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rdsii64

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I recently went down the road of bulding an AR as a pure hunting rig. I built this rifle around the tried and true .308 winchester and a 20" barrel. Now comes bullet weight sellection. For those of you who hunt with 20 inch rifles, what your goto bullet weight. If it helps, my barrel is an 11 twist Rainier Arms Select with a JP brake. 
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I have a 20" black hole weaponry 308 barrel and use both 165 grain Barnes TSX and 165 grain hornady SST.

MY primary load is the SST. It works well on both hogs and deer. In fact, I recently watched my friend drop a doe at 426 yards with the SST. We were all impressed to say the least!! Also, the SST made quick work of a 344lb hog about a month ago.

Never tried and don't plan on trying any other bullets anytime soon. I use Lapua Palma brass and CFE223 powder with both bullets and both shoot close enough at 100 yards that I consider them one in the same.
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I hunt with a 20" armalite set up. I've shot a variety of loads through it and just recently got my hands on the new sierra TMK rounds. I have the 168gr. bullets and use IMR 4064 at 43.2gr which gives me about 2470 fps. I haven't reached out too far with this yet but can repeatedly hit the 500yd plate and shoots around 1 moa at 100. Did a basic ladder test with previous 168gr. rounds but not with the TMKs yet so i'll post that when I finally get it done.
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Today I just ordered 1000 155 hornady BTHP's with a cannelure. I plan to use these as practice rounds and the 150 grain triple shock to hunt with.
When My magnitosepeed gets here next week. I'll be able to get some hard data.
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Have you looked at the Cutting Edge bullets? They are spendy but very high quality. Best BC of any of the copper bullets.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/577606/cutting-edge-bullets-match-tactical-hunting-bullets-30-caliber-308-diameter-165-grain-very-low-drag-hollow-point-boat-tail-copper-lead-free-box-of-50?cm_vc=ProductFinding

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Here's a pic of a hornady 165 SST recovered from a large deer was shot at approx 275 - 300 yards last night on a management hunt. This bullet entered high between the shoulder without hitting the plate and traveled quartering in a lengthwise direction.



The bullet was found bulging out under the the hide lower to mid-abdomen on the opposite side some 24 inches away. I don't think much if any bone was actually struck by bullet.


Bullet had muzzle velocity well north of 2700 ft./sec.









At the widest point, recovered bullet measured .585" and it weighed 112 grains. Pretty darned good performance as the deer dropped instantly.
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Here's a pic of a hornady 165 SST recovered from a large deer was shot at approx 275 - 300 yards last night on a management hunt. This bullet entered high between the shoulder without hitting the plate and traveled quartering in a lengthwise direction. The bullet was found bulging out under the the hide lower to mid-abdomen on the opposite side some 24 inches away. I don't think much if any bone was actually struck by bullet. Bullet had muzzle velocity well north of 2700 ft./sec. At the widest point, recovered bullet measured .585" and it weighed 112 grains. Pretty darned good performance as the deer dropped instantly.
That is what you call GREAT BULLET PERFORMANCE. The problem is I live in California and we are mandated to hunt with unleaded ammo. Since unleaded is to expensive to practice with, I'm stuck with a practice bullet and a hunting bullet. If I could, the SST would be a fine choice for deer and pigs.
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Darn those commies. I'm sorry to hear this, but if you can practice with lead and have to hunt with copper? I believe the hornady GMX is specified in the hornady handbook as being a direct replacement for the SST. And would be suitable for practicing with essentially the same bullet that you want to hunt with? It might be worth a try?
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I may have miss read that. I'll go look in my hornady hand book to see if what I said above is correct. (Sorry, sometimes I want to read more into something than is actually there)

http://m.hornady.com/store/GMX-ammunition

However I have found that I get the same poi at 100 yards with the Barnes 165 TSX as I get with the 165 SST. So you could try that combo too. I'm using CFE223 and Lapua brass with both bullets.
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Maybe this is where I came up with what I said earlier?

http://reviews.cabelas.com/8815/216929/hornady-gmx-lead-free-rifle-bullets-per-50-reviews/reviews.htm


Edit: that headline from the reviews appears elsewhere online, but not in either of the two hornady handbooks I have. Must be for marketing?
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