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Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: North central,Pa.-but not home !
WHAT BULLET BRAND WORKS FOR YOU?
Over many decades of hand loading i have used many different brands of bullets. I have loaded for 22 caliper,6mm and mostly 30 caliper rounds.
The 30's being my favorite,because my first rifle was an 03-a3 Army surplus rifle and my family all had 30's.
I have loaded Remington,Winchester,Speer,Sierra and Hornady brands! I even load and shoot cast lead bullets i make my self.
I've put together rounds with Round nose bullets,Boat tails and flat base ones! Between the boat tails and the flat base bullets i can see very little difference in their performance.
Over the years my favorite has become the Sierra flat base in the 150 or 165 grain SP in my 308 or 30-06.These just seem like i can get them to fly better than other brands of bullets? I am sure that every brand of bullet is a clone of the ones put into each box be it Hornady,Winchester Speer or Sierra?
In the 1980s, i bought Reminton brand and liked them .for the price.Shot well and took animals down quite well. As the decades moved along,i started to loose faith in them? I had a hard time getting them hold groups of say 1 or 2 inches. There was always a few that went way out of the grouping,a lot,like 5 inches! I would check my powder,my brass and primers my dies and my technique! All seemed the same? One day i opened a box of 165 grain Rems and happened to look at them. The bottoms of some of them were not flat or had a ring or ridge around it.Then i weighted them and measured a bunch of them. I came up with a bunch of different weights and different over all length of the slugs.I was having trouble with my 243 Win also,but even worse groups? I popped open a new box of 6mm-100 gr. and they were even worse than the 30 cals.
My use of Remington bullets came to end that day! I never used many Speers,but i would venture to say they are a good bullet company,even though i had heard they had had problems years back? Hornady's are good but i don't like the canalure on them. So i have just stayed with the Sierra company.
I have not used Barnes solid copper bullets. I don't load my rounds fast enough to open them up?
As to Nosler,they are good but ,IMHO,are too destructive!