Anyone using Hornady SST ammo on light-skinned game?

Anyone using Hornady SST ammo on light-skinned game?

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    Anyone using Hornady SST ammo on light-skinned game?

    I am looking for input from anyone with personal experience using Hornady SST bullets on light-skinned game such as whitetails and pronghorn. For the last 30+ years, I have used Nosler Partitions in my old .30-06. Then about 3 years ago I tried some 150 gr SST rounds in a custom Winchester model 70 at the range and was astonished by the accuracy on paper targets. However, bullets that perform well at the range are sometimes not the best choice to ensure a clean, humane kill. Hornady advertises rapid expansion for these rounds (don't they all?), which I prefer for Michigan whitetails, but I am wondering if anyone on this forum has any first-hand hunting experience with them on game. Thanks in advance.


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    Quite a number of forum posts out there (on many different forums) suggest that "Hornady SST" rounds can work well on whitetail dear and others. Click.
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    I have used 150 grain SST's loaded in my trusty 30-06 to bag several whitetails. I used Nosler Ballistic tips previously and don't see any difference between the two on deer. I shot 30 or so deer with the Nosler's and never had any take more than 1 or 2 more steps.
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    I use SST's in my .270. and I use SST slugs in my slug gun. Last deer i shot with the .270 dropped in place. Shot two last year with my slug gun and neither went more than 15yds
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    I also use nosler ballistic tips and changed to the SST around 16 years ago. My cartridge is a 7mm rem mag and I use a 139gr sst for deer. I did liquefy one deers in sides with the NBT at 185 yards, that's when I changed bullets . Not had that happen again. Major heart/lung damage is the norm but even at 3310fps at 25 yards the bullet not frag everything in side . I do let a not so good shoot walk on but have not had a deer in 16 years take more than a couple steps after being shot with the sst. That's from 25 to 405 yards I allways find some bullet mass too. Not like NBT all I find is a copper jacket.
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    I use them in my 12 ga Ithaca Deerslayer with >>> screwed into the receiver barrel <<<. Lung rippers and bone crushers they are. I recovered one that looked like a mushroom cloud. The pettles will break off if it's heavy bone like shoulder or hip to hip and don't forget the pelvis while you're at it.
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    Glad ya'll are talking about hunting, for a second I thought this thread was a post from the New Black Panther Party....

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    Thanks guys, I believe I will give them a try this fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    Thanks guys, I believe I will give them a try this fall.
    I highly doubt you will be dissappointed by the SST in whatever variety you choose. It is a formiddable bullet to be sure.
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