Black Hills 77 grain Tipped MatchKing Precision 5.56mm Ammo

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Black Hills Ammunition released an improved version of their famous 77 grain long range precision 5.56mm round. The new version features a green color polymer ballistic tip Sierra boat-tail projectile calls the Tipped MatchKing (TMK). It’s the first ballistic tip bullet by Sierra bullet. Besides of the original Mk262 77 gr military load, Black Hills has been a long time user of the Sierra bullets in their ammo in various calibers.

 

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So what’s the difference between the new Black Hills 77 gr TMK comparing to original Mk262/77 gr SMK? The huge deal is that BC (Ballistic Coefficient) has jumped from 0.373 of to a whopping 0.420 with the new Sierra Tipped MatchKing projectile. While the original Mk262/77gr SMK’s BC is very close to that of the 147-150 gr 7.62x51mm’s ballistic performance, the new polymer tip bullet of Black Hills 77 gr TMK gives it the long range performance near the heavier 168 gr .308 caliber bullet.

 

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Black Hills’ three 77 grain (5 g) 5.56mm ammo. The Mk262 military load on the left. The 77gr SMK (Sierra MatchKing) in the middle is basically the commercial production of the Mk262. On the right is the new 77gr TMK with its green polymer ballistic tip.

All three 77gr Black Hills long range precision loads gave me the identical 100 yards accuracy of average 0.5-0.7 inch groups out of both of my testing rifles with 18-inch barrel. With my heavy barrel 16-in Canadian C8 SFW clone, the average accuracy is 1.36 inch at 100 yards. The C8 carbine has an ALG Defense milspec trigger and the ELCAN Specter OS 4x prism sight. It’s 1 MOA or better with my 3-gun style AR-15 built with the lightweight Rainier Arms 18-in polygonal rifling barrel and Geissele Super 3 Gun trigger.

Black Hills 77 gr TMK Muzzle Velocity:
14.5 inch barrel: 2589.4 FPS avg.
(Daniel Defense and BCM lightweight hammer forged chrome lined, carbine & mid-length gas system)
16 inch barrel: 2683.1 FPS avg.
(BCM C8 SFW heavy profile chrome lined barrel w/ Simon steel sleeve, carbine-length gas system)
18 inch barrel: 2687.5 FPS avg.
(Rainier Arms Select Medcon stainless polygonal rifling, mid-length gas system)
18 inch barrel: 2712.5 FPS avg.
(BCM Mk12 SPR heavy profile stainless steel, rifle-length gas system):

 

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My main testing rifle that I have used for testing the Black Hills 77 gr TMK. The upper is a Bravo Company Mk12 Mod 1 SPR with the KAC RAS free-float handguard and a Krieger stainless heavy barrel with 1-in-8 twist rate. The lower that I used has a Geissele SSA 2-stage trigger, a Magpul MOE+ pistol grip and a Vltor A5 EMOD collapsible stock. The support is provided by a Bobro Type 3 bipod and a Savvy Sniper precision rifle sling.

My secondary testing rifle has a Bravo Company Mk12 Mod 0 SPR upper with the PRI carbon fiber free-float handguard. It uses the same Krieger stainless steel heavy barrel but with the bare stainless finish. It actually has the lower receiver in the picture with a Iron Ridge Arms G2 single-stage combat trigger, the BCM Gunfighter pistol grip and B5 Systems’ Enhanced SOPMOD collapsible stock. The bipod that goes with the M12 Mod 0 is the Atlas V8 bipod and a Magpul MS4 Dual Quad Gen 2 sling.

 

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The optics that I used with both rifles are the Leupold Mk4 2.5-8x36mm, the current DMR scope of the US Marine Corps, and the Hi-Lux Leatherwood M40 3-9x40mm, which is a new reproduction of the Redfield scope used by the USMC for the DMR/sniper rifle role during the Vietnam War.

Why is that both of my testing rifles are the Mk12 SPR clones? Well, the Black Hills 77 gr round was originally specifically developed for the Mk12 SPRs in service with the US military.

 

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One of the benefit of the 77 gr Sierra OTM bullet used in the Mk262/77 gr SMK is that it lowered the fragmentation velocity. Therefore, it extended the terminal ballistic effectiveness of the 5.56mm caliber to a longer range. It’s a known fact that when firing standard 62 gr M855/SS109 round from the 14.5-in barrel of the M4 carbine, the fragmentation range is typically about 70-80 meters. Some of the US military units that have access to the Mk262 ammo are often using it in their M4 carbines to increase the fragmentation range to at least double that of the M855.

 

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Ballistic gel tests of the new Black Hills 77 gr TMK fired from the 14.5-in carbine barrel length shows that it starts the gel expansion and fragmentation at less than half of the penetration depth as the Mk262 fired from the longer 16-in barrel. According to Black Hills, the 77 gr TMK round will reliably fragments at 1900 fps velocity. Comparing that to the 2700 fps needed for the 62 gr M855 and the older but more popular 55 gr M193. Which translating to if you use the Black Hills 77 gr TMK with your M4 Carbine style 14.5-inch barrel on your weapon, the effective fragmentation range will be at least triple.

 

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I shot the Black Hills 77 gr TMK round out to 1000 yards on steel torso size target. Up to about 600 yards, there’s no noticeable difference between it and the Mk262/77 gr SMK. FYI, the Mk262 and the Mk12 SPR combination was developed by the US military for use as a small unit DMR with an effective combat range of 700 meters and 1 MOA accuracy.

Once passed 600 yards, I began to noticed the Black Hills 77 gr TMK is flatter shooting than the Mk262/77 gr SMK. At 1000 yards, the Mk262/ 77 gr SMK impacts almost a hashmark lower than the Black Hills 77 gr TMK when viewing through the Hi-Lux Leatherwood M40’s reticle. By using the Applied Ballistic App (courtesy of Sig Optics Media Event) on my smart phone, the Mk262 drops 51 inches lower than the Black Hills 77 gr TMK at 1000 yards, which was exactly what I was getting. My shots with the Mk262 was impacting at the foot of the target stand.

For the fun of it, I tried the Russian made Tula 75 gr steel case and Serbian made Prvi Partizan (PPU) 75 gr brass case 5.56mm rounds at 1000 yards with my Mk12 SPR. Both of those are being marketed as economical long range 5.56mm rounds. Discounting the accuracy, neither weren’t remotely close to the Black Hills, the PPU 75 gr landed far shorter at just pasting the 2nd hashmark in the M40’s reticle. The steel case Tula 75 gr was even worst with rounds impacting almost to the 3rd hashmark. Noted that the 3rd hashmark in the M40 reticle has twice the distance to the crosshair center as both the 1st and 2nd hashmark combined. It was very obviously that both have lower velocity and much lower BC than the Black Hills. Comparing to the sub-MOA accurate Black Hills, the PPU is at best a 2 MOA ammo and the Tula steel case is probably a 3-4 MOA round.

The new Black Hills 77 grain TMK is expensive but it is both a great long range precision 5.56mm round and a highly effective ammo to use with a short barrel rifle due to its significantly lower fragmentation velocity.

 

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Writer and gear editor with articles published in major gun publications. A five year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps, Tim is also part of Point & Shoot Media Works, a producer of photography, video and web media for the firearms and shooting sport industry. Tim’s direct contact: Tyan.TFB -at- gmail.com


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  • Nicks87

    Very nice. Cant wait to get my hands on some of this ammo and get out to the range with it. Black hills ammo is made in my home state so I don’t mind paying a premium for their ammo since it supports the local economy. I just wish they could produce more at the same level of quality because I know BH ammo is hard to find outside of SoDak.

    • Dan

      Dang another one from SoDak, did not think there was that many of us here.

  • D_grey

    Good post.

    • John Yossarian

      Lucky! I don’t see anything like that 🙁

    • Anon

      Damn, I guess I was too late. Reminder to keep separate folders or something.

  • Vitsaus

    Hopefully there will be some of this around. I’ve been sticking to 68gr and up for a while.

  • john

    >ballistic coefficient of 0.420

    • Timothy G. Yan

      Kool story bro! Maybe you should get some and shoot it out to distance like I did.

      • john

        can’t, live in England and am poor.

  • Zachary marrs

    It has a green tip?

    50% more deadly

    • Kivaari

      Ballistic tips improve accuracy and since the hole in the nose is bigger, I suspect it would perform better. The early Ballistic Tip bullets in “hunting calibers” ruined a lot of deer and elk meat.

  • Darryl

    I’m a little confused, when Shootingthebull410 does his reviews he always talks about a bullet having 12″-18″ of penetration. Why would this be different?

    • The 12″-18″ spec is for pistol ammunition. Due to the increased velocity and energy of centerfire rifle calibers (1,000-3,000ft/lbs) combined with the ability of the projectile to fragment and/or tumble, the 12″ minimum is far less relevant.

  • Vitor Roma

    That was a big jump in the BC, specially considering that the previous bullet was among the very best. Let me say start a shitstorm and say that this new bullet is the 6.8SPC killer.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      Mmmm….not sure I could called the 6.8 SPC a long distance round. It drops like a rock once passed 450m or so. It needs a fancy ballistic tip lightweight bullet to match the BC of 77gr SMK and other 75gr FMJ in 5.56mm. Terminal ballistic on the other hand, 6.8 SPC beats any 5.56mm round at any range.

        • Tassiebush

          I think that article may have held the TFB record for number of comments? A passionate subject for some it seems! 🙂

          • For whatever reason, Disqus deletes comments or something after an article has been up for a while. It reached a peak comment count of like 607, IIRC. A record? I dunno, but it did OK. 😉

      • Vitor Roma

        If you are comparing to 62gr M855 bullets, yeah, the 6.8 looks somewhat special, but clearly inferior to 77gr bullets after 400 yards. One can brag about being the better at short range, but if a bullet does fine at 600 yards like the Mk262 does, than it does even better at shorter ranges. Sometimes it sounds like the Mk262 and the 6.5 Grendel manages to have more energy at 600 yards than it does at 200 by the way the 6.8 apologists brags about the short range perfomance.

        And if the main point is short range punch out of a short barrel, the .300BLK does the job damn fine without sacrificing capacity or requiring a new bolt.

  • iksnilol

    #6.5x68MasterRace

    Just kidding, I can’t afford that. I can only afford #6.5x55MasterRace

    • Coctomus Prime

      #6.5x55SwedeMasterRace Indeed

      • Brett

        Anyone else think it’s a bad idea to have the same hashtag but with 8mmMauser or 7.92Kurz?

        • 8mm IS… Well, maybe, but DEFINITELY with 7.92 Kurz… 😐

  • tony

    Does Sierra sell these projectiles only for reloading?

    • Timothy G. Yan

      I believe Black Hills has the exclusive for 1 year but that should be up this month. However, don’t expect it will easy to find or cheap. The Black Hills 77gr TMK costs 15 cents per round more than the 77 gr SMK.

      • Tassiebush

        I was looking at some very long 77grain sierra projectiles yesterday and am now totally going to look at them again to see if it was this model. They are clearly awesome!

    • Andy B

      I just bought 300 the other day right off Sierra’s site.

  • CommonSense23

    Of all the colors to choose why associate with M855.

    • Timothy G. Yan

      Green is the Sierra bullet’s color. Just like red is Hornady,s and Nosler uses white on their ballistic tips.

    • Zachary marrs

      Increases lethality

  • Lance

    Not bad but for a true DMR: go with .308/7.62mm a M-14 EBR or M-110 beats any 5.56mm rifle any day in long range shooting.

    • CommonSense23

      Except the MK 14 EBR is outclassed by the MK12 all day long. Having a gun that loses zero if you look at it wrong doesn’t inspire confidence.

      • Esh325

        The 5.56×45 isn’t a very good sniping round anyways. “Beginning in mid-2011, SOCOM began divesting the Mk 12 SPR from their inventory and replacing it with the marksman version of the SCAR Mk 17. The Mk 12 is to be completely replaced by 2017.[6]”

        • CommonSense23

          Which was a absolute abortion of a idea. One considering we aren’t talking about a dedicated sniper platform, but a DMR type gun. The Mk12 was absolutely awesome for what it was, a gun that you could clear a building with and then set up a overwatch position with. And two, considering how much of a disaster the MK17 and 20 are, with the majority of Socom already fielding replacements for the weapons or looking for them.

          • Bill

            So why have specialized “long range” ammunition? Put that gelatin block at 600, 800, or a 1000 meters and see what kind of penetration you get. Then put your target behind a piece of drywall and see what happens. Then repeat with a 7.62.

            And if you can’t clear a building with a M1A or EBR, work out more.

          • CommonSense23

            I always love hearing the workout more part. Cause thats all that you need to do. Its not like I have another 100 pounds of gear on. I have cleared building with suppressed 48s cause I had to. Doesn’t make it a good idea. If you don’t understand the problems of the M14 family you should look them up. If I am planning to take 800 yard plus shots, I am bringing my MK13. If I am setting up a overwatch on top of a building, a MK12 is awesome, its got range, capacity, and low recoil which is awesome in the urban setting.

          • Bill

            Everybody has an excuse for why they can’t do something. What exactly is the weight differential between the two rifles? Yeah, you can’t carry as much ammo, but if you actually get hits, you won’t need as much anyway. Or you could ditch some snivel kit. You are right about that low recoil though – heavy guns shooting low-powered ammunition tend to have no recoil. Awesome.

            Now that we’ve addressed your inability to carry a rifle, how about addressing what’s going to happen to the gelatin block when you hit it with a 200 meter round at a thousand meters?

          • You know, Bill, the folks working on reducing the soldier’s load are worried about the weight of every item carried down to the gram.

            So my question for you is, why are you in favor of increasing the disability filing rate for US infantrymen?

          • BroDan

            Probably because he has no idea what he’s talking about…

          • Bill

            I’m talking about terminal foot-pounds of energy delivered by this round at 800 and a thousand meters, which has been neatly side- stepped. So what if it has a 52 inch drop and can get hits that far? If it’s carrying the energy of a .380, it’s really pretty pointless, isn’t it?

          • Relevant article.

            800 and 1,000 meters are crew-served weapons ranges, anyway. DMRs are used out to 500, tops.

          • Bill

            Then why did your writer shoot it out to a thousand yards? Poop and giggles? That’s fine, but don’t imply that it’s a thousand yard cartridge. All of us have shot at distances that were too far for the hardware and software, just to see if it could be done, but clear, concise writing and editing would identify the limitations of the cartridge.

          • CommonSense23

            Which can still kill someone, and definitely take them out of the fight.

          • Bill

            More likely leave a dent in AK magazine in a chest rig and maybe feel like getting hit with a fast-pitch softball.

          • CommonSense23

            I have seen kills at a thousand yards from 855, so its plenty lethal.

          • Esh325

            So can a .22 LR I bet.

          • Bill

            You know, Nathaniel, that this whole article is about a heavier bullet, so claiming that a slightly heavier bullet, and slightly heavier rifle, will somehow cause mass casualties is really freaking ironic. And yes, I’m familiar with what Natick and PEO Soldier are trying to do. I’m also aware that much time, money and effort is spent developing unique camo patterns for each branch, including one for the Navy that will hide grease spots at sea.

            We’d reduce the disability filing rate a lot more by making everyone leave their tubes of Skoal at home for the duration, if you are that concerned about soldier’s health. So, my question for you is, which is more important, carrying a more lethal and effective long arm, or reducing cancers of the face, mouth and esophagus?

          • Dunno who was claiming that a slightly heavier bullet and slightly heavier rifle will “cause mass casualties”, sounds like something that went on inside your head only; like how soldiers should just buck up and accept all the extra weight we should give them, and enjoy their 100% disability rating.

          • Bill

            You did: “You know, Bill, the folks working on reducing the soldier’s load are worried about the weight of every item carried down to the gram.

            So my question for you is, why are you in favor of increasing the disability filing rate for US infantry veterans?”

            The difference between a 14 pound EBR and a 12 pound SPR, and 300 rounds of 5.56 ammo and 200 rounds of 7.62 ammo is going to result in more disability filings? Study work-hardening and exercise physiology and get back to me on that. Read the Natick study on load carriage systems, and footwear, and there’s an article on stress fractures…..

            And for the record, the goal of a shooter of any sort is to get reliable hits with sufficient terminal effect. DMs and snipers have that same task. Where they differ is that a DM doesn’t have the scouting and intel gathering mission component nor the same level of fieldcraft training. But when it comes to pressing a trigger, the rifle, and the target, don’t care which title is used.

          • The soldier is already carrying too much, and you are on about “what’s a couple pounds”? It’s a couple pounds too much, is what it is, unless the extra capability is absolutely necessary.

            Which of course you think it is, because you buy the line about 7.62 being worlds more effective than 5.56 (which is often untrue) and because you think “when it comes to pressing a trigger, the rifle, and the target, don’t care which title is used.” Actually, yes, it does matter, because DMs engage targets at different ranges and have a different job than snipers.

          • Bill

            What’s more important for a shooter to carry than a rifle?

            Did you even read where I explained the difference between the role of a DM and a sniper? Crawling a meter every 5 minutes, if that, dragging all your stuff, in a ghillie, is less physically strenuous? Hauling that full-on heavy rifle, and I mean a HEAVY rifle, like a M24, Barrett or a Chey-Tac, not a scoped M14. And who said they don’t take “short” shots, if they can do so without compromising their position? And this is the age of the 9 pound M4, after guys get done hanging crap off off it, so don’t whine about an 11 pound Mk12

            DMs never need to penetrate cover?

            DMs carry a heavier load than the SAW hauler? Or the AG? Or the Corpsman?

            7.62 is less effective than 5.56? More energy is bad? More range is bad? Less influence from wind is bad? More ability to defeat cover and armor is bad?

          • Never said any of that, as you’re well aware. You’re just trying to obfuscate the problem.

          • Esh325

            For a DM/Sniper rifle/Machine gun cartridge gun the .308 is clearly better than the 5.56×45. If the 5.56×45 was adequate for DM roles there would be more 5.56×45 DM rifles than .308 rifles, but that simply isn’t case in the USA or with other armies that have a significant amount of combat experience. The weight of a .308 rifle sucks, but for a DM rifle it’s worth it.

          • Yeah, clearly better except for being twice as heavy, and except for when their terminal effects are indistinguishable.

          • Esh325

            Why don’t they issue 5.56×45 rifles then instead of .308 rifles? You’re trying to to tell me 0-1000 yards a 5.56×45 is everybody bit as lethal as a .308? That’s utter non sense.

          • They… Do? You’ve heard of the Mk. 12, right? And the SDM-R? And the SAM-R? And the SEAL Recon Rifle?

            I did not say that the 5.56mm was in every case as lethal as 7.62x51mm. I said that in many cases it was just as lethal. Ballistics is often random – using a larger caliber is no guarantee of reliable terminal effect, and especially in roles where effectiveness out only to 450 meters is needed, the 5.56mm DMR is still seeing a whole lot of use.

            I never did say the 5.56mm could be a universal cartridge. I’m think the idea of a universal cartridge is bean counter bullshit, frankly, and I don’t think any one round can properly fill all the roles that currently exist for small arms weapons systems, much less one loading.

            Arguing with you has shown that regardless of what I say, though, you’ll find an issue to take with it. I might as well type in Cyrillic transliterated Greek for all the good it will do me. You buy the line that a bigger caliber always and every day means more effectiveness, which has been sold over and over again by companies looking for a tent flap to stick their nose in. It has never been true that the larger calibers will always perform better, and in fact in many cases they routinely perform worse (compare the terminal effects of .30 M2 Ball and 5.56mm M193 below 200m).

            None of this matters to folks like you, who see a higher foot-pounds number at Range X and don’t think beyond that about how energy is expressed in the target and whether Range X is really all that relevant to the position being discussed. And when this is pointed out to you, somebody like Bill comes along and just outright says that anybody who carries a 5.56mm gun is just a wuss.

            All this defense just comes down to fetishizing the bigger caliber. It’s a bigger heavier rock that thumps the shoulder more, so Ogg thinks it must be better. Even General Julian Hatcher notes this in his book on the M1 rifle. It means your side won’t ever stop arguing, but it also means it won’t ever be relevant.

          • Esh325

            Yeah, they issued 5.56×45 rifles as a stop gap, and when they were able to get something better for the job as a marksman rifle, they started issuing MK17 which is going to replace the MK12 you mentioned. And those other 5.56×45 DM rifles will also probably be replaced. You’ll see many more .308 rifles for DM roles than 5.56×45 rifles in the US military and around the world. This is for a reason and isn’t a mistake or oversight. I’m not an advocate of big caliber rounds, I’m advocate of using the right tool for the job. And clearly using a 5.56×45 round for a marksman role is using an inferior tool compared to a .308 rifle.

          • Hahah, the Mk. 17 isn’t a DMR and the Mk. 20 (which was supposed to be) hasn’t been a smashing success.

            5.56 and 7.62 (not .308) rifles each have their strengths as DMRs, something I’ve covered exhaustively in this thread.

          • Esh325

            It isn’t? “. “Beginning in mid-2011, SOCOM began divesting the Mk 12 SPR from their inventory and replacing it with the MARKSMAN version of the SCAR Mk 17. The Mk 12 is to be completely replaced by 2017.[6]””

          • Good job copying Wikipedia. I bow to your scholarly prowess.

          • Esh325
          • Wikipedia says something similar. Back in reality, the Mk. 17 and Mk. 20 are only being used by special operations, and the roadmap for individual weapons in the regular army looks like this (note this comes straight from the PM of Individual Weapons for the Army, and is current as of May 2014):

            http://i.imgur.com/csLha8r.png

            Lookit that. You’ve got a 7.62mm semi-automatic as an element for sniper teams, but no mention of a 7.62mm DMR. It’s almost as if a 7.62mm DMR makes no sense, except to people who have fantasies about one-shotting hajjis with bigger bullets that are only people-obliterators in their imaginations.

            Stepping outside fantasies for a moment, the designated marksman has to function as a part of the squad, which means that as an element of the basic rifle squad he should use the exact same ammo as his comrades. And in practice he does, because he has an M4 like everyone else, but gets a fancy 4x optic* and maybe even special ammunition (though that’s now unnecessary with M855A1).

            Everybody on the internet seems to want the DM to be a sniper, making one-hit-kill shots at a kilometer, which gives an idea of just how gross a misunderstanding of what the designated marksman actually is supposed to be exists in the popular consciousness.

            *Note the Squad Common Optic’s description, reproduced below:

            Description:
            – Provide an improved capability to recognize and engage targets from 0 to 600m with the M4/M16, M249, and M240L
            – Variable magnification optic that combines the reflexive fire capability of the M68 Close Combat Optic (CCO) and offers greater resolution than the M150 Rifle
            Combat Optic (RCO) for increased recognition ranges

            Weird, no mention of the CSASS, or indeed any 7.62mm rifle. It’s almost as if the Army isn’t going to issue 7.62mm DMRs except when needed, you know, exactly like Common and I have been saying.

          • Bill

            Don’t bother, man – facts are irrelevant. One of my ballistics programs puts the terminal energy of a 69 grain 5.56 round at a 1000 yards at around 180 ft/lbs, and the M118 at 540ish, roughly the difference between a .380 and .357 mag at the muzzle. But it’s sooooo heavy to carry around. How did those guys ever win WWII or Korea while being drug down by the weight and bulk of a M1 Garand and those bandoliers of clips? They even fought street to street and room to room. It’s inconceivable.

          • If you’re a sniper shooting at a grand with an M110, great, I’m not going to recommend you carry a Mk. 12 just because it’s lighter.

            But for DMRs, sometimes the lighter firearm is better, especially when the ammunition is half the weight. Why? Because the DM isn’t just a precision marksman, he has to operate within the squad as well, as a standard rifleman. So it’s a benefit for him to use the same ammo, and for him to have the same volume of fire capability as his squadmates. That, and he doesn’t engage targets at those great distances under anything but extraordinary circumstances. So at 450 meters, if 5.56mm gets the job, why carry less ammo for more weight that isn’t compatible with the rest of your squad, unless you really, really need it? And sometimes you do, which is why we have 7.62mm DMRs. But, not always.

            All of this is readily apparent if you understand the differences in how DMRs and sniper rifles are employed.

            Acting as if any reduction in weight is a corresponding reduction in your manhood is petulant and unwanted.

          • Esh325

            If it’s so bad according to you then why are they buying more of them? I was talking about a DMR gun. The 5.56×45 isn’t good at that either. That’s why they want a ,308

      • Bill

        And your source for this information?

  • lifetimearearesident

    I am simply amazed at how much discussion focuses on ranges in excess of 200 yards. Based on the comments here, I am a terrible rifleman who has a much shorter range ability than most of you and my friends who hunt/shoot are also focused on much shorter ranges. I do live on the east coast so perhaps that has something to do with it.

    • Tassiebush

      I reckon most of us are far more mediocre over 200m than we’d like to admit. It’s definitely not the most appropriate round for long range hunting but there is something magical about the idea of stretching performance out of a .223 like the author has.

      • Timothy G. Yan

        I was told by a major importer of the steel case ammo that most of their clients are American shooters that shoot no more than 50 yards at a dirt berm. 100 yds is long range to them.

        • Tassiebush

          Yeah that actually makes a lot of sense! Just plinking and without spending time on paper using a rest they probably wouldn’t notice how limiting it is either. I’ve recently identified that cheap crappy ammo has been holding my own shooting back. This article’s timing is an incredibly convenient coincidence for me! I’ve very recently bought a .223 1in8″twist tikka (1moa guaranteed). I checked out my local gunshop (southernmost one in Australia) and it turns out the only .224 projectiles over 55grain in stock were 77grain Sierra TMK. I was pondering whether to get some and then happened to read this article so I’ve just bought a packet. Probably if something cheaper in a similar weight range was available I wouldn’t have but what the heck! Might as well have a load and rifle combo that’ll surpass my ability to shoot so I definitely know what my limits are rather than pondering whether there’s some rifle/scope fault that needs rectifying!
          That ballistic gel picture suggests these are worth trying on wallabies too despite it’s target projectile pedigree 🙂

          • Timothy G. Yan

            The TMK maybe a little expensive for general shooting. Not sure you have access to it in the Aussi-land but I have a recommendation for you: the new(-ish) Taiwanese-made WOLF (WPA) Gold brass case 55gr. Yes, I’m working on a review article on that and did a bunch of field tests already. Impressive stuff.

          • Tassiebush

            Thanks for that, it’s good to know! I have bought steel cased wolf ammo before so I’ll check in with the place I bought that from to see if that gold brass stuff is around.

          • Kivaari

            I bought some Walmart Perfecta ammo. I am getting under MOA in a Colt/BCM 16 inch hammer forged barrel upper, 1.5-5x24mm Leupold Mk4 and a SSA trigger. Without the trigger it was a 1.5 MOA rifle. I’d like to try this load in my HBAR.

    • Bodie

      There’s a guy in Southern OH who teaches a long range course. Will get you to 1,000 at the first level, and proficient by the end of the series. I don’t know what advertising rules are here, so I won’t specify. But I’ve been meaning to get up there to take it. I desperately want to learn how. There’s definitely a matter of skill, but without the know-how, you can’t just step up and do it. Plus, everywhere I end up PCSing to, I have a hard enough time finding an outdoor 100yd rifle range. This latest assignment has landed me in the land of indoor pistol ranges. Freaking sucks.

  • tts

    The cost will ‘fix’ that problem like a splash of ice water.

    The performance is impressive but the cost is so high its cheaper to shoot .30-06!