I have never used the 30-40 or the SST bullet's. But I have used Hornady's for a long long time, I like them!
The 30-40 works at low velocity and I don't see where the SST would offer you any advantage at all. At 2200fps, I'd be using the 180gr RN. Your not going to be getting that much range reguardless of the bullet and everybody I'v talked to over the years seem to think that at those slower velocities the RN bullet's open better and drive deeper. But if you want the SST, I'm sure it's gonna hold together and penetrate well enough. That said as a loyal Hornady user for many years.
Come to think of it, my first 7x57 was especially fond of 154 gr RN bullet's and if spitzer bullet's could have done a better job, you couldn't prove it to me. That was my only experience with RN bullet's. Matter of fact, that rifle wouldn't shoot 154 gr spire points worth a darn!
Thanks Don. I would rather shoot a RN but these SSTs shoot an honest 1.5 inch group at 100 yards. The best I have been able to do with the Speer RN is 2.5 inches. The other option I have is a 32 Special with 170g FN; shoots as well as the 30-40 but at 2100fps. I'm probably splitting hairs here and should just take the one I want to hunt with. Thanks again.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...