A friend loaded a couple of mags and gave them to me. One was loaded with his hand loaded Sierra Match Kings he makes for me and the other with factory reloads with Nosler Competition bullets, both 168 grain hollow point boat tails. They shot the same, about 3 inches at 200 yards with iron sights from an M1A rested on a bag. Both shot under an inch at 100 yards scoped from his Savage, the factory stuff kicked a little less in the Savage, but hit a quarter inch lower. Both clover leafed their group. Has anyone else compared these two bullets for accuracy? I am starting to wonder if I have been overpaying going for Sierras all these years. The factory ammo was purchased from CMP and is reloaded. It cost the same round per round for me to reload, but I got an ammo can and all the brass when I was done plus more free time to do other things. The brass was GI and VERY clean. It almost looked new other than very small marks. It still looked better than Dave's brass he reloaded. I hate prepping cases and pulling that lever with arthritis. My knuckles burn when I go to shoot if I do it within a day or two. I prefer buying from CMP and supporting gun rights over buying components at some big chain store. I am going to get one of the 308 Garands CMP is selling. Anyone have one of these CMP Special rifles or ammo input?
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May 11, 2012, 03:37 PM
I've been transitioning away from handloading. I don't shoot volume and factory ammo has gotten incredibly good. Some of it even produces velocity I can't attain with handloads. For a situation like you've found where handloads and factory are the same price and shoot the same, I'd buy the factory loads.
May 11, 2012, 04:00 PM
You don't work for Atomic do you? :)
Assuming you are already equipped to load, I don't get how it could cost you the same to reload unless you only load new brass every time:
$57 per hundred v. $93.50 per hundred with Atomic .308
That is $36.50 per hundred difference. Adds up if you shoot several hundred or more per month.
Price comes down to about $42 per hundred (a $51.50 difference per hundred) if a switch to Hornady 150 grain FMJBTs is made.
I am with you though that I would rather shoot than load. I only load so I can shoot more, and so that I can have the exact same load every time. if I was wealthy I would just shoot factory ammo. And CMP is certainly a worthy place to spend one's money.
May 11, 2012, 06:24 PM
Hey, if it works for you, go for it. I don't necessarily reload to save money. I reload so that I can tailor my ammunition.
May 11, 2012, 06:28 PM
I'll only comment on the Sierra MatchKings versus the Nosler Custom Competitions: Yes, you have been overpaying for that accuracy all these years! :p
(Shh... Don't let the secret out. I like the fact that the Noslers remain "undiscovered" so far.")