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#7023324 - 01/03/18 02:45 PM Hornady SST
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My son shot an axis and a whitetail this weekend, both in the neck with a 260. The129 SST dropped them both in their tracks but the bullet did not pass through. The axis was moving quite a bit but never got back up so I was worried it had not broken the spine. Is this normal for the SST and is the ELDX better?

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#7023338 - 01/03/18 02:52 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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And here come the neck shot police...

I donít think the purpose of a polymer tipped bullet is to pass through. You want it to expand rapidly and dump all of its energy inside your target. Sounds like they did exactly that. If you want pass through, switch to a soft point. Much more likely to get an exit
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#7023340 - 01/03/18 02:58 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Everyone knows me as a one trick pony partition partition partition... well ill surprise a few people. I like easily frangible bullets aka soft point cup and core, v-max, sst, ballistic tip etc. bullets for neck shots, you want to mess that spine up.

I would still like a bullet with enough substance to exit, I would try stepping up in weight a little, will give more energy a little less speed and likely better penetration and weight retention.

Neck shot critters have been known to flop and kick a lot, its the ones that fall and never move you need to be leery of.
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#7023346 - 01/03/18 03:01 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Axis have a lot more desire to live than a WT. I would shoot whichever one your gun likes

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#7023386 - 01/03/18 03:26 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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The gun he shoots now likes the round. Unfortunately there are not a lot of factory options for the 260. It is a model 7 Remington so I will most likely be getting him a 6.5 CM next year in a full stock.

I know some people say don't neck shoot but (knock on woood) I have never lost one I shot in the neck and never had one get back up.

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#7023545 - 01/03/18 04:58 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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I've shot the 129 sst exclusively out of my 6.5 creedmoor and it has yet to not provide a complete passthru on every animal shot, which includes an axis doe right in the neck. Spine was completely severed and there was a silver dollar size exit. That was at a little over 100 yards.

I've been very impressed with the performance and it drops them in their tracks!

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#7023747 - 01/03/18 07:23 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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I'm not shocked that there was no exit. There is a lot of meat and bone in the neck to stop a bullet, especially one like an SST. I shot a deer with a .308 SST a couple of weeks ago (behind the shoulder) and it exited with a golf ball size hole, but it only had ribs and organs to go through.
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#7023752 - 01/03/18 07:26 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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Originally Posted By: Txlonghorn
The gun he shoots now likes the round. Unfortunately there are not a lot of factory options for the 260. It is a model 7 Remington so I will most likely be getting him a 6.5 CM next year in a full stock.

I know some people say don't neck shoot but (knock on woood) I have never lost one I shot in the neck and never had one get back up.


How do you feel about buying handloading equipment instead?

.260 Rem and 6.5 Creedmoor are ballistic twins, literally.

Load a 140 gr in the .260 Rem, and you will be very pleased.
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#7023754 - 01/03/18 07:28 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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SSTs are fine foe deer unless you run them super fast.
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#7023755 - 01/03/18 07:28 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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I am also very impressed with the SST. I have shot 2 hogs recently and neither one of them went more than 10 yards. If they do run I am in trouble because these bullets dont seem to leave much of a blood trail. But as long as they are DRT no blood trail is needed.
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#7023804 - 01/03/18 08:04 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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I am leery of them in a smaller bullet because they havenít left a blood trail on 3 deer shot by my wife and daughter. All 3 good shots and no big trouble caused, but I like a blood trail where we hunt.
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#7023816 - 01/03/18 08:17 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: FiremanJG]
Txlonghorn Offline
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Txlonghorn
The gun he shoots now likes the round. Unfortunately there are not a lot of factory options for the 260. It is a model 7 Remington so I will most likely be getting him a 6.5 CM next year in a full stock.

I know some people say don't neck shoot but (knock on woood) I have never lost one I shot in the neck and never had one get back up.


How do you feel about buying handloading equipment instead?

.260 Rem and 6.5 Creedmoor are ballistic twins, literally.

Load a 140 gr in the .260 Rem, and you will be very pleased.


I realize they are ballistic twins and I feel a little silly looking at the 6.5 but the 260 factory options are limited and I really don't have the time to handload. Also, the model 7 he is shooting has a shory light barrel that I am mot a big fan of anyway. In fact, the gun seems to have the recoil of a 270 or more because of the light weight and short barrel. I shoot a 300 so it doesn't bother me but my little guy is 12 and it might him. It just seems more options for the 6.5 in factory loads.

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#7023857 - 01/03/18 08:47 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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This is a bit of an apples & oranges comparison, but itís the only experience I have with both of the bullets in question.

For a while I used the 180gr SST in 30-06 for hunting deer & pigs. Whatever it hit did not go far, but I found field dressing a bit messier than necessary at times with heart shots.

This was the first year I used the 143gr ELD-X in 6.5 creedmoor on a deer. Heart shot through & through, very little meat damage, and no bullet fragments. I was very happy with its performance.

Range was typically around 100y.

Iíll occasionally bring a deer home to process myself, so itís a priority to me to not have bullet fragments in the meat when Iím trying to run it through the grinder. If I were shooting in the neck I would consider staying with the SST, in my experience they have been pretty devastating, and in the neck youíre not ruining any choice cuts of meat.

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#7023864 - 01/03/18 08:58 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: ccoker]
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Originally Posted By: ccoker
SSTs are fine foe deer unless you run them super fast.


Agreed, and lay off of bone if possible.

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#7023872 - 01/03/18 09:06 PM Re: Hornady SST [Re: Txlonghorn]
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I love the SSTs for deer and hogs. They've never let me down.

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