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Hornady SST in an SKS?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dean1818, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Well-Known Member

    Has anyone used an SST in an SKS for hunting deer or pigs?

  2. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Well-Known Member


  3. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Well-Known Member

    Most of my playing with the 7.62x39 predates the SST's. Given that the lightest SST in 0.308" are 150gr, I doubt that many have bothered to try. IMO, a 150gr SST @ 2,000fps is at the lower range of where they will expand and past ~100yds would be doubtful if it would offer any improvement over the standard 123-125gr bullets available for the 7.62x39.

    I shot a lot of Nosler 125gr Ballistic Tips through the SKS's I had and they shot well. Never used one on deer however. I did use the Hornady 123gr .310" Soft Points. It performed well, though it did shed the jacket. It was adequate for the ~100lb doe I shot, though would have been marginal for a 300lb pig.

    For any use I'd ever have for a SKS, a Marlin Mod.336 in .30/30 is far superior. I sold my last SKS over 10yrs ago and will likely not ever own another.
  4. broken6r

    broken6r Active Member

    Dropped a whitetail 4 or 5 years ago with the brown bear hollow points. 1 round through the chest quite literally liquefied the heart/liver/lungs. It got in there, and just exploded. However, had it had the shoulder plate it pry would have been a much different outcome. Plain jane soft points work well too, and aren't quite as explosive

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