Mk 262 Mod 1 77gr. SMK's


November 30, 2006, 11:38 AM
Last weekend I went to the gunshow that was down in Springdale. More often than not, around here there are very few loading components at these shows. I was pleasantly suprised to find a couple of tables that was nothing but reloading components. I was looking at some of his .224 bullets that he had. I saw some that were of intrest but there was no label other than 77gr. Since the only bullet I have ever launched down my AR-15 is the SMK I was perplexed to find a bullet on his tables that appeared at a glance to be an SMK but yet at only 8 dollars a 100. My mind told myself that price can't be right if they are SMK's. I ask the gentleman what brand of bullets these were and he said Serria. I thought I had hit payday. I picked up a handful and looked closer to find roughly half of these had a cannalure. Again I was perplexed, then I remembered an article I had read that Serria was producing a 77gr. SMK with a cannalure for the military's MK 262 Mod 1 and I also remembered that these were not being sold to the general public but for the military only. I asked him how he was able to get these SMK's that had the cannalure since they were for the military only and why were they mixed in with regular SMK's and why were they so cheap. After a few moments of silence he admitted that they were seconds or as he called them floor sweepings and that he bought them direct from Serria at the factory. I thought what the heck for eight bucks I'll buy a 100. I got them home and looked them over real well I can't really tell that there is anything wrong with the plain SMK's but I can tell that there was some light and heavy cannalures along with a few that were double stamped showing two cannalures in the same spot. All in all not bad for less than half the price I figure it would be a decent practice bullet. I only wish now I had of bought more. What do you guys and gals think? Good find or waste of money? ( ( ( (

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November 30, 2006, 11:50 AM
Assuming they are actually Sierras, then yes, it's a good deal since 500 77gr SMK will cost more per bullet than you paid. Plus, the cannelured 77gr SMK is difficult to get.

I believe you can get the 77gr from Nosler with cannelure for $100 per 1000 direct. I bought 2000 for $207 shipped from Nosler without the cannelure last week.

November 30, 2006, 05:26 PM
Shoot a few groups with them and see how they perform. That will tell you whether you got a stellar or stinker of a deal!

November 30, 2006, 10:57 PM
I might have been tempted to give the gentleman a 20 spot and change for a few more than a 100! ;) Those should make a great practice bullet, cannulered or not.

I have a batch of those Noslers ocabj speaks of. I only ordered 1000 (and had to pay to ship 'em across the country!). I don't recall seeing the cannulered version offered.

For one, I can't figure out why everybody wants the cannulered bullets, but I suspect you made a great purchase with those SMKs.

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