Super Shock Tip (SST) Bullets Explained

The Super Shock Tip or SST is a bullet style created by Hornady and is used in a variety of their rifle rounds.  All of the most common centerfire calibers from .243 to .308 are offered with the SST bullet.

This particular bullet is quite popular among reloaders because it’s a popular and high quality polymer tipped, expanding bullet that is extremely versatile. It can be used for everything from backyard shooting to varmint control to big game hunting and the boat-tail design makes it relatively easy for relaoders to work with.

Deer hunters have a pretty good sized group online dedicated to using these bullets and the Hornady lines that incorporate them because they are high velocity, ultra-flat trajectory, rapid expansion bullets that can take down large game like deer, moose and antelope quickly as long as they are placed properly.

Super Shock Tip FeaturesHornady SST Bullet

Ultra-Flat Trajectory – This bullet is very aerodynamic and forum goers agree, you can group shots at relatively “extreme” long range very well compared to round nose, hollow point and other “normal” style bullets and the rounds that use them.

Boat-Tail – A favorite among long range shooters, the boat-tail design gives less drag as it flies through the air and less “drop” at range. Snipers prefer boat-tailed bullets so that should give you a good feeling about them right away. If they are good enough for snipers, boat-tails MUST be better than your average chunk of flying lead.

Polymer Tip – The polymer tip style bullet gives you a similar controlled expansion effect as a hollow point but with the aerodynamic profile of a pointed tip. This doesn’t mean a whole lot at short range but at extreme distances, the accuracy can really be noticed. The size, shape, depth and polymer hardness also controls expansion giving it the perfect amount of penetration before the tip breaks up, fragments, or otherwise dissipates allowing the metal of the bullet to “mushroom” in a specific way. This uniform behavior is great as hunters know exactly what to expect.

Interlock Technology – Hornady’s Interlock design basically covers multiple aspects of the bullet design.  Some things this brings to the table are a tapered jacket, the tip/expansion properties, lead alloy core and high muzzle velocity.

Super Shock Tip Uses

Without a doubt any ammunition that features the SST from Hornady is a pure, high-quality hunting round. Any game hit with this will go down and go down right away unless the placement is poor or the animal is accidentally winged or nicked. The SST has been used on everything from varmints to moose and bear and performs extremely well when used on any animal at all. Due to the high velocity and this being rifle ammo, it’s probably not a good choice for home defense unless you’re defending a large area from post-apocalypse bandits or zombies or something of that ilk.

Overall, the Super Shock Tip is a great choice for hunters and it’s a pretty satisfying backyard shoot. It has that nice blend of penetration versus expansion combined with an intended long range with high accuracy making it simply a better than average bullet type no matter what ammo utilizes it and all its features.