168g SpeerMatch vs 168g Sierra Matchking

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  1. nuvreaujason

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    Hello,
    I'm new to the forums so please tell me if do anything wrong. I just started reloading and looking at different bullets to use in my tikka .30-06. So far I've used only sierra matchking 168g bullets with 58g of H4350 to get a 5 shot group of .37 MOA at 100yds. Love the bullets, but they are a little more on the expensive side. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the 168g match speer bullets? Is the extra money for the Sierra's worth it?
     
  2. Ned Ludd

    Ned Ludd Gold $$ Contributor

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    The 168 SMK is a very fine bullet. It suffers from having a very steep 13 degree boattail angle, which creates some dynamic stability problems once you get past 500-600 yd. However, it was designed as a 300m competition bullet and it performed very well in that role. There are much better choices for 700 to 1000 yd shooting, anyhow.

    Frankly, if you consider the prices of some other bullet manufacturers, the Sierras are very reasonably priced. So it's all relative. Berger makes a very good 168 gr Hybrid design. Several other manufacturers also have 168 gr designs, none of which suffer from the steep boattail angle problem. However, you'd have to work up loads with them to determine whether any shoot as well in your hands as the SMKs. In any event, spending some time checking various vendors on the internet can sometimes save you some money if you buy in bulk during a sale. You can also use ammoseek to search for the lowest price (select the "Reloading" button, then any specifics for the bullet of choice):

    https://ammoseek.com/
     
  3. rfl42431

    rfl42431 Gold $$ Contributor

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    Since you have not yet tried any of the 168 Speer's, it may be wise to try some of them and determine whether the accuracy levels that you get from the Speer bullets is good enough to meet your requirements, without having to spend the extra money to use the Sierras. I used Sierras for many years in NRA High Power Competition and they won the vast majority of High Power Competitions for a long time.

    The type of shooting you'll be doing will have a significant impact on what bullet(s) you ultimately end up using. If you are going to get into serious competitive shooting (NRA High Power, F Class, Precision Rifle Shooting) you may end up buying bullets that are a good bit more expensive (and better) than the Speers or Sierras. Berger BUllets are also some that I have used in F Class, and they are excellent. Good luck in finding the right bullet for you. I'm sure there will be others who have additional input that you'll find useful.
     
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  4. Rsadams

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    In .308 I use the SMK only... If I run across the Speer I would try them... You never know what a rifle might like.....BUT there's plenty of boxes of bullets out there with the word match on them that are anything but match bullets.... Normally the true match grade come with the match grade price tag also...

    Match grade...lol
     
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  5. nuvreaujason

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    Thank you for the response! @ my local range, it only goes up to 600 yd. So I dont need anything to crazy.
     
  6. rewinder

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    The old saying in Racing is going fast cost money. How fast do want to go.
     
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