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Old 11-14-2021, 06:01 PM
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Default Hornady 180gr SST for Accuracy

Have any of you guys used the 180gr SST in vintage sniper at 600? I know there may be better bullets but I am interested in first hand experience with the bullet at 600 for points not for taking meat.
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Old 11-15-2021, 11:19 AM
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I have not shot them at 600, but I have loaded them for hunting use and shot them at 200 and 300. They are reasonably accurate. They would not be my first choice for paper punching, because of cost. However, if you have a supply, they are OK. Use a stiff charge of 4350 or RL-22.
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Old 11-15-2021, 11:46 AM
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I have a supply. After reading other forums guys are saying accuracy on the bullet is outstanding. Of course other guys say they are so so. I can play with them out to 400 but that is my limit until the Eastern games roll around to throw a few down range at 600. All my long soybean fields l have access to now have housing growth at the other ends
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Old 11-24-2021, 12:57 AM
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Just be carefull about loading SST's too long. Hornady bullets tend to have an odd shape that requires loading at very close to their recommended OAL or you can get into the lands. What's odd is they actually load their ammo at a longer OAL than their data recommends. Go figure. A moving target.

And, in realty, the powder and load you put behind any given accuracy prone bullet determines what the accuracy will be. The wrong combo and an SST could shoot as horrible as a pulled FMJ bullet.

Personally I don't load anything but Nosler 168 CC's for sniper matches. Great accuracy, lesser turret adjustments and good cross wind stability. They get a max+ Garand data load of IMR4064 behind them at 3.30 OAL.

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Old 11-24-2021, 09:12 AM
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Thanks Larry. I run168 CC's, Amax and ELD's mostly pushed with 4064, Varget or 4451. I am also getting to like N160. The SMK's do ok. The 150gr SST's shoot really well at 200 in the .30cal's and 140gr in the 6.5 Swedes. I was just seeing about Shooters experience out to 600 with the 180's

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Old 11-24-2021, 05:11 PM
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Just be carefull about loading SST's too long. Hornady bullets tend to have an odd shape that requires loading at very close to their recommended OAL or you can get into the lands.
Good point. The 180 SST loads to 3.220"
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Old 11-25-2021, 03:59 PM
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Is the 180's nose that much different from the 165's?
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