Found some older bullets


Steve H
December 29, 2012, 05:14 PM
I was out in my shop today and came across theses two boxes of bullets. Anybody have any idea on how old they might be? Boxes are still factory sealed but dirty.

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December 29, 2012, 06:03 PM
That's the same color(liter one)/packaging of my boxes from the 70' and 80's. But I don't think Sierra has changed there packaging.

December 29, 2012, 07:23 PM
I'd guess early to mid 80's. Pops still has some floating around his reloading area from that timeframe (I was a young tot and remember slamming my hand in a Rockchucker when he had been loading a few years) and remember handing him bullets out of those familiar boxes around then.

December 29, 2012, 07:27 PM
80's I find them every now and then at auctions from old time reloaded. A lot of times the older bullets are better than today's stuff.

Steve H
December 29, 2012, 07:28 PM
I want to think a bit older but I am probably wrong. The boxes being cardboard and no zip code nor UPC label made me think that.

David Wile
December 29, 2012, 08:05 PM
Hey Steve,

I think you are correct about them being older. I would think they look pretty much like what Sierra produced in the 1970s and maybe even the 1960s. I'm sure you know they should be perfectly fine to shoot. It says they are bench rest hollow points, and I would expect them to shoot real well even if they are not boat-tails.

If I remember correctly, these benchrest bullets were the predecessors to the Sierra MatchKings which came later in the late 1970s or 1980s. As far as I know, all MatchKing bullets are boat-tail hollowpoints. While some sources state that MatchKing bullets are not suited for hunting, I know quite a few folks who use them quite successfully for long range hunting of deer, elk, and even moose (not in .224 of course).

Unless they had some collector value which is more than the current price of Sierra MatchKing bullets, I would simply shoot them and enjoy the ride.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile

December 29, 2012, 09:05 PM
I have some of those boxes from late 60s early 70s.

December 29, 2012, 09:20 PM
these benchrest bulletsIt killed more coyotes and prairie dogs for me out of a custom Douglas barreled 98 Mauser 22-250 I built in the late 60's then you could haul home in a handicap short bus.
(Forgive me lord, and all the starving Pygmy's in Africa for saying that.)

THE load was 33.5 grains IMR-4895.

It would put 10 shots in the same ragged hole at 100 yards.
And it put coyotes on the ground DRT, as far as you could see them to shoot them.
Same with prairie dogs, except all that was left to show for it was a pink mist in the air.

That is one good bullet, I don't care how old they are!


December 29, 2012, 09:34 PM
I have some boxs with the metal edges from early 1980's. Some say Santa fe springs and Whittier if I'm not mistaken.

December 29, 2012, 09:52 PM
Pre-1980 I guess because I still have a couple Sierra boxes from the early 80-s and they are older than mine.

December 29, 2012, 11:51 PM
I'm guessing '60s

December 30, 2012, 12:53 AM
Those are from the old plant on Painter Blvd, in Santa Fe Springs. I toured the plant in 1978, and still have some of the sample steps they gave me at the time. You'll probably find 101 bullets in each box. They did that for years, just so you'd have a sample of the bullets after loading 100 of them.

Those boxes are probably from the 1960's.

Hope this helps.


Steve H
December 30, 2012, 09:07 AM
Thanks MUCH everybody. It's a real kick to come across some of the older stuff.

Sudden Impact
December 30, 2012, 12:52 PM
Looks like the boxes my dad had in his gunshop in the late '60's to mid '70's.

December 30, 2012, 04:24 PM
Everybody already answered it !

Good find !

I think everyone is digging trying to find good .223 bullets these days :)

I wish we all had your luck !

December 30, 2012, 04:37 PM
80's I find them every now and then at auctions from old time reloaded. A lot of times the older bullets are better than today's stuff.
Serrias have always been good :) I started reloading with them, and today I load more of them then all others combined. They are my go to bullets in any 30 cal, my 270s and the ONLY bullet that shoots good in my 7mm-08. Terminal performance has been nothing shy of superb with the Game Kings.

December 30, 2012, 05:44 PM
Those are from prior to 1978. I know because I started loading in that year and that box was not available. I would occasionally run into that box at out of the way gun shops. I'm guessing early 70's or 60's.

January 23, 2013, 12:49 PM
some older Sierra's

no big deal load em up

January 23, 2013, 07:15 PM
I bought two boxes of Sierra 7.35 Terni 125 grain bullets in 1970 or 1971 that were in the exact metal edge green boxes.

January 23, 2013, 07:22 PM
Cool. Here's an interesting site where you might be able to peg what they are worth etc..

January 23, 2013, 07:29 PM
I've got some of these bullets from my dads old stash, they are from the late 60's or early 70's.

January 26, 2013, 01:51 AM
Not sure how old they are, but I have 5 boxes or so of them in 7mm, I think 175gr. I got pretty cheap in a yardsale a few years back.

Michael Grace

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