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Old 05-17-2011, 11:34 AM
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Default What does "Match Grade" mean?

I just got a really good deal on a bunch of "Match Grade" semi-wadcutter loaded .45acp ammo and was wondering if "match grade" is just a fancy way of saying "made for shooting paper" or if it means something else.

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Typically for competitive shooters looking to eliminate every variable that can contribute to smaller groups. So yes, it's for paper targets. They're just bullets that have been extra carefully prepared to go boom just like the other ones. For defense rounds, a lot of people like hollowpoints. Not sure if HP induce malfunctions in the 1911s tho, purists say that it was only designed for FMJ bullets, but I'm digressing.

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Just means it's made to a more exacting standard/tolerances to get consistent performance across all batches of ammo made so each round performs as close to exactly the same as possible.
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The wadcutter part is what translates to "made for shooting paper".
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Is there an industry standard that must be followed in order to claim "Match Grade", or is that just what any ammo manufacturer can label their ammo to make is sound good? In other words, is it a Marketing term or is it an actual "grade" with a specified standard?
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The wadcutter part is what translates to "made for shooting paper".
That's funny because before I knew what wad cutters were, I thought the term implied that it could do some serious tissue damage!
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Tighter tolerances on size and weight? If all the bullets have the same weight and closer resistance the same amount of powder should give a more consistent path.
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It means:

"You are going to pay more for this than you would for other products NOT using the words 'Match Grade' in their description."

Without more information, that's all you know for sure.
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"You are going to pay more for this than you would for other products NOT using the words 'Match Grade' in their description."
That makes sense, but I don't think it applies this time: 45acp @ 32 cents a round (delivered).
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Is there an industry standard that must be followed in order to claim "Match Grade", or is that just what any ammo manufacturer can label their ammo to make is sound good? In other words, is it a Marketing term or is it an actual "grade" with a specified standard?
There is no true industry standard, HOWEVER, I've never seen any manufacturers call something "match grade" that wasn't truly made to a higher standard than their normal boxed stuff.

So yes, it does tend to be an actual grade of higher quality ammunition, just without having a set of industry standards to match it against.
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Is there an industry standard that must be followed in order to claim "Match Grade", or is that just what any ammo manufacturer can label their ammo to make is sound good? In other words, is it a Marketing term or is it an actual "grade" with a specified standard?
I dont know that there is an industry standard perse, but a particular manufacture should have some specs on what range of performance their tests have shown the round to perform within.

If someone was just throwing a maqtch grade name on some junk ammo, I'm sure the shooting competition market would out them as being junk.

Any reputable company would want to back there reputation with good customer reviews.
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You hear what they're saying man? HAHA! tell you what Dave, the new "industry standard" is me outscoring you and your Wallmart ball ammo.

I LOL ME.
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No chance. I actually shoot my .45's before I sell them.

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No chance. I actually shoot my .45's before I sell them.

I LOL @ U!
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That makes sense, but I don't think it applies this time: 45acp @ 32 cents a round (delivered).
Yeah, that's a good price for 45 these days.
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Regardless of whether the ammo is match grade or not, if your gun likes it without feeding problems and the price isn't a huge issue with you, then life is good
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Imagine "blueprinting" for engines, that's what "match grade" is to firearms
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Tighter tolerances on size and weight? If all the bullets have the same weight and closer resistance the same amount of powder should give a more consistent path.
Yes, they do have tighter tolerances on size and weight. Try pulling a part 2 boxes of wwb (first with a mic measure them, to see how closely they are seated in length), then weigh EVERY bullet, weigh each charge of powder. Their are going to be bullets that are +/- 2grs probably, the powder, not sure.

My match rifle rounds I load. I dont weigh the bullets (smk are all tight enough tolerances). I do weigh every powder charge to .01gr and seat every bullet to .001". And I am not even anal about it.
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