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  • ElevenBravo

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    My supply of Hornady 165gr spire points has about dried up, and Hornady has discontinued them for the time being. I'm looking at using their 165gr SSTs in my 300 WSM, was wondering if anyone had any experience with them... accuracy and especially performance with hogs.
     

    Rottweiler

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    I ran into the same problem with 130 gr. in 270. Tried a box of Nosler BTs (yeah I know more expensive but if I want to hunt) Same powder charge,same seating depth, same everything...Rifle shot them exactly the same as SSTs
     

    Dawico

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    I load 165gr SSTs in my .308 AR10. I shoot 5 shot groups at 100 yards easily under an inch. I have only taken one deer with it and the bullets performed perfectly. SSTs are known for their accuracy and reliability.

    I highly recommend them. The only problem I have is finding them lately. .308 SSTs are hard to get ahold of lately.
     

    dee

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    I've seen performance on par with ballistic tips. I would stay off heavy bone also running fast at close distances can yield over expansion with little penetration.
     

    Dawico

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    You may also want to jump up to 180 gr and even Interbonds for hard hog shots. Bonded bullets stay together better hitting solid bone and the 180gr bullets are designed for a heavier class of animal. This is just speculation as I haven't tested it but this is my understanding of the differences.

    For normal hunting the SSTs will definitely do the trick. If I was mainly going after large hogs I would step up though. IBs are more expensive but usually more available too.
     

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    The SST still has the Interlock ring, so while it may expand vigorously I don't think it's quite as fragile as the NOSLER BT. I agree with Dawico about hogs. If I used the SST for that it would be heavy and I'd go 180 over 165 gr. I'll soon be buying a 7mm-08 and plan to use the 139 gr. SST for whitetail and hogs. Another route you could take with the 165s would be to keep velocity down in the .30-06 range.
     

    Bbear

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    I get sub-MOA accuracy out of my 30-06 with the 165 gr as well as sub-MOA with 139 gr in my 7-08. Having said that, I will be changing to something a little tougher for 2014. 3 Axis does and 2 WT does shot this year with them. Ranges from 65 yards out to just under 200. Average exit wound when shot through the shoulder was in the neighborhood of 3". Lots of blood-shot meat there. When shot through the ribs, behind the shoulder, the exit wounds were around 2". In the ribs, the area covered by the blood-shot was less, but still made it not worth trying to salvage any of it for jerky or sausage.
    I switched to Nosler AB and shot 2 other axis does, one just over 100 yards and one out a bit further, 187 (lasered). The close one was shot through the ribs, exit was a tad over 1". The longer shot was through the shoulders and the exit was about the same with the amount of blood-shot meat in the shoulder being minimal, say 2" around the exit. Both of these were shot through my 700 Mtn Rifle.
     

    Dhayes

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    Hubby had me do 7mm-08 reloads with both Hornady SST bullets and Nosler Partition bullets with my Hornady brass. Stayed up until 3-ish Sunday morning working on reload development plan that he came up with after reading the reloading manuals. For the Hornady SST's, we made 9 different powder loads with 3 rounds of each. For the Nosler Partitions, we made 7 different powder loads with 3 rounds each. Both the SST's and the Noslelrs have 3 'sighter' rounds each.
     

    ElevenBravo

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    Bought a couple boxes of Accubonds and Partitions at 180 and 165gr weights. Hopefully work will let up soon so I can test the loads out. Doing the OCW method to see if I can come up with a stable and accurate load
     
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