120 SST and the 270

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  1. Richard Teague

    Richard Teague New Member

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    First Hello everybody as this is my first post on this board. I really need a load that will either not exit or just exit as fragments. I have a HOA with a hog problem and I have to hunt them in the neighborhood. There are safe directions to shoot but I want as little to chance as possible. I ordered 200 SST's and want to know how fast I should push this bullet so that it generally doesn't exit. No shot will ever be over 75 yards, all hunting is at night which I am very good at. By reading many posts on this bullet most of the 6.8 rifles are getting less than the mid 2500 fps range and your results are good. If I push this bullet to say 2700 fps would the bullet still do it's job or am I pushing it too fast? Is there a perfect velocity range?
     
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    you may get a pass through the faster you move the bullet
     
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    "Generally" . . . the faster you push most bullets,including the .277" 120gr Hornady SST,the more and faster it will expand and less chance you will have of a pass thru.
    Out of a 270Win,push the 120gr SST as fast as possible,and put it square on the shoulder,and it most likely will not exit.
    I believe that a better choice would be a "varmint" bullet,with a nice open hollow point cavity,pushed as fast as possible. --- pruhdlr
     
  4. Richard Teague

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    Well after deer season some testing will have to be done. In fact before then some water filled milk jugs will be sacrificed!
     
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    Why not try a Barnes MPG bullet 90gr? I remember talking to a guy that used Sierra 90gr hollow points to stop pass thrus and ricochets. He pused them pretty fast as I remember.
     
  6. Richard Teague

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    I will eventually order some of the 90 gr. Sierra's. I just got two boxes of the 120 SST's and as they are designed for pretty low velocity use I figured a 10-15% increase in speed over the factory load speeds would get where I want to go. Hornady doesn't even list loads in the 270 with the 120 SST and gives a max velocity as 3000fps. Another bullet I can get around here easily is the 11o gr. Hornady HP "match" and also wonder if this bullet might work at somewhat elevated velocities.
     
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    I can hear ricochets sometimes when I miss with my 6.8 firing the 120gr SST's. My load measured at 2550 over my chronograph.
     
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    The far right bullet is a 120gr SST. it appears to have ricocheted off the ground. It then struck the pig I was shooting at and stuck in the her side. The pig was right about 300 yards when this happened. The round probably hit on a hard packed dirt road on the cattle ranch rather in the field.
     
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    I use the Hornady 120 SST in my 270AR at approx 2800 - 2850 ft./sec.

    Large hogs no pass through. Smaller hogs (50 lb) massive exit wounds.

    Very few of any size hog ever escaped being shot with this rifle.
     
  10. Richard Teague

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    Well then that's the speed I will push them, easy to reach with a 270. Bullets that ricochet tend not to go far as they lose their stability and usually shape.
     
  11. Richard Teague

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    So did some testing today. I loaded 42.5 grains of IMR 3031 under the 120 SST. This turned out to be very accurate in my 270, once I got it hitting 1/2 inch high at 100 yards I set up four gallon milk jugs full of water in front of the 100 yard target in line. Went back to the bench and let round number 6 center the first jug, it totally destroyed the first two and just made a hole through the third. I found the jacket and core lying between the third and fourth jug, together they weigh 60.3 grains and the jacket expanded to .580. I think a chunky feral hog will be more resistant than the gallon water jugs. My velocity should be around 2850 fps but I have no crony to prove it.
     

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