Thoughts on SST\'s(long)
First off I am not trying to pick a fight about using SMK on game, I believe that the people on this board would not use them if they were losing game. This is just my observations on the hornady sst bullet based on my experiences. I hunt and live in south carolina. We have a large population of deer(especially does), I hunt a large private club (14,000 acres) and we usually fill around a 100 doe tags a year(although DNR says we need to shoot 300)
I shoot a won 70 stainless in 270 and use hornady 130 sst ligh mags with an advertised mv of 3215. Since using this load I have killed 15-20 does and five bucks with this load. The ranges have been from 50 -400 yds, the size on the does is from 75-125lbs and the bucks were 130, 135, 155, 158,and 180 lbs. A lot of the does were head shots so not much can be learnt from them, but most shots over 200 yds have been body shots(I shoot for the shoulder)I can recall 8 or 9 and the were hit in the shoulder or just behind and were just what someone would want, either dropped or ran less than 50 yards with an exit hole from the size of a quarter to a baseball. Now all five bucks were shot in the shoulder from 50- 275yds and were all dropped were they stood(except one that went 15 yds in thick cover). Great right?? well NOT ONE of those bullets exited. I could feel a couple under the skin on the far side and cut one out(our deer are taken to a processer so I didn't clean them or recover the bullets)to find about 50 grains left intact. I know I should not complain about this but I can't help but wonder what is going to happen when I plug ol mossy at long range or next to a swamp and he doesn't go down. No exit= no blood trail. Well before I stop rambling, I will mention that I used to use 130 SGK(very close to a SMK right?)and killed 35 or so deer with them and they would also come apart on shoulder shots and rarely exit, but if they exited behind the shoulder you could fit a softball in the hole!! So why do people want to pick on SMK's when the bullets a lot of them shoot perform very similarly, a 220 smk would probably have exited on the deer I shot.
Sorry, but I was bored at work(its raining). [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]