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What would you guy's say is the best Competion Bullet for any caliber?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Beak50, Jan 30, 2012.

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  1. Beak50

    Beak50 Member

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    I know everyone has their favorite's and every gun is different unto itself.But for accuracy and down right performance out of any particular rifle. I would like to get some info from more experienced shooter's.Since my Re-loading day's are just begining and all I've been using is Nosler Custom Competions so far.
     
  2. jmorris

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    It's just not that easy. Too many variables, even if the rifles were one after another on the assembly line they both might still prefer different loads to preform their best.
     
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    Out of the rounds that I have loaded and fired over the past 30 years, I'd say that you would have to look long and hard to beat the Sierra MatchKing.
     
  4. Smokey Joe

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    Both are right...

    Beak 50--Both the above posters are right. Each rifle is "a law unto itself," and you have to find what it "prefers."

    However, Sierra Match King users don't have more target-shooting awards than any other bullet users just by coincidence. Start with SMK's, try the various weights for your caliber, and THEN if the results aren't satisfying, try other bullets.

    BTW, your Nosler Custom Competitions aren't any slouch, either, at least the ones I've used. But in researching a new load for a new rifle, I normally start with the SMK's.
     
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    Hensley and Gibbs 45 185 out of their old 130 mold.
     
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    +1 on the Sierra Matchkings...also find that the Hornady A-Max bullets shoot just about as well and are 15-20% less in cost, depending on where you buy them.
     
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    +2 on Sierras. I've shot a lot of them over the years. If a gun won't group with them, I've typically found that the problem is a gun or load issue, not a bullet issue.

    W101
     
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    I'm in the Sierra MatchKing club but I also use Hornady Match bullets with good success too. (mostly Hornady 168gr BTHP .308" Match Bullets) I find the Hornady bullets to be right on the heals of the same weight and profile Sierra Match Bullets.

    BUT, like said above, there's nothing wrong with Nosler, Berger and a few other "name brand" bullets. As we all know every barre is different and you never know which bullet a barrel will like until you try them...
     
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    Beak50:

    There is no overall "best" gun, hunting caliber, competition bullet, or anything else in the shooting world.

    All of us guys [guys is plural; guy's is singular possessive] will have our personal favorites and our opinions, but discussions such as these will never determine what is "best" for you.
     
  11. kelbro

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    SMKs are always a good place to start. Hornadys shoot well for me too but seem to copper up the barrels more than the Sierras.
     
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    If the Nosler Custom Competition bullets are available in the caliber and bullet weight you want to try, they're certainly a great place to start. I've had good luck using the 69 and 77gr .224" bullets over 4-5 AR barrels for shooting NRA Highpower. As a bonus, they tend to be less expensive than the equivalent Sierras (but not "cheaper" in any way).

    As always though, Sierras Matchkings are good bullets, as are Hornady A-Maxs and their HPBTs. I know a few older competitors who refer to Hornady's as "Cracker Jack bullets, a surprise in every box". I suspect the number of awards to and legends about the Sierras comes from the fact that for a long time little else was available that was as consistent.

    And of course there is Berger, along with other smaller bullet makers.
     
  13. Steel Talon

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    SMK's are always my first "go-to" projectiles.
     
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    SMK, I have shot a .4in 5 shot group at a 100yds with my rem 700 in .308 with them
     
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    Depending on range, the bullet is one of the smallest factors in the equation (within reason IOW a crappy bullet won't get it done but the differences amongst the quality bullets is almost negligible). Go after the big factors first, the biggest being the shooter. Learn to read the wind and practice until your groups stop getting better. Then start chasing the small stuff.
     
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