New Sierra Tipped Matchking Bullets

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Sierra Bullets, world renown for producing some of the most accurate bullets that can be fired, has announced the addition of six new ballistically tipped MatchKing bullets to their wide offerings. Ballistic tipped, or polymer tipped, bullets are not a new concept, with the first versions arriving on the market over 30 years ago.  However, in the early years of availability standard metal tipped bullets were by far the most popular bullet selection.

The new Sierra ballistic tipped bullets are being marketed as “Six Tips to Better Accuracy”. Having some of the most accurate bullets available, that is a pretty bold statement. I’m sure many shooters will be testing that claim throughout 2015. Sierra has designated the bullets as TMK, for Tipped MatchKing, and the new ballistic tipped bullets add to the company’s .224 caliber (5.69mm) and .308 caliber (7.62mm) offerings:

New .224 Caliber Ballistic Tipped Bullets

  1. 69gr TMK, with a B.C. of .375 (for 7-10 inch twist rate barrels)
  2. 77gr TMK, with a B.C. of .420 (for 7-8 inch twist rate barrels)
The Sierra TMK 69gr .224 Caliber Bullet

The Sierra TMK 69gr .224 Caliber Bullet

Sierra TMK  77gr .224 Caliber Bullet.

Sierra TMK 77gr .224 Caliber Bullet.

New .308 Caliber Ballistic Tipped Bullets

  1. 125gr TMK, with a B.C. of 343
  2. 155gr TMK, with a B.C. of .519
  3. 168gr TMK, with a B.C. of .535
  4. 175gr TMK, with a B.C. of .545
The Sierra TMK 125gr. .308 caliber bullet.

The Sierra TMK 125gr. .308 Caliber Bullet.

The Sierra TMK 155gr .308 Caliber Bullet.

The Sierra TMK 155gr .308 Caliber Bullet.

The Sierra TMK 168gr .308 Caliber Bullet.

The Sierra TMK 168gr .308 Caliber Bullet.

The Sierra TMK 175gr .308 Caliber Bullet.

The Sierra TMK 175gr .308 Caliber Bullet.

In the last 5-6 years more and more ballistic tipped bullets have started arriving on the shooting market. With new advancements in CCC manufacturing, and the constant pursuit of the ideal ogive curve, manufacturers began to see a simple way to improve both trajectory and terminal ballistics of some of their most popular bullet offerings, with the inclusion of a polymer tip. The polymer tip is sturdy enough to maintain shape during flight, but soft enough to assist with greater bullet expansion upon impact.

The Sierra 168gr .308 boat tail hollow point bullet has been considered by many in the military, law enforcement, and competition shooting world to be the standard when it comes to long range rifle precision bullets. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the majority of American law enforcement snipers, still use this bullet in the form of the Federal Gold Medal Match series.

I have used ballistic tipped bullets in hunting and target shooting, and have found their accuracy to be outstanding and the terminal ballistics on whitetail deer to be amazing.



Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at BlueSheepDog.com.


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  • ManBear

    Love Sierra components! I’ve used the blitz and gameking in .243 and had awesome luck with both

  • joe

    N00b question. Why .224/5.69? Do these get squeezed down to 5.56 in the barrel when fired? Is this better for accuracy? Are they safe to run in a 5.56 gun?

    • Sadler

      .224″ is the diameter of the bullets used in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem.

    • Marc

      5.56 mm is the diameter of the barrel across the lands, not the diameter of the bullet.

  • John Yossarian

    This is great. Match Kings are already top-of-the-line. I hope Sierra extends these into the other calibers (7mm for me).

  • A BC of .535 seems really high off the top of my head for my beloved 168gr SMK bullets. I’ve never used the polymer tipped rounds before but improving to .535 from my current 168gr SMK of .447 would be awesome.

    • Aaron E

      Jesse I would believe it. Sierra has done some amazing things in bullet development and they’re not about to risk their reputation by false facts.

      • The Brigadier

        I agree. I only use Sierra bullets for my reloads.

  • Axel

    That 155 gr bullet with a BC above .5 in a bullet that light is really cool.

  • These are the highest BCs that I can find in these bullet weights.
    Hope they are accurate.

  • Michael Guerin

    My understanding is that ballistic tips were a reincarnation of the Remington Bronze Point and the Imperial Sabre bullets, which in themselves were knockoffs of the LT bullet designed by Leslie Taylor, Managing Director of Westley Richards, many moons ago.

  • Alex

    Any release date planned for these?