Shooting Sports USA - March 2018 - 30
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Handloaders have long known that the
meplats (tips) of even match quality bullets
have tiny inconsistencies in overall length as
a result of drawing the jackets upward during
manufacture. This can cause inconsistent
seating depth, and also negatively affect the
bullet's flight. There have been a number of
tools on the market for trimming or "pointing"
these meplats, but the new and improved
6.5mm 150-grain HPBT MatchKing from
Sierra renders these tools unnecessary, as
it goes through a final "pointing" operation
to produce desirable, consistent meplats. A
further improvement is a 1.5-degree angle
where the bullet ogive meets the bearing
surface; this more closely matches the throat
angle of many match grade rifle chambers.
Sierra says the BC of this bullet above 1760 fps
is .713-most impressive.
There are other new MatchKing offerings
as well, in centerfire competition's favorite
calibers of .223 Rem., 6.5mm and .308. By
the numbers, those are a .224 inch 95-grain,
a 6.5mm Tipped MatchKing (TMK) and
200-grain and 230-grain .308 Win. bullets.
Prices vary per quantity and caliber, of
course. For example, a 100-count box of the
improved 6.5mm 150-grain MatchKings has
an MSRP of $52.
There's no reason why after 39 years of
offering competitors stuff we really need,
that Creedmoor Sports can't pretty things up
a bit while improving a basic product-the
shooting mat. Their new-for-2018 Bench and
Field Shooting Mat comes in colors perhaps
unexpected on a firing line, and unlike
traditional mats that roll up-this one folds
into a 1.5 inch-thick package measuring 17 x
15.5 inches. For our elbows, they've added an
apparently competition legal ½ inch layer of
foam padding in a 30 x 16 inches area covered
with non-slip rubber. The folding feature
makes the mat more amenable to supporting
Bench Resters' elbows in cushy fashion
too. And, its garden-hose washable to boot.
Available in 31 different colors and camo
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patterns from Alabama Red to Pink Cordura
to Burgundy Leather, we can expect the high
power shooting line to look rather like Mardi
Gras in the coming year. MSRP $70.