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SST and Balistic Tips on deer. A good choice?

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Unread 01-06-2011, 10:51 AM
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Re: SST and Balistic Tips on deer. A good choice?

Originally Posted by 264junkie View Post
#1 Took a 160lb whitetail facing me at 15yds...Hit him square in the chest with a 168gr Combined Tech. Ballistic Tip from my 30-06...it passed above the heart, began to veer up, took out one lung and ended up lodged in the spine just foward of the hind end...I dug the bullet out of the vertibra and it was almost a perfect mushroom, about 70% intact and the deer of course didn't take a step.

#2 Took a 120lb whitetail at 110yds ..broadside right behind the shoulder with the afore mentioned combo.....entrance would was the size of a penny..complete pass through with exit the size of a qrtr....made complete mush out of the lungs....Very, very good blood trail.
your round falls right into the perfect window for the SST style bullet. Figureing a near max load of 2700 fps, and you couldn't ask for much more
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Unread 01-12-2011, 06:21 PM
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Re: SST and Balistic Tips on deer. A good choice?

I shot one doe at 175 yards with my .30-06. I used a 165 grain SST at 2900 fps MV, hitting the deer between the spine and the shoulder (no bone). She was my first bang-flop - no twitching, no running - nothing. BT's and PT's, OTOH, deer tend to run a bit before collapsing. With the SST, I saw minimal meat damage and never recovered the bullet. This is my go-to load for deer and smaller critters, though I recently worked up a 180 grain SST load if shooting in higher cross-winds. The 165 grain doesn't do well at longer ranges with cross-winds. BT's and PT's don't damage much meat either (in the four I shot), but the SST shoots better out of my rifle.
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Unread 01-12-2011, 07:06 PM
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Re: SST and Balistic Tips on deer. A good choice?

I shoot the Hornady 165 GR SST out of my 300 win mag and it is deadly accurate! I have not shot a deer in the neck or shoulder that has taken a step in the past 4 years. I took a 9 point buck this past year in texas at 100 yards broadside. High shoulder shot that broke the first shoulder severed the spine and broke the other shoulder and stayed in the skin on the far shoulder. about 50% weight retention with devistating terminal effects. I swear by them. I have heard of many people having problems with the silvertips that winchester makes. I don't think very highly of them. I just got a 25-06 and started shooting the new superformance sst 117 gr bullets with it and have high expectations.
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Unread 01-16-2011, 10:44 PM
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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
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