Re: Hornady bullets
I shot 13 deer this year, 2 with the 140 gr SMK and 11 with the 140 gr SST. Of those 11 there were 2 under 50 yds both of those went about 40-50 yards after being shot. The other 9 were between 200 and 525 yards all of them were down in under 20 yds. All 11 had exit wounds ranging from quarter size to tennis ball size and it seems as though the further out they were the more dramatically they went down. The three furthest (327, 355,& 525 yds.) all dropped where they stood.
I load them in a 6.5-284 over 49 grs of Re22 and average muzzle velocity is just under 3000 fps. Accuracy leaves a lot to be desired the BEST my rifle will do with them is .75" at 100 yds, the SMKs regularly go into .2-.3" at 100 yds.
As much as I like the terminal performance of the SST I want better accuracy so I have some A-maxs loaded on the bench waiting for better weather. I hope they shoot as well as the SMK and kill half as well as the SST, if they do I'll be a happy man.
Ignorance can be treated with education, sadly there is no cure for stupidity.