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Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

 
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:52 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

@zxd9 if you don't like how the SST's shoot even after playing with the COAL try a different bullet weight. My 270 shot the 130 grain SST's at about 1.25 inches at 100 yards but would pile the 140 grainers into 1/2 inch groups on a good day (3/4 inch groups on a bad day) and still has my best group to date at just under 1/4 inch. Like an idiot I sold that gun so I could have a lightweight varmint gun and I would love to have it back.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:02 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

Thanks for the info guy's, thats the bullet I'm going to use then.

Do you think I would be better with the 165gr or 150gr. I do like the higher BC on the 165's. The only reason I ask that is because I'm shooting a X-bolt and it's 1-12 twist, maybe the 150's would shoot better??

Kevin.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:12 PM
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Kevin do you have the standard X Bolt or the Varmint version (just curious cause I've always wanted to find someone with the varmint version to see how they liked the balance of it)? With a 1 in 12 inch twist either of those bullet weights should be fine. The Hornady's are so cheap I'd buy the 165's and try them first and if you don't like how they shoot try the 150's for another 25 bucks. Keep us posted on how they shoot.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:35 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

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Kevin do you have the standard X Bolt or the Varmint version (just curious cause I've always wanted to find someone with the varmint version to see how they liked the balance of it)? With a 1 in 12 inch twist either of those bullet weights should be fine. The Hornady's are so cheap I'd buy the 165's and try them first and if you don't like how they shoot try the 150's for another 25 bucks. Keep us posted on how they shoot.

I have the standard X-bolt and I love it!

I have tried the 165's and they shoot pretty good. I've only tried 44,44.5 & 45gr's of Varget, so far 44.5gr's has been the best but not by much. I'm going to play around some more in around the 44.5 range.

Kevin
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

Kevin I have an X Bolt in 300 WSM and love it too! I like it so much I would really like to handle one of the varmint versions to see about buying one in a 22-250 for rock chucks. Good luck with your load development!
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:34 AM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

I have a Sauer .308m reload my own and always use 150 grn SST's, I kill an average 180 deer a year, Roe weighing up to 50lb on the hoof and Red up to 300lb on the hoof.

I get differing levels of meat damage but mostly acceptable, the only time its bad is when I placed the bullet badly but the mostly always drop on the spot, if the dont its because they hav'nt realised they are dead!
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:38 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

I shoot the 165 from my .30-06. My friend prefers the 150 in his .308. Absolutely lethal on deer! My first bang-flop was with the 165. I shot a doe at 175 yards between the shoulder and the spine. No twitching, running, kicking - nothing. I push my 165 at 2900 fps at the muzzle. I just tested the 180's and am more impressed than ever. You won't be disappointed with the SST.
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