New Sierra Bullet Offerings


Sierra Bullets recently introduced several new rifle bullets for handloaders. Here is a quick run down on them.

The first new rifle bullet from Sierra is a .243 caliber (6mm) Tipped MatchKing bullet. The Tipped MatchKing is a polymer-tipped version of the company’s highly acclaimed MatchKing line. It is designed for accuracy, not expansion, so it is better suited for accuracy competitions, and not ideal for hunting applications.

The new .243 caliber bullet has a weight of 95 grains and a stated ballistic coefficient of .500. The company states that this bullet is best used in guns with a barrel twist rate of 1:9″ or faster to stabilize it.

A new .264 caliber (6.5mm) bullet is the next new projectile. It is also a Tipped MatchKing. This one weighs 130 grains and is recommended for barrels with a 1:8″ twist or faster. It has a stated BC of .535.

A third new bullet is a .284 caliber (7mm) bullet. It is a 160 grain Tipped MatchKing. It has no special twist rate recommendations. Sierra provides its BC as .615. This is the second 7mm bullet introduced recently. The other was a 183 grain MatchKing.

The final introduction is a .308 caliber Varminter. This bullet is relatively light for the caliber at 135 grains. Unlike the above bullets, this one is designed to expand and is suitable for hunting predators and varmints.

For clarification, these are bullets only – not ammunition. In a past article, a few readers were confused, so I want to make sure that everyone understands that these are projectiles only.

Richard Johnson

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  • ostiariusalpha

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the Sierra polymer tips probably don’t resist melting any better than the ones on Hornady or Nosler ammo. The BC rating is a projection that you won’t get out of these bullets in the real world.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Never is.

      But I’ve shot a few hundred of the TMK 175gr 30cals in 308. They fly well, really well, but I can’t get them locally so I went back to the SMK. If I’m going to shoot 1k to get my data book populated, I can’t do it with a bullet I can only ever get online.

      If they work the price down a bit, or I can get them locally in a pinch, I’ll switch over as I think they are better than the SMK in terms of consitency in my gauges.

  • Ah, no G7 B.C listed.
    Sierra never changes…

    • JumpIf NotZero

      The G tables were designed by monitoring artillery shells. The truth is, they’re close but never perfect.

      You just have to shoot them. So Sierra not listing a G7 table, really isn’t the end of the world.

  • Duray

    People wouldn’t GET confused of the shooting community would call things what they are. In everyday conversation, yes we know what you mean when you say how many “bullets” your gun holds, but once you start actually making ammunition, such terminology quickly becomes nonsensical.

    • Tim Pearce

      Wow, four days go by and *nobody* is spitting hate at you for this!

      Totally in agreement with you, but it’s surprising how little people care to use the correct terms for things.

  • Bobb

    Wish they would have made it 10 grains heavier

    • JumpIf NotZero

      You think that’s going to make the difference in what exactly?

      • sliversimpson

        Can’t the guy have an opinion?

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I didn’t say he can’t have an opinion. I want to know how 10gr going to make the difference in? A worse sectional density? A lower BC? A less ideal ogive? Different RPM?

          I wasn’t calling the guy dumb. Is the age of everyone gets a trophy?

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Litz is a smart guy, and no one is debating that G7 tables are handier. But he does not tell anyone that G1/7 tables are perfect or replace the need to get real dope.

  • LV-426

    I’m really digging the 135gr 308 varmint bullets. They run well in my Adams Arms small frame 308. I thought they would hang up due to the wide meplat, but they run. Should be great for bad guys and bad feral hogs. CFE223 is a really great powder to put behind them.

  • Ports

    100s of people out there using tipped bullets never had an issue with ‘melting’ tips until hornady found a solution to a problem that doesnt exist.