6.5 140 SST or A-Max

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by sscoyote, Oct 7, 2003.

  1. sscoyote

    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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    Going for deer/elk in about 3 weeks. 2800+ f.p.s. m.v. Shots could range to 6- or 700 yds. Any suggestions between the 2?? There's a considerable difference between the 2, and no doubt B.C. as well. Haven't looked that part up yet, but will momentarily.
     
  2. Mysticplayer

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    Personally, I would go SST just incase of a close in shot. Either would work at LR but the Amax may not penetrate enough at close range.

    I have been working with the 140gr SST and it is 1.5" long. BC is probably the highest in its class. Nice bullet

    What cartridge are you using? Barrel length?

    Jerry
     

  3. frankg

    frankg Well-Known Member

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    I did some testing of both bullets on my homemade tissue simulators. I am using the A-max specifically because I found it to be more explosive. I shoot groundhogs and small whitetail. I believe Hornady said they should work on foxes and small deer.
    I believe the sst may be a better choice for your purposes.
     
  4. sscoyote

    sscoyote Well-Known Member

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    I'm a backpack hunter, and as such i've been using the single shot pistols for some years now. The gun is a 16" XP in 6.5-284 Win. with 3-12X Burris Ballistic Plex reticle/target turret. I've gotten pretty good results to 700 yds. with the 129 SST, but i can add some energy with the 140 @ 6- + 700 yds. I'll be testing the rig from field positions on steel in the next few days to see what my true practical range is in the field on a deer vital area size target.My velocity estimates may be a little on the high side, but i'm figuring somewhere between 2700-2800 m.v.

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