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Unread 08-19-2012, 02:25 AM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

Never had the SST shoot best out of any rifle but pickt up some 162 grain SuperPerformance loads for the 7 mag last year. They shot alright but I hit a goat @ 45 yards broadside throught the boiler room, I was kinda laughing figured it would blow a big hole in him and blow him off his feet=WRONG he took off like I had missed......Wich I did with the second shot but the third took out his back hocks and he crawled 150 yards farther(downhill) before I could get reloaded and finish him off. The first shot went through both lungs without hitting a rib and it lookt like I had hit him with a target arrow!!
The other two guys with me where useing 154 grain reloads and thier goats droped in thier track with off shoulder hits.
For goats and deer I still prefer the 160 grain partition that also works for elk and they shoot great out to 600 yards in the old 7mag.....when I take the time to reload
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Unread 10-10-2012, 07:46 AM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

I use the 120 SST out of my 6.8 Ar-15. Getting sub moa at 100 yards. This bullet is a deer and hog machine. Bullets look good coming out of the hogs i've shot, as for deer, I shoot most of mine in the neck and have yet to have one move.

So I guess this bullet sounds like it's suited for thin skinned smaller game? Like whitetail and bellow? I shoot 168 gr ballistic silvertips out of my .308 and have wondered whether I should try the SST for it. May just stick with the silvertips.

here is a review from the 6.8 forums.

120gr SST Hogs/Range Report....
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Unread 10-19-2012, 08:50 AM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

I've used the 129 SST in a long throated 6.5 Rem, the 139 gr SST in a 7mm Wby and a 165 SST in a 30-06. All 3 killed deer. All 3 opened violently (similar to a ballistic tip) and messed up a bit of meat. If you get a broaside lung shot they work pretty good. If you need a little more penetration I don't think they are the bullet. I've switched to Barnes TSX or TTSX bullets and I am very happy with the complete penetration and less meat damage.
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Unread 10-19-2012, 09:42 AM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

I reloaded 95gr SST's in my dad's .243 for antelpe and deer hunting. They were rather explosive. First antelope, quartering shot, hit just behind front shoulder and exit in front of hind quarter. There was little need to field dress that one. Most everything you would have to remove was already laying on the ground from the large cavity left at the exit. Second antelope, barely hit the front shoulder and heart lungs to jello. Front shoulder was a complete loss.

The SST's, in my experience, will definitely put an animal down. However, the damage they do at exit or upon hitting bone makes them too explosive.

They were accurate in my dad's .243 but we will be looking for a different bullet after the seasons are over. Accuracy is still the most important part of putting an animal down.
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Unread 11-10-2012, 08:22 PM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

Took a deer today at 270 yards with the Hornady 165 SST Superformance in 308. Velocity was about 2340 fps at impact. Broadside hit, bottom of both lungs shredded, heart cut in two. I made a good shot, which I have to brag about to you all because nobody in my family cares. Small exit wound. Deer took a few steps before he realized he was dead...but he went down in a hurry. Upon skinning, noted massive blood shot around ribs at entry wound with shattered rib, less at exit, but I don't really care cause I throw the ribs to the dogs anyway. The rest is quartered and aging in my fridge, though!
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Unread 11-10-2012, 10:38 PM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

I killed a coues whitetail buck two weeks ago with a 130 grain sst from a 270 Winchester. I found that the wound was no more dramatic than what the Sierra 130 gamekings do. The buck was 360 yards away facing me. The bullet entered his neck and exited on his shoulder.
My son shot a javelina in the neck broadside at 222 yards with the sst in a 270. Three vertabrea were fractured and blasted out the other side, this wound was dramatic! Any other bullet would have done the same.
My brother shot a spike elk using a 165 grain sst from a 30-06. The bullet exited and the elk died quickly. I think that sst's are a fine deer bullet and accurate to boot.
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Unread 11-13-2012, 01:53 PM
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Re: Experience with Hornady SST on deer?

I have taken 2elk and 2mule deer with ssts. 1 with 3006 150gr. 265yards 1shot 1kill.bullet recovered off leg at knee or elbow. Did not weight it but not much left of bullet. The second elk right at 400 yards. 165gr 300 win. Same as above. The 1st deer just over 300yards no bullet recovers. 3006 150gr sst. The second deer 285 Yards 270 130gr sst. Not much left of bullet. All dead in tracks.
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