Originally Posted by winmag
I went out to the desert shooting yesterday. 450 yds,accross canyon witha 20-25 mph head wind from 11:00 position. The SST's shot beautifly!!!!........However theres a catch........... I found two bullets with complete jackett/core sepperation!
I know 3 of my shots hit the dirt just in front of my 5/8 plywood target board with my paper target secured to it, and left key holes thru the plywood.(I was shooting both my rifle and my dads, dads has a standard duplex, and I was doping the top of the bottom post when I hit the dirt). ANYWAY......long story short I only shot a ttl of 24 rounds, and found 2 with jacket/core seperation. So needless to say, I must re-cant my opinion of the SST. Even though I liked what they did on my uncles elk, I wont be using them for hunting like I planned. Maybe this is not a fair shake to the SST, but I have never seen a bonded bullet perform as poor as this no matter what I hit. Its bonded so it DOESNT seperate jacket and core. Ill be switching to the IB's, and I hope they fly as well as the SST's.
These were 150gr Hornady SST,s with .525 b.c. in 270WSM, with 61gr of IMR 4831(1 tenh of a grain over saami max). in both rifles. They both shoot under a min. with this load. Noslers Accubond only goes up to 140gr so Im sticking with Hornady, and going with the IB's. they have the same shape/weight/load data/and B.C., so hopefully they work up simmilarly to the SST.[/QUO
SST's are not bonded bullets, so perhaps this may be your reason for disappointment.
Ok, for the 3rd or 4th time in this thread, ill try & make it very clear that I am fully aware of the difference between the two bullets. I chose my words poorly but if you read what I wrote you'd see that I was going to swich to IB's because I was disgusted with the terminal performance of the SST.
I like how bonded bullets perform. I was simply making a comparison to crap performance of the non bonded SST. When a guy can only find 2 bullets out of 24, & the only two recovered had complete jacket core separation, you can understand why I was disappointed, because I was expecting to recover a mushroomed bullet, not pieces of hollow jacket material.
Thus the statement "I have never seen a bonded bullet perform this poorly" was strictly in reference to the disappointing terminal performance of the NON BONDED SST.
Some folks like frags. I don't. My expectations were that the SST was a controlled expansion hunting bullet. Not a frag that blew up ion impact. Different expectations of performance I guess. Either way, I'm shooting Accubonds now & couldn't be happier. (ya I know, they're not made by Hornady. Oh, & ya, they're bonded. Oh & just incase anybody wants to know they Do perform like a Bonded bullet, -cause they are- & you can recover beautifull little mushrooms all day)
Actually if you read the entire post, instead of one or two of them, you'd see that this issue was addressed several times. I still take responsibility for choosing my words poorly. But please read the rest of the thread.
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