was in the gun shop today, and was looking at different bullets.
opened a box of .30 cal 180 gr. sst's, and boy they sure look sweet, but anyone ever shot them ?
are they accurate, and most of all, how do they perform on game at lr ?
Think of them as "twins" with the ballistic tip....but they have a cannelure and made by another company. Re long range performance......both bullets are nothing more than a hollow point covered by a plastic tip that accelerates the expansion process. Expect generous holes even at slow speed. Some people like this....others don't.
This has been the most accurate bullet out of my Browning A-Bolt 300 Winchester. I have used the 165 gr. with groups around .150 at 100 yds. I seat them .010 from the lands, too long for the magazine so it is a single shot. I shot an antelope at 483 yds. with this bullet. Bullet performance is like a Ballistic Tip.
My dad bought some 180g SST's for his Ruger 300 Win Mag. They didn't shoot for crap honestly. I tried couple different powders and nothing worked. I also tried a couple loads with them out of my 300 RUM and they to did not group worth crap. I would expect performance to be pretty much like the Btip. I think they are suitable for elk if the range is around 200 yards and out. I load for several different guys in my elk camp with there 300 WM's. I load them all 180g btips w/RL-22 at around 3100fps, and they/we have been having great success on spike elk the last couple years. 2 years ago, a guy took a decent 5x5 at 750 yards with the 180g BT. Performance was as good as any.