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    Hornady SST replacement

    So I have a 257 Weatherby shooting 117sst's at 3215 (avg) speed. The gun was build as a long range tool for a little project I am planning. However due to circumstances it has become my main deer gun.

    I have taken 4 deer and 3 foxes with it. Three of the deer had straight through wounds with little or no expansion (70-120 yds) and a golf all sized exit, one had the round blow up leaving a massive surface wound but little penetration. Of the foxes (120 -160yds) two were basically a sack of water and one again had the bullet blow up.

    My guess is the round is being driven to hard and the quarry being shot too close. I cannot justify continuing to use these at short range so - what would the forum recomend as a replacement weighing roughly the same but better for out to 160yds?

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    Sierra Game King or Pro Hunter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    Sierra Game King or Pro Hunter?
    +1 can't go wrong

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    Sierra prohunter or nosler accubond
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    .257 Weatherby Magnum

    Lots of info here. In general you can reduce meat damage by choosing a monometal bullet that expands but does not fragment. These generally need speed to get them to work. Something like the Barnes 100g TTSX would be worth a try. Alternatively download normal bullets to 25/06 or 257 Roberts velocities and you should be fine

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    117 interlock
    no brainer

    sst was designed to offer reliable expansion at extended distances and lower terminal velocities associated with 350-400 yd shots
    the marketing material initially highlited US antelope hunting as an example

    you have used them in the total opposite scenario

    i use interlocks in .270
    the sst is slightly more accurate but I simply won't use them on deer when I have shot them at as little as 40 yds

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    Try something bonded or monometal. So this means a scirrocco, accubond, interbond, aframe, or ttsx. I'd try a 100gr ttsx if I were you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    Sierra Game King or Pro Hunter?
    At 257 weatherby speeds?

    Get the heaviest 257 cal bullet you can find, and slow it down a bit.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Quote Originally Posted by turner.jc1 View Post
    Try something bonded or monometal. So this means a scirrocco, accubond, interbond, aframe, or ttsx. I'd try a 100gr ttsx if I were you.
    Or try this approach.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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