Best 52 grain match bullet

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  1. urbanrifleman

    urbanrifleman Gold $$ Contributor

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    What is the best 52 match bullet?
     
  2. B23

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    Don't know if it's the best or not, but the 52gr A-max has always shot extremely well for me but unfortunately they don't make that bullet anymore but instead Hornady has their new 52gr ELD-M and I suspect it is very possibly the same bullet, just with their new heat shield tip and if that is the only difference they should shoot extremely well too.
     
  3. Texas10

    Texas10 Gold $$ Contributor

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    The five best 52 gr Match bullets are the ones that all went through the same hole, during a competition of course..LOL

    I like the Sierra 52 gr HP. Also the 53 HP that has a flat base, p/n 1400. Both shoot small groups, but as always, YMMV.
     
  4. urbanrifleman

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    I am almost out of my Fowlers.
     
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    Absolutely agree! I don't shoot many of those because they tended to shoot right through coyotes without opening up so I didn't even think of them when I posted earlier, but you're spot on, the Sierra MK 52's and 53's always seem to shoot exceptionally well and they are tough as he11 and can be spun or driven about as fast as you want without blowing up.
     
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    Cheeks or Barts are hard to bet
     
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  7. urbanrifleman

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    Never shot either of those.
     
  8. swadiver

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    Berger Match FB
     
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    Shilen barreled Savage action .223. LT-32 with the 52gr Berger match bullets

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    Very cool responses. From my tests Berger are first, followed by Fowlers, then SMK, all quite good but the Berger is just crazy how consistent it is... Even better than that the old Fowler custom made bullet.

    I just bought 1500 SMK 52 on the classifieds for a cheap price, those are always good.
     
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    Im with TEXAS10) My 223 Savage shoots 52 Grain Sierrs Match bullets,behind H335 and will consistantly shooy under 1/4 " at 100.
    Not to bad for a factory rifle.Thats my story AND i'm sticken to it!
     
  12. JEFFPPC

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    I have also had good results with Sierra Match, but every 22 caliber rifle I own shoots best and most consistently with Barts 52 gr. Not including fast twist barrels. Cartridges included are .222 , .223, and 22BR.
     
  13. Dave Berg

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    The best I've ever shot are the 52 grain Watson flat base. When Ed Watson passed away Bart Sauter bought his equipment. It may take a while to get them but it's worth the wait IMHO.
     
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    That is what I am calling the Fowler 52. They are the Watsons, made by Fowler for a while (or maybe it is the other way around). Bart makes those?
     
  15. Dave Berg

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    Yes. They're on Bart's website but it's a bit screwed up with the 68gr 6MM and the 52gr 22 mixed up on the same page. I was quite impressed.

    The last thousand I ordered from Bart took about 6 months to get.
     
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    No sir. Not yet. Got some n133 though
     
  18. urbanrifleman

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    LT32 is just a great powder in 223a. And I am pretty sure there is only about .3 grains difference between LT32 and AA2015 if there is any difference at all. AA2015 is much easier to get and cheaper.
     
  19. 1911nut

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    The 52g Barts isn’t bad

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    @LarryMoore makes an excellent 53gr fb and bt bullet. In fact, all of his bullets have been excellent and he has the match reports to back them up...and a few world records, too!
     
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