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Old 12-03-2011, 11:07 AM
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Re: need input on honrady 165gr sst's

I have shot several mulies and whitetails with the SST 165 in my 308 and 150gr in my 270WSM. I have had excellent performance from 50-500 yards. From the bullets I have retrieved, typically retained 50-70 % of weight. Also used the Remington Accutips which are Hornady SST's. In a standard hunting bullet, they have decent BC's and are very accurate in my rifles.
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:58 PM
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Re: need input on honrady 165gr sst's

50-70% weight retention in a bullet does not turn me on! If I can't get over 75% retention on all but the worst of shots I don't believe I would be using them. Just sayin!!!
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Re: need input on honrady 165gr sst's

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Originally Posted by Topgun 30-06 View Post
50-70% weight retention in a bullet does not turn me on! If I can't get over 75% retention on all but the worst of shots I don't believe I would be using them. Just sayin!!!
Sounds like you are more of a controlled expansion bullet guy.

I am curios, are you getting better than 70% retaining weight with the Hornady BTSP's you shoot? I don't think I have ever gotten more than 70%, maybe a few times in the mid to low 70's. Those have been on bigger mule deer and elk though.

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Re: need input on honrady 165gr sst's

Yes, I am as you described and if it isn't a passthrough with decent expansion on the exit side, which it is most of the time (like the buck in the picture), normally it's around an estimated 75%-80% weight retention when I find the bullet. I very seldom ever take other than a broadside shot through the ribs on an animal. The one I described on the mulie's right front leg with the SST while quartering toward me was a shot I had to take or he would have been back into thick stuff with no assurance that he would have come back out. My feelings are that if I had shot him with the BTSPs I'm using now that the entry would have been much smaller and it would have driven on into the vitals and even into the left ham. In fact, I shot one good whitetail buck at 225 yards with a SP in a 25-06 years ago down in Texas before Dad gave the gun to me with the same scenario. The bullet entered just inside the right front leg and was found with perfect expansion in the left ham and I'm guessing it had retained upwards of 70% of it's weight. The buck started to go down on his front legs and then ran into the brush. Knowing I had made a good shot on him I went down from the tower blind and kept searching the area for a good 15 minutes or more with Dad because there was no blood trail or tracks in that soil down there and he was found within 50 yards of where he was shot. He had bled out completely inside because of no exit wound and where the small 25 caliber entry hole was located. Those are about the only two animals of many that I have shot that I can think of that I have not shot broadside because of the terrain those two were in and I couldn't chance waiting for a better shot that might not happen. As I mentioned earlier (knock on wood), I have never lost an animal that I've shot, so I must be doing something right! I wish I had better eyesight, but as I am well into my 60s with several eye problems, I now have to limit my shots to under about 300-350 yards to have as close to 100% certainty that the animal will take a fatal hit.

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Old 12-05-2011, 04:28 PM
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Re: need input on honrady 165gr sst's

I use them in my Tikka 30-06. I just took my longest shot with them opening day in PA. 257 yards and the deer ran 10 yards, if that with a double lung shot. Great penetration thru both sides with nice big round hole on exit side ribs.
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Re: need input on honrady 165gr sst's

This year shot a buck with the superformance ammo hornady sst 139gr 7mm-08 at 570 yards nov -16. I saw It hit but the deer limped way I could see the shoulder was broke.My friend was muzzle loader hunt this past friday and shot that same buck we skinned it saturday and found the sst in the broke shoulder mess up the shoulder but that was it.But at ranges 0-200 yards they blow up.I will never buy them again.I will reload all the time for that gun now. I know it's not the 165gr sst Just giving my thoughts
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:06 PM
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Re: need input on honrady 165gr sst's

I try avoid shoulder shots. Especially slightly quartering. Seen 120gr BT glance off a sika shoulder out of a 6.5x55 under 150yds. I shot a sika doe slightly quartering to me 90yds. The 308 150gr Fed Fusion that normally performed flawless and is quite tough just broke up, went back and one half exited the left flank the other bit exited on the right flank. Had A-max from a 308 break up on a front leg bone and created a shallow wound.
Bullets sometimes do funny things.
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