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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
If you don't like core/jacket separations, the SST isn't really the bullet you want.
They are soft, they will expand significantly, even at low speeds, and often violently at higher speeds. They are a cup-and-core bullet...essentially their old Interlock bullet with a boattail and poly tip to act as an expansion initiator (and because poly tips sell bullets, lol). Thing is.....a boattail, all else being equal, will be more likely to spit out a core than a flatbase bullet (meaning same/equivalent construction...a bonded bullet is a different animal).
If you want a cup and core bullet with a bit more structural integrity, the 165gr Ballistic Tip from Nosler is going to be a smidge stronger, but if you want a mushroom every time and no chance of a structural break-down......you want a bonded bullet, a Partition/Swift A-Frame, or a monometal bullet (Barnes, Hornady GMX, Nosler eTip, etc).
It's hard to go wrong with a 165gr Partition in a 30-06, but the Accubond is no slouch, and Hornady is now making their excellent Interbond bullet after halting it for a time. I like the Interbond...it seems to expand a bit bigger than the Accubond, leave a great wound channel, and retains weight well.
I've used GMX's in a 30-06, and they worked ok, but I wasn't thrilled by the wound channels. My favorite for a 30-06 is a 165gr Partition....but that's just me. I run Partitions in almost everything anymore, lol.
Last edited by tdd; 06-22-2018 at 08:05 AM.