Re: SST and Balistic Tips on deer. A good choice?
I shoot the Hornady 165 SST in my 300RUM, but have loaded it down, to save some barrel life and so my dad can shoot it. We hunt VA whitetails here, but don't have anyplace that we can get over a 250yd shot, so I don't need the long range reach with it. For longer ranges or elk out west, I load a SMK 180, but not at max velocity there, either. With the 300 load I get .25 inch groups at 100yds. Haven't tried the 180 SST yet.
So far, I have shot 3 deer with the 165. One neck shot, shattered the vertebrae, got a 30cal entry with maybe a .75in exit. The other two were does, about 150lbs on the hoof, rib cage shots, with one exit on a shoulder. Neither bullet was found in the dirt on the other side. None of the deer took a step, just dropped on the spot. One doe had a bigger entrance wound, than the exit. ??? I found a 1in chunk of heart and part of one lung on that one, broken ribs on both sides, and the far leg shattered, right where the armpit is. I couldn't find any piece of bullet in the wound channel, just shards of bone. The second doe, was a clean side to side shot, broken ribs on both sides. Tiny entrance, and maybe .5 to .75 exit. No bullet pieces in this one either.
The main reason I went to the plastic tips, is seeing how the lead tipped ones deform under recoil in the magazine. The SSTs get a little flat on the tip of the nose, but nowhere near to what the lead does.
Browning A-Bolt Stalker SS in 338RUM, Rem. 700 SS in 300RUM, Rem. 700BDL in 7mmRemMag