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Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

 
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:37 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

Ive killed 2 deer (one .308 the other with '06 both 150 gr bullets) and 3 hogs. All shot in or behind the shoulder, and nothing has taken a step yet after impact. Maybe Ive gotten lucky with the factory loads, but I'm sold on that bullet for 100-300 yard work.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:24 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

I finally got a good load for the 165 SST in .308. Nearly a max load of Varget at 2.755 OAL. Today I got a 0.368" 4 shot group and a 0.604" 3 shot group at 100y. Shooting these in a Savage 10FP.

Now I have to push them out to 200/300/400 yards to see how they do.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:20 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

I have shot a few deer with this bullet in my 308 from 100 to 500 yards. All shots have been in the shoulder or chest. The 165 performs perfectly at all ranges. Have had no deer move more than a few yards. The 165 SST's seem to hold together better than the Ballistic tips at closer ranges. I use 45.3 grains of Varget with Lapua Brass and Fed match primers. I seat them in the cannelure. Velocity is 2800 fps. Rifle is. Reminton mil spec with 11.25 twist, r-5.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:43 PM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

Congrats on some very tight groups! I got similar results with my .30-06 and the 165 grain SST. I'm at 2900 fps MV and get 1.20" at 300 yards. I haven't shot targets at 400, but am consistently hitting a 4" gong. You should be getting better with your .308 (and yes, they are fantastic on deer!).

I just loaded and tested the 180 grain SST (2700 fps). I haven't used it hunting (yet) but am getting 0.50" five shot groups at 100 yards. Good luck & please post again with your success!
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:50 AM
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Re: Hornady SST's for deer in 308???

I'll take 1.2" @ 300 any day. That's great.
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