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Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

 
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Old 10-01-2012, 10:47 AM
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Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

Has anyone used the Hornady 162 grn SST for Elk inside of 500 yards? What were your results/observations?
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Re: Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

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Has anyone used the Hornady 162 grn SST for Elk inside of 500 yards? What were your results/observations?
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:05 PM
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Re: Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

They are outstanding if you are into chasing wounded elk. Use a premium bullet. There is no excuse to use a frangible bullet for elk at any range in my opinion. They are accurate, but don't hold up well.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:11 AM
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Re: Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

I don't know what the bad rap is concerning the SST's. This is my first year in a 7wsm. My elk was taken at 440yrds, broadside shot. One hit stopped him in his tracks behind the shoulder. Passed through the vitals. Found the bullet in the opposite shoulder blade. Second shot busted the front leg bone below the shoulder blade. The recovered bullet weight was 70.5 grs. The surprising part was the lead separated from the jacket and was 1/2" apart. My dad killed his spike at 540yrds with a .270and 140gr sst's. 2 hits in the shoulder. My brother recovered one bullet in the opposite shoulder but threw it out like a retard. I have no complaint with the bullets at all.

Keep in mind I have killed many elk with sierra hpbt game kings. They explode and never reach the opposite side. I have never tracked an elk and believe the full expended energy into the vitals instead of passing through the animal is an effective way to drop elk in their tracks. I come from the school of saving meat so I aim behind the shoulder in the vitals. Some might not agree but if an elk goes more than 30' walking and is hit in the vitals the bullet has failed my purpose. I have been lucky enough to always hit the vitals and they drop close. My brother buys over the counter ammo for his '06 and always has to track his elk like 1/2 mile or so. Quite rediculous a Spitzer can take out lungs and they still walk off.

Just my opinion and experience.......
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:16 AM
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Re: Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

Just a side note, my gunsmith swears by a-max's for elk. Says it works well long and short range. I was almost convinced till I cut one in half next to an SST. I immediately sold my stock of a-max's. Good luck.

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Old 12-19-2013, 07:20 AM
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Re: Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

An A-max was created as a target bullet pure and simple. It is accurate, but not made to perform on game. Using it on elk is totally irresponsible when there are well-constructed bullets out there.

The SST is supposedly an Interlock, but evidently that plastic tip makes it dynamite. I really like Interlocks and Hornady bullets in general, but I have seen them absolutely explode at low velocities on small white-tails. They may work OK if you are going to try to prove something by seeing how far away you can get from an animal before shooting it, but they fail at reasonable ranges.

Bottom line is use whatever floats your boat, but it leaves me scratching my head when people want to use weak bullets on elk when there are such good ones available.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:01 PM
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Re: Anyone used the Hornady 162gr SST for Elk?

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An A-max was created as a target bullet pure and simple. It is accurate, but not made to perform on game. Using it on elk is totally irresponsible when there are well-constructed bullets out there.

The SST is supposedly an Interlock, but evidently that plastic tip makes it dynamite. I really like Interlocks and Hornady bullets in general, but I have seen them absolutely explode at low velocities on small white-tails. They may work OK if you are going to try to prove something by seeing how far away you can get from an animal before shooting it, but they fail at reasonable ranges.

Bottom line is use whatever floats your boat, but it leaves me scratching my head when people want to use weak bullets on elk when there are such good ones available.

***I'm with you from my experience on deer alone using the SST and the statements above on the bullets he's using IMHO should not be followed just like you have stated. Put a good bonded bullet of the proper caliber into the vitals of a big bull and not some frangible SST, HPBT, or A Max that isn't even designed as a hunting bullet!!! I handload Hornady SP and BTSPs for three different calibers for smaller game and go up to their Interbond for elk sized game with perfect results every time. The one deer and one cow elk I shot one year in Wyoming with SSTs showed terrible results, poor penetration, etc.
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