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Old 08-08-2014, 09:31 AM
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Anyone have experience on white tail deer hunting using Hornady 308 Win. reduced recoil ammo .... 125 gr. SST bullet? Looking into possibly setting up a kid for deer ... 100 yard max.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:59 AM
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I had two bad experiences with the SST one year on deer and elk and immediately went to their Interlock to handload for my .243 Sako, a 25-06 Ruger, and 3 30-06s. When I use the 30-06s for elk I go up to their Interbiond that shoots to the same POI as the Interlocks, thus not requiring rezeroing any scopes. I have been very impressed with them and will use them the rest of my hunting days. If I were you, I would get that Hornady Custom Lite ammo in their round nose Interlock that they are now making, rather than the SST, especially for a kid shooting a max of 100 yards like you mentioned.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:30 PM
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In general, I have had good luck with the SST, but I will say that those experiences probably aren't relevant for the caliber/charge consideration we're talking about here.

Based on my experiences with the SST, I'm not sure that a "light for caliber" SST at relatively low velocity would be my first choice. It's a great deer hunting bullet in 'standard for caliber' weights, and at 'traditional' or 'magnum' velocities (i.e. 30-06 150grn or 165grn, trucking somewhere around 2900fps from the muzzle), but if you're looking at a youth or compact 20" .308win rifle, flying somewhere in the 2200-2300fps from the muzzle with a 125grn SST, I'm just not sure the expansion and penetration are going to be what you want.

I WOULD be confident, that at 100yrds, a well placed 125grn SST will kill deer, even leaving the muzzle at a relatively low velocity, but I'd have to think about it more to decide whether it'd be my first choice or not.

If you go this route, please do report back on performance.
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Old 08-09-2014, 05:24 PM
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I used the Managed Recoil shells in my Bolt-Action 30-06 and really like them a lot,they were also 125 grain and was only 1/2-1 inch difference in point of impact in my regular bullets I was using plus less recoil in a larger caliber was nice!
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:55 AM
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Sorry no experience with managed recoil but what about one of the Allen or limbsaver recoil pads? They reduce felt recoil by half.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by GTOHunter View Post
I used the Managed Recoil shells in my Bolt-Action 30-06 and really like them a lot,they were also 125 grain and was only 1/2-1 inch difference in point of impact in my regular bullets I was using plus less recoil in a larger caliber was nice!
Why 125gr out of an 06? U sure thats right ?
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Old 08-11-2014, 02:10 AM
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Why 125gr out of an 06? U sure thats right ?
Lighter bullet = less recoil.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:54 AM
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ive shot the reduced load 06...definitely brought the felt recoil down, id say it felt like 7mm-08 round or comparable. No experience with how it does as far as terminal performance tho
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Old 08-11-2014, 07:57 AM
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Check out the remington managed recoil loads
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:53 AM
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I bought my son a Kimber Montanna in .308 the day after he was born,figuring he's be able to use it by the time he was 12 which used to be the min age to hunt in Pa.Several years ago,they approved a mentored hunt program so I bought him a .243 when he was 7.He's had good success with that rifle for the past two years but this past spring he kept pestering me to let him shoot the .308.I figured is would knock him on his rear as it weighs about 5.5lbs naked.I worked up a load with 125gr ballistic tips and 41gr of IMR3031 just to see how he's handle it.Accuracy was very good and he's shot 100 rds this summer so far with no issues.I just got done loading 125 accubonds with the same powder charge and that's what he'll be hunting with.I have little doubt it will perform well.
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