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gun toting monkeyboy
09-25-2012, 4:44 PM
So I picked up a few boxes of this, but I have not had a chance to get to the range yet. Has anybody else tried it out? If so, what was your experience with it? And please refrain from they "Don't shoot steel cases" comments. That is not what I am asking about.

-Mb

For those of you who haven't seen it, here is a link to one of the places that carries it.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/829787/hornady-steel-match-ammunition-223-remington-75-grain-hollow-point-boat-tail-steel-case-box-of-50

SoCalXD
09-25-2012, 5:43 PM
Ive shot 400 flawless rounds of it through my primary 556 rig so far,, over the last 6mo. My accuracy isnt all that great with it though: 2.1Moa. Thats with a cheap DD 16" 1/7 M4 profile bbl, a Geiselle SSA 4.5lb trigger and an EoTech with their 3x magnifier. An upgrade barrel and optics would probably cut that in half. Ive settled on that as my premium 556 ammo and stocked it up for the ZA.;)

thegrayham
09-25-2012, 6:45 PM
I would like to hear more feedback as well. Seems like a great plinking round for my Reece build.

17+1
09-25-2012, 8:37 PM
I like the Hornady 75 gr. BTHP bullets, which is what this ammo uses. Never tried this specific ammo out though.

gun toting monkeyboy
09-26-2012, 12:22 PM
I like the Hornady 75 gr. BTHP bullets, which is what this ammo uses. Never tried this specific ammo out though.

How do the bullets perform for you? And what barrel twists are you using them with?

-Mb

17+1
09-26-2012, 2:03 PM
How do the bullets perform for you? And what barrel twists are you using them with?

-Mb

They shoot good. Got some from a friend for free so I've been using them at the 200 yard XTC matches. Can load to mag length for rapid fire stages. Accuracy seems to be on par with the Sierra 69, which is what I usually feed my service rifle for the 200 yard matches. I shot a 99-2X with them in slow prone, my best score so far. Wish I could say how they work for midrange stuff, but I haven't had the time to do as much shooting as I'd like. :(

RRA NM upper. 1 in 8" stainless barrel, Wylde chamber.

sammy
09-26-2012, 3:04 PM
Make damn sure your chamber is squeaky clean before you shoot it. I helped a guy get a stuck one out of his Noveske (sp?). It was brand new and I have no idea if he cleaned it before taking it out. The funny thing was he gave me the remaining 99 rounds of the stuff. I gave it to a fellow shooter in need.

You should be fine if it is clean.

ExtremeX
09-26-2012, 3:37 PM
I have a box sitting around as well, but I haven’t tried it yet...

Will report back when I do.

seal20
09-26-2012, 8:33 PM
I can hit a 12" gong at 300 yrds with a 3x9 bac Trijicon out of my 16" 1-7 twist LMT. No problems at all, and i do not baby my rifle. It is a well maintained shooter but not near a safe queen. Stuff is GTG

alfred1222
09-26-2012, 8:35 PM
I've shot quarter sized groups at 100 yards with is, again with my 1:7 LMT CQB

ExtremeX
09-27-2012, 11:45 AM
I can hit a 12" gong at 300 yrds with a 3x9 bac Trijicon out of my 16" 1-7 twist LMT. No problems at all, and i do not baby my rifle. It is a well maintained shooter but not near a safe queen. Stuff is GTG

That target is 4 MOA at 300 yards... You should be able to do that without match ammo... Even junk ammo should be able to bang steel out that far...

I would hope this ammo would be able to do 1 - 1.75 MOA

Hoop
09-27-2012, 11:53 AM
The 75gr hornady bullets work great in 1:8 and 1:7 twists with a healthy dose of varget or RL15 less so with TAC.

The steel match is decent a little underpowered but not bad expect groups hovering around an inch.

CK_32
09-27-2012, 12:40 PM
If you want a great bullet look at the 80 grain stuff.. Literally just skimmed an article on some kid (probably with a full competition custom rifle) but was using 80 grain hand loads with amazing success. Again just skimmed and he's groups looked ok at the 100/300 yard mark but apparently be blew the competition away with them and its like the new magic match bullet or something.

gemini1
09-27-2012, 12:40 PM
I've tried it on a 16" 1/7 BCM upper, zeroed at 50 yards using 62 grain green tip, the 75 gr Hornady was about an inch higher. All went bang with no problemo.
Got it for $17(?) at Miwall a couple of gun shows ago.

phish
09-27-2012, 3:35 PM
If you want a great bullet look at the 80 grain stuff.. Literally just skimmed an article on some kid (probably with a full competition custom rifle) but was using 80 grain hand loads with amazing success. Again just skimmed and he's groups looked ok at the 100/300 yard mark but apparently be blew the competition away with them and its like the new magic match bullet or something.

80 grain bullets are hardly new, nor magic

Hoop
09-27-2012, 4:06 PM
Iirc 80 grainers are too long for the mags.

ExtremeX
09-27-2012, 4:16 PM
Iirc 80 grainers are too long for the mags.

I think you are probably right… Many others who reload that bullet say they usually single feed them into their ARs...

The Hornady 75gr A-Max #22792 is another great example of a bullet that just won’t work in an AR mag; learned that the hard way.

I should have held on to them, I never thought of single loading at the time…