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23 Nov 2015
@ 07:44 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Many of you will have received the latest news letter from Sierra showing their latest TMK (plastic tipped Matchking) line. Upon observation it can be seen that the line up is already increasing and now boasts a 7mm 160gr (G1 average .600) bullet along with a nice 95gr .243 bullet (G1 average .480) that will hopefully go OK in 10 twist bores.

Recently I have been testing the 168gr .308 TMK on feral goats. This has been going well so far. I will keep testing this and other TMK bullets as the year progresses but so far, results are comparable to the A-Max as far as killing goes. All in all- very good results with extremely good BC's.

Note also that the TMK has a different ogive shape to the A-Max so if your rifle has proven a bit finicky with the A-Max A.K.A ELD, the TMK may be worth testing.

I also recently retested the latest Russian .223 hollow point ammunition. In the past, I have found this ammo to be very good in that the steel bullet (copper coated) tends to fold at the ogive, causing the bullet to tumble. The net result is a wide wound combined with relatively deep penetration as a result of high bullet weight retention. But this time around I found the ammo to be immensely cruel / slow killing. The first shot adrenalized the animal while consecutive shots failed to cause fast bleeding. Shot placement made no difference as far as shoulder bones versus ribs went.

As a future test, I will try to weaken the tips of the Russian ammo that I have here, then shoot dead animals to avoid any further risk of cruelty. For now, please be weary of any Russian steel jacket ammo (soft or HP). This batch shows just how easy it is to get the temper of a steel jacket wrong.

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23 Nov 2015
@ 08:20 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: New bullets
Further notes:

The 168gr .308 TMK is a very long bullet and it is wise to start a few grains lower than any pre-established loads you may have developed with other 168gr bullets. 2206H / H4895 is perhaps the ultimate powder choice in order to prevent powder compression while also achieving excellent accuracy and high velocity.

In rifles with SAAMI spec chambers (facory rifles) and magazine lengths of 2.834", set your OAL at 2.814 (20 thou mag clearance) for initial testing. Check that the magazine feeds smoothly, then commence test shooting.

Sierra state that their match bullets are not suitable for hunting yet many people do hunt with the original SMK bullets at extended ranges. Sierra would be the first to admit that results with the SMK can be very cruel due to narrow wounding at low impact velocities. The new TMK is a much better option based our current research.
23 Nov 2015
@ 08:37 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: New bullets
I hope they have produced an equal or better Amax as it will be great to have a second option when stocks are hard find!!!

On a side note, after your recommendation the 168gr Amax has worked without fuss in every 30cal l have loaded it for and is now my "go to" rifle testing/proving & training pill, they just work. Not overly sensitive to jump or velocity in some very different brand rifle/cal combo's.

23 Nov 2015
@ 08:59 pm (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: New bullets
Hi Martin
I bought 2000 168gn 30 cal Zombie Max when Cleavers had them on special, so glad I did. But now I have heaps of different 30 cal pills I'll never use.
Bob
23 Nov 2015
@ 09:38 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: New bullets
Me to Bob!
Nathan put me onto them after discussing it with you, great little pill. We are already 600 down so better start thinking about getting some more soon........ Their on special again, just not so cheap now!
24 Nov 2015
@ 06:04 pm (GMT)

David Gausepohl

Re: New bullets
ELD/ELD-X

Has anyone tested the new Hornady ELD or ELD-X (match) bullets? They rate them with a higher B.C. because the tip doesn't deform due to in-flight heat. I've inquired of Hornady if the construction is the same as the current A-Max but have not had a reply yet.
24 Nov 2015
@ 06:12 pm (GMT)

David Gausepohl

Re: New bullets
Quote:
ELD/ELD-X

Has anyone tested the new Hornady ELD or ELD-X (match) bullets? They rate them with a higher B.C. because the tip doesn't deform due to in-flight heat. I've inquired of Hornady if the construction is the same as the current A-Max but have not had a reply yet.


Sorry, I see the other thread on this. I misquoted the Hornady info, the X version being the hunting bullet and the match version IS the A-Max with the new tip. I'll let you know about anything new I hear from Hornady.
David
24 Nov 2015
@ 08:15 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: New bullets
I just changed the heading on that ELD thread, should make it easier for folk to find.
25 Nov 2015
@ 12:14 am (GMT)

Alvaro Piqueras Alonso-Lamberti

Re: New bullets
Sierra has just relased a MatchKing VLD 7mm bullet. It is a target HPBT weighting 183 grains. BC is outstanding, meplats pointed from the factory.

Will be great to have a tipped version of this bullet.

https://www.sierrabullets.com/store/product.cfm/sn/1983/284-dia-183-gr-HPBT
 

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