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

Maybe I am missing something here but the most common complaint with both the Nosler BT and the SST is that they are too soft and blow up on impact at the closer ranges. I think this was RFtinkerer's point as well.

I have personally never seen or heard of an under expansion issue at close range with either of those bullets.

Scot E.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:24 AM
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Re: Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

I don't know if your missing anything but I'm just relaying my real world experiance that I encountered shooting aprox. 35 animals not punching paper. The OP is talking 165gr maybe the lighter bullits I was shooting cause what i explained happened to me.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 10:35 AM
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Re: Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

Like one of the other posts said,the Hornady were harder to get accurate.I have always had such good results with the BT's, both 150&180, it's kind of hard to use something else.If I take a double lunger,my favorite shot, they rarely go over 50 yards and leave a trail a blind guy could follow.Don't get me wrong,neck and head shots are nice too.No tracking.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 12:50 PM
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Re: Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

I have shot one deer with the 165SST out of a 300WSM at 400 yds. and it was a neck shot, DRT. My friend has shot 2 elk with this bullet, also a 300WSM, both through the vitals and both complete pass throughs with little meat damage. We are both using the same load which runs at 3000 ft/sec I cannot tell any difference in accuracy or POI between using the SST or the Interlock bullets. YMMV
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Unread 10-02-2012, 11:38 PM
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Re: Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

Based on everyone's experience here with the plastic tipped bullets, both NBT/BST and the SST, the takeaway seems to be that at short range shot placement is critical. Bullet expansion seems unpredictable at short range, sometimes causing pass throughs with insufficient damage, sometimes the bullet over expanding or blowing up, dependig on the shot angle and the bullet path through the animal.

So I think our advice to fellow shooters of these bullets should be something like:

1. At longer ranges aim where you wish and the bullet will do its job
2. At short ranges aim for the neck/head if broadside or from behind
3. At short range, if head on, aim at the base of the neck.

#3 is a DRT shot with the .30 150gr NBT/BST at any range. If you hit the spine s/he is DRT. If you hit a little low the round will tuck under the spine and between the shoulders, travelling the length of the body cavity, turning the organs to bloody jello. I killed a medium-large doe (140 lbs gutted) with this shot placement at less than 30 yds in a howling, pouring rainstorm in the mid 90s. She folded instantly, dead before she hit the ground I'd guess. After I hung her in the garage and skinned her I found the remains of the mangled jacket/base, lead missing, in the flesh in front of the right hip. The downside to this cavity shot is the bloody mess you have when gutting them. With head/neck shots I only get a little blood on my gloves during gutting. With this one I had blood up to my elbows.
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Unread 10-06-2012, 11:22 AM
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Re: Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

With different hunter and different bullets all kinds of reviews will be shared about it..
Having hunted for several years and found that shot placement and a a standard lead tip
bullet still gets the job done..
Most shots are under a hundred yards. People speak of 300 plus yard shots walking up a
ridge at 7000 plus elevation and off hand shot.........LOL.
Shot a plastic tip nosler 165gr bullet once on a quarting shot could put a football in the exit wound.......no I'll save my meat lead tip works and have meat in the freezer yearly.......
Now long range shooting is a different subjects Nosler 180gr BT and others plastic tip
do a great job.
Have used the Nosler Accubond once was happy with it. But went back to the 180gr Sierra GK.
This is just my shared opinion or ....... .02
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Unread 10-06-2012, 07:46 PM
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Re: Hornady 165 SST vs Nosler 165 BLT Hunting

Why don't you just use a 165 hornady interlock boat-tail(lead tip) and 4350 with a wlr or 215 and get it over with. I've had three '06 rifles that like that combo, and most went to 57 grain IMR or so. The sst's are flakey to get shooting and the nos bt's are explosive. I'd use either the lead tip hornady (I shoot 100's of these in my 300 win) or the nos AB.
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