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Question by Stephen08. Uploaded on September 23, 2010
Both shoot well out of mine, and the deer haven't been able to tell the difference.
I've had better luck with the Ballistic Tips. I'd highly recommend them.
I've had good results with Ballistic tips on deer and they groop so good I'd hate to change.
I have been using Ballistic Tips in my 7 mag reloads ever since I started reloading. So far they are 100% deadly. In an earlier post where the question was 'best group', the 5/8 5-shot group I posted about was using 150g BT's. I have had such good results from them I never ventured much if any further in my 7 mag load development. WAM has me interested in Barnes' stuff, and I just got some of those to try. Have not loaded any of those yet or the Bergers either.
My wife's uncle swears by the Hornady SST's but I am leery of straying away from what has worked for me for 17+ years.
I have been using Hornady SST Lt/mag, in my 7mm/08
and my Rem M7.243, with 100% one shot stops for 10 years, do to the size of our deer,(160-200Lb+) in N~Fl
No SST experience but we've had good results with a 150 gr. Ballistic Tip out of a 10" .30 Herrett and 14" .30-30 in the Contender, and are going to be trying a 150 gr. B/T out of a 7mm Remington mag this fall.
I have used both on deer with good success. 150 gr. .308 Win. They both provide excellent groups and kill effectively. SST is interlock and a great deer bullet. I now use mostly the SST because they are less expensive when reloading and perform as good as the Ballistic Tip.
If your rifle will shoot the Barnes TSX, that's the real deal. However, my .30-06 and .257 Roberts shoots Ballistic Tips into less than MOGA (minute of gnat's axx). I will admit that I have never shot a deer with BT's. I do not like the concept of a fragmenting Berger bullet with poor penetration on larger game. SST's, BTs, and the like will seldom punch through larger game like elk. They are great on deer. I gave up on Hornady factory loads as did several of my friends, but that's another story.
Used to use Balistic Tips in all my rifles but changed to all Hornady bullets so as well the SST's. The SST's shoot extremely well in my firearms and do a fine job on deer. Of course the Balistics Tips did the same. Your choice you can't go wrong.
i realy like the nosler the best in my 30-06 but
my 25-06 seem to like the hornady sst and barns tsx but i still tyring differnt powder loads with the 115 grian nosler in my 25
over all i have had great results in the field with barns tsx
I reload both and have nothing bad to say about either, try both and pick the ones your rifle likes best .
I like the noslers. The SST seem as though they expand/fragment faster. just my opinion.
ive been loading the 162 grain .284 out of my 7 rem mag..and they work and shoot great...
sorry.left out the hornady..sst.part of my answer
Ive shot a few deer with Ballistic Tips and they all dropped just about where they stood. The bullets never went through even on broadside rib shots and I found the jacket of a 180 grain bullet under the hide on the entrance side. I don't know how they'd act if you hit a shoulder on the way in so I went to the Accubonds, but I haven't shot anything with them yet.
The Hornady SST's have the interlock ring in them and hold together a little better than the Nosler balistic tips. I have extremely pleased with the SST's that I have shot.
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