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Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Buzzsaw, Sep 15, 2018 at 1:11 PM.
Have a new one due next week. Which factory load is best for deer sized game?
I was shooting the Hornady Superformance 129 SST ammo a couple months ago while playing with a new rifle. I was getting some 3/4 to 1 MOA groups with it at 640 yards. I was surprised with it. I had checked and corrected runout with though with the Hornady concentricity gauge. I don't remember the runout being that bad though.
As always probably depends on what your barrel likes, but I think the 129 SST would work well on deer.
Thanks barrel nut, what twist is your rifle?
Shot this out to 600 yards with results similar to barrelnut. Nothing super impressive but easy 3/4” at 100 and reliable hits on moa plates out to 600.
I forgot ammo and wanted to shoot while on vacation so bought this. No chrono, no measurements, just checked 100 yards with 3 shots then the rest were at steel. 2700 FPS is what I ran for ballistic calcs.
My first try in my ruger predator was hornady precision hunter. It was also my last because it shot so dang well.
I found the Hornady AMAX 140 was hard to beat. I had to work a bit on handloads to get better groups that it would produce...5 shot under .75moa and several 3 shots under .5moa. The Prime 130gr were not far off from the Hornady. All of this was at 100yds.
Sako started making 6.5 cm ammo. It’s quality stuff
Shot NRA Whittington PRL 1 course out to 1300 yds with Hornady 140 gr. ELD Match ammo. Exceptional accuracy with -.25 MOA groups at 100yds. I can’t beat these with my best handloads in my custom 6.5 Creedmoor! Should work well on whitetail.
My wife’s Savage Lady Hunter Creedmoor likes 129 SST’s my LAW Professional likes 143 ELDx.
The 143 Precision Hunters have worked very well for me.
I don’t know how the Hornady 140gr BTHPs are on game but 6 consecutive five-shot groups have averaged .481” from my Beanland Creedmoor. We’re it not for two fliers, they would have averaged .384”. Not sure I’m going to be able to tune a handload to do any better than that.
The Hornady Precision Hunter 143gr ELD-X shoot .25" groups in my custom 6.5 Creedmoor, perfect for deer hunting.