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Old 08-15-2010, 03:15 PM
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hornady sst

i usually use tsx or sierra when reloading but am kind of looking for a little more accuracy and performance.at 500 to 600 yrds is there any advantage?im shooting a 721 30-06 with 24in barrel
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:25 PM
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Re: hornady sst

I haven't shot the SST's in my stock Winchester 308 Heavy Varmint at 600 yds yet but they do average .4" at 100 yds in my rifle (180 grains). Looking forward to buying plenty more to try out at further ranges.
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:24 PM
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I have just finished a project .. I as very old 700 Mountain rifle re barreled with a stainless 24 inch Remington sporter regular take off barrel. The barrel was new from a gu that just wanted the action.

Boyds laminated stock fully bedded with pilars and a sear and spring trigger job ..

I am a bit of a Hornady fan ... so I tried 165's and 180s' in SST.. Groups were better with the 180s.. I did want to use the 165's for that extra speed..but accuracy was important.

In the end the standard 180gn Hornady BTSP interlock shot the same with the accuracy node only at 2650 fps I must say it opens up and works brilliantly on our sambar deer. I ran out of SST's and had 2 boxes of these interlocks thats why I used them. Using adi 2209 at 55gn and there is a Hogdon equiakent.. Faster was no good an accuracy was my priority. Just try a few loads and see what happens on paper..

Even at 300 yards the bullet opens nicley and is devastating..

So far 2 stags from two shots.. last one just fell on the spot. Love those Hornadies.. beautiful recovery

In fact I'm using 162 SSt's in my 7mm 130's in a buddies in .270. Never failed us on medium game.. so thats why keep using them . I'm not worried about meat damage!

My new custom Edge will be firing 250gn Hornadies BTHP Match and 225 SST's untill I can get hold of the Berger 300 gn pills in Australia.

Since you are shooting at 600 the heavy bullet slows up pretty well in the 06.. I have limited it to 300 yards or there abouts.. Sambar are quite a big animal and they need good knock down power a bit like elk.. my number is 1800 ft lbs or more..otherwise get a magnum.. Big stags are just too hard and tough to chase in our high country.

I would have no issue using a SSt on any game... past 200 even better as this is where they perform.. 100 in a box is good value!
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:09 PM
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Re: hornady sst

My only complaint with the SST and every other non bonded bullet is sometimes when pushed at 2900fps or faster is their tendency to handgrenade, then lacking penetration. So I load SST's for open country hunting, bonded core for areas where shots are usually under 200 yards. Perfect partners are the SST and Interbond.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:16 AM
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Re: hornady sst

I recently reloaded sst for and old Browning abolt. Its been re stocked and glass bedded boyds thumb hole laminate, 2 lb timney trigger spring installed. shoots .30 at 100 yd 3 shot group. Havent tried on deer or hogs yet but will soon our season opened aug 15. 150 gr sst 52 gr Imr4064 hornady case WLR primer. this is 1.6 gr below max. [ 2900 fps muzzle veolicty according to hornady manual.]
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:10 PM
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Wildhog, what are you running them through? I have a load using 47 grains of 4064 for my .308 that chronos at 2800 fps. With three shot under 5/8" not bad for a sporter weight barrel.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:11 PM
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Re: hornady sst

My buddy has shot several Co. elk with a 300WSM using 165SST Hornady bullets. He said they were all pass through shots on a couple of cows and a bull. I don't remember the ranges he shot them at though.
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