Alco bullets any test data out there?

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  1. STOMP442

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    My brother has just picked up a handful of alco 6.5 bullet offerings the 140, 147 and 160 weights. His BC numbers look incredible but I'm not sure I'm buying them. The 147 interests me the most and looking at running them in my 260AI and 6.5-06AI. Has Bryan Litz done any testing on these or anyone else out there have experience with them? Basically what I want to know if they offer an advantage over the Berger 140s. If not I'm more than happy to keep running the Bergers.
     
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    I think the first step would be to email the company and ask for details on how they determined their BCs. If they did not use a reliable technique for actually measuring them, I would be skeptical.

    A lot of boutique companies publish theoretical BCs rather than measured BCs, and these theoretical BCs tend to be way too high.

    You might ask for a money back guarantee of you measure the BC with a LabRadar and find it more than 5% below what they claim.
     
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    Well my brother has been the one in contact with them, and he was sent small samples of what he had left laying around. Im talking 10 or 12 of each bullet not really much to do any load work with. I am planning on loading the 140s to the same specs as my 140 Berger load in my .260 AI and see how they do. The local range has steel out to 700 meters so I will dial the same as I would for my Berger load and see how it all plays out.

    I was really hoping there was a bit of real world data out there but it seems hard to come by.
     
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    Got some loaded up and ready to hit the range this weekend. They sure look awesome, I hope they perform that way.

    140 Beregr VLD 140 Alco and 147 Alco

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    what are the tips made of?
     
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    They use mild steel and aluminum.
     
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    Jury is still out on these bullets. I was given another 15 140s from a guy on another forum and was able to get out and do a little load work with them. Range conditions were less than ideal but I shot three five shot groups at 200 yards and each was at least MOA or better. The last group I tried printed a nice 1" group for four shots with all horizontal due to the pretty stiff cross wind I'm sure but I did have one drop about 2" low in that group for some unknown reason. I'm sure with a little tuning these bullets will more than likely be excellent performers. I have 200 of the 147s ordered with more serious load development to come.
     
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    What other ALCO bullets have you tested? I am really interested in the 6.5 147gr.
     
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    Actually the 200.20X has a higher BC. So the 220 has a lower BC than the 200 Bergers. Point them and its an even bigger gap.
     
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    The 200.20x also has a higher BC than the 210VLD so what?
     
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    These bullets are an old Corbin design rebated boat tail with a tip, every few years someone thinks they've re invented the bullet and makes a few with ungodly BC's, their bubble gets popped and they move on. I've shot these and the steel tips suck, the aluminum shoot much better but you have to check that the tips are tight and won't rotate which is where some of the fliers come in, I've seen some lots that the dies was set to tight and the rebate die would create a sharp transition at the boat tail vs a smooth rounded transition as it should be. BC's are no where near close!!!
     

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