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Unread 02-09-2010, 05:59 PM
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Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

Looking for any "real life" feedback on this bullets performance on whitetail at ranges 10-500yds.
I'm in the process of working up a load for my 264 Win. Mag. in the 140gr and if feedback is good I'll also try their 129gr.

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Unread 03-08-2010, 05:03 PM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

I started using the Hornady SPBT in 140 gr. in my .270. They really didn't group all that well but they really put down the deer. I tried the SST in a 140 gr. and found it to be more accurate but I didn't like the knock down it seemed to have. The farthest I shot a buck was 235Yds. I put it right on the shoulder and it ran off I new it was hit. It went about 75 yds. The shoulder was busted and the bullet went throught the other shoulder but a pencil size exit hole. I shot one in the middle of the chest looking at me and it ran off I found no blood and found the deer about 100 yrds away. The bullet never exited and I thougt I was lucky to find the deer. I have only shot 6 deer with the SST's compared to about 25 with the SPBT's. It just seemed to me the one was more accurate but I like the performance of the other on game. Just my opinion. Good luck.
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Unread 03-08-2010, 05:30 PM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

I've shot three mule deer with Hornady 139 gr SST's out of my 7mm Rem mag. Velocity was 3150 FPS. The first one at 150 yards through the left shoulder. Very little penetration but enough damage to kill. It wasn't very pretty. The second was at 534, he was climbing a steep hill across the canyon so I put one right through the top of his shoulders. Once again, very little penetration, took a second shot to kill. This year I took a buck at 303 yards and the bullet entered the base of his neck and exited under his jaw. Enough to knock him down but it took one more to finish him. I haven't been impressed with them and no longer use em.
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Unread 03-08-2010, 07:02 PM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

shooting the 150 gr. sst at 3000 through the 30 tc. shot 2 antelope one at 305 and one at 345. The buck at 305 did not take a step. The one at 345 was bedded and never went 20 yards. Both were lung shots and bullet exited both. That was my first experience with them and I thought they performed as well at the interlock.
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Unread 03-09-2010, 12:36 AM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

Well, the only feed back Ive got for you is Ive hered and seen what they do to elk. 1 shot behind the shoulder and lodged on the other side against the leg bone just below the shoulder of the off leg. Dropped in its tracks. I wached my uncle shoot it(300 win mag, 180gr) at about 125-130 yds. at a down hill angle. I liked what the bullet looked like when we dug it out enough to start loading it in my 270WSM in 150gr. for Mule deer. And it shoots tight groups out of my factory Win. M-70 rifle. (best 5 shot group so far was .924, but 4 of the 5 grouped .541......I had a shooter indused flyer on #5). I wouldnt hesitate to use it on deer of any size or elk for that matter, and I plan to.
I cant find IB's anywhere or else Id try them too. I like the bonded bullet performance on game, but Im sure the SST's will do just fine.
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Unread 03-09-2010, 08:45 AM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

accurate, but more of a "target" bullet, very fragile. In the 300 RUM, you can count on a hole the size of a small truck at impact site.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 10:12 PM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

Interesting...I've used them on whitetail extensively in the midwest. In .257 Wby mag, .270 win, 270 Wby mag, 7mm rem mag. I have been very happy with the accuracy on all, and equally happy with the terminal ballistics. I personally have had nothing walk away from them, and haven't recovered one due to total penetration. I have killed deer from 7 yards to 287 yards. My brother was impressed with them and started loading them in his .243 WSSM. He too has had very good luck with them. I have just loaded the 180 grn in the .300 Wby mag but haven't killed anything but paper. They are not the only bullet I use, but I have been happy with them thus far, and the BC's are relatively high, and way cheaper than "premium" bullets. Some will argue that you get what you pay for, and I think that is true also. I think that they will work for you on whitetail though...good luck!
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