Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???
The SST is an awesome bullet out of a 308. We shot 3 coyotes from 200 to 365 yards with the 150 grain Superformance load and the damage was devastating on the thin skinned coyotes.
Two weeks later my buddy was able to shoot 2 mule deer does one at just over 300 yards and the other was just shy of 550 with the same box of Superformance ammo. The one at 300 yards ran for 10 yards and piled up dead with a bullet right through her lungs and the only meat loss was from the ribs. The doe shot at 550 caught the bullet right through the shoulders and looked like she'd been hit by a 300 mag instead of a 308 she hit the ground so fast. Meat loss on the near shoulder was minimal and he only lost about a big hamburger sized piece of meat from her offside shoulder.
My boss shoots a 7mm Rem Mag with the 154 grain SST Superformance load and took an elk, bull moose, and a decent mule deer buck all with one shot. He hit the elk a little high in the shoulders (200 yard DRT shot) and it put some bullet fragments in the front end of the backstraps but he didn't really lose any meat off the shoulders. He hit his bull moose right through the shoulders at 150 yards and it dropped on the spot. The bullet didn't make it to the offside shoulder but the lungs were gelled. He hit the deer through the back of the lungs at about 275 yards and it ran 20 yards before piling up and he lost just a little of the offside rib meat.
The SST is a great bullet from everything I've seen. While it wouldn't be my first choice for Moose it worked great for my boss and you should never have problems with it on deer out of your 308.