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8mm Match bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Fatelvis, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    Has anyone loaded Sierras 200 grn BTHPM bullets for thier Mauser yet? If so, how did it do, and what was your load?
  2. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member


    Sierra only recently offered those match 8mm bullets on the U.S. market.

    However, they've been sold overseas for quite some time. Sierra also has a factory store at the plant, and sells factory "second" bullets. I stopped in and bought a bunch of the 8mm MatchKings years ago. I weight-sorted them, and used them to good effect in my 8mm FN-49 when it was my autorifle for non-sanctioned High Power matches.

    I ran XMR-4350 behind the heavyweight MatchKings. Didn't give up anything to the folks shooting .30-06 or .308!
  3. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    Almost forgot...

    When I get home to my own computer, I'll pull up the load data and post it. ;)
  4. Ray

    Ray Member


    I was jus getting ready to list a similar post concerning 8mm bullets.

    Can anyone recomend a source to buy 8mm bullets for plinking and match competition? I have done some searching and can only find the Sierras 200 grn BTHP. It seems like there must be a source for genaric 150 gr FMJ bullets.

  5. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    Gewehr, Can you get those factory seconds through the mail, or do you have to go to thier storefront? Im looking forward to your load info.
  6. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    Last I knew, storefront only.

    Sorry for the image size, I gotta learn to resize screen captures and keep them readable:

  7. Paul "Fitz" Jones

    Paul "Fitz" Jones Moderator - Emeritus

    Sierra bullet quality

    Back in the 1970's as a Boy Scout fund raiser I drove to the Sierra company and bought their mixed caliber rejects for a low per pound price. They were bullets from the setting up of their machines to get ready for a production run and some of the tips had a small thin protrusion of excess lead protruding from the nose.

    I sat the scouts around some long tables and placed a bunch of small boxes in front of them and had them sort similar diameter bullets together. Then I would gather each diameter sorted batch and have them sort again by tyoe of nose, type of base and similar lengths and they got pretty good at it and we bagged and labeled them by the hundreds to sell at our local swap meet and area gun shows. Some of our customers reported to me that they had won matches with them and when I reported this to the Sierra company they knew about customers winning with their rejects but wanted to keep it quiet and have customers buy their normal product line.

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