Hornady® Superformance® SST® Bullets
Well, let me start off by saying I love Hornady bullets, I always have. They fly great, and I've never had any issues with factory ammo. My state(NY) just recently switched my county from shotgun to rifle for the regular whitetail deer season. I hunt on about 65-70 acres that's privately owned by my family, with my father and uncle. My father swore by the Superformance SST since he had used them with some success the prior year, so I gave them a try. Here is a run-down of how they performed this year, and why I can only give the Superformance factory ammo a 3, an average grade.
Some information: We all have been shooting the 150Gr 308 Win SST. Also, on our property we can only shoot out to about 120 yards MAX, and in most cases we're shooting in the area of 70-90 yards if not closer due to the terrain and the way our property is laid out. This is important as it is my belief that this was a major contributing factor to why I can only give this product 3 out of 5 stars.
We took 3 deer this year. One of which we had to track for roughly 500 yards, even though it was a vital hit from a range of 75 yards. On all 3 deer, I noticed a complete lack of bullet expansion, which is the SST bullet's claim to fame. I was puzzled so I did some research.
It is of my opinion that this bullet, from factory, is simply coming out way too hot to allow reliable expansion, UNLESS you're shooting relatively long distances(for the average hunter, anyway) of 200 yards or more. If you're in an area where you're not shooting further than 100 yards, I think that when the bullet reaches the animal it has way too much steam behind it to allow for solid expansion, and as a result on all 3 deer, I saw through and through penetration, with no signs of expansion on each exit wound. Now, I could be wrong about this but the evidence seems to suggest I am not. Hornady claims 3000 muzzle velocity from this round, and it's still traveling roughly 2800 fps at 100 yards. Most other factory hunting ammo is not nearly reaching those velocities.
On the deer we tracked 500 yards, there was VERY LITTLE blood trail, and I think we were also graced with some luck in even finding it(Also remember, the deer was hit in the vitals). To me, that's leaves a lot of room for doubt. The other 2 deer were both hit perfectly, destroying the heart and lungs and went down within 20 yards of where they were hit, but that's the case with any bullet with that shot placement.
Now, I'll try to wrap this up. We're going to try the SST's again next year, but with hand-loads. Our current load data that is shooting well out of our guns is getting about 2700FPS@Muzzle. I could be wrong, but I think we're going to see a massive improvement in bullet performance at those speeds, due to the close distances we're forced to shoot at. I'd gladly trade complete pass-throughs for the dramatic wound channel you'd get with full expansion, and I think we'll get it with slower speeds. I hope I'm not wrong.
For anyone thinking of using this product, and are in a situation like us where you're hunting very thick cover/terrain and don't have shots further than 100 yards, I suggest moving up to the 165Gr instead of 150 simply to buck some of the speed that Hornady's superformance propellant is delivering. Had these deer been hit at 200 yards, instead of 75-90 yards, I think the result would of been devastating. These bullets need a chance to slow down to get their peak terminal performance. Again, just my opinion.
Really wanted to give this 5 stars. I think the bullet itself is worthy of it, it shoots fantastic. Highly accurate for a hunting round, great B/C. Shot 1" groups @ 100 out of our guns. That's why I gave it at least 3 stars, BUT when it comes to hunting, performance on impact is everything.
December 5, 2014
Superformance for sure
One bullet dropped a bull elk in Colorado in his tracks.Blew right through a wild hog leaving a huge hole in its shoulder.These are excellent bullets,shoot great patterns with my Tika 30-06.
November 26, 2014
Very good ammo
Pulling off 600 yrd shots with factory ammo! Not bad at all!
November 20, 2014
I have downed 3 elk since I started using Hornady SST Ammo. I shoot a Ruger M77 7mm Rem Mag. The ammo is 162 grain. I only started using the ammo 4 years ago. The first elk was a 225 yrd shot, one round it took 3 steps then dropped. The next elk was a 460 yrd shot across a drainage. I heard the bullet strike the elk and it looked to the sky and dropped where it was hit, also one round. The last elk I took was a 340 yrd shot, it staggered when it was hit and then stood there in shock for about 10 seconds and then fell where it stood, another one round hit. This ammo is devastating, the terminal ballistics puts a shock that completely stops the animal in it's tracks. BPS needs to stock this ammo regularly, especially in my caliber and weight. I recommend zeroing your weapon at 200 yrds, I did and like I stated this ammo is deadly accurate. The year I didn't get an elk was because I didn't see an elk.
October 17, 2014