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    Senior Member Mark-II's Avatar
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    Steel Match is dead. Long live....?

    I have a couple .223 that have a liking for Hornady Steel Match 55gr.

    Now that it’s out of production and stocks are drying up, is there anything out there that compares to it for price and quality?

    I might have to resume reloading if not...
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    Part-Timer Grizz Axxemann's Avatar
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    So I should hold on to my box of .308 Steel match as a collectors item?
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    I ended up with a ammo can of hornady american gunner 55gr hp match.
    Compares in price? I don't know. I see it out of stock on wolverine for $190/247rnds.
    Seems good quality, I plan on shooting it this weekend at a club 300, 500, and 600yrd match.
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    I was wondering how Hornady Frontier compared. Hornady has nothing to recommend on their site, and their own link to Steel Match is 404. They abandoned it quickly enough...

    I should resume reloading, I know, but it was nice to go out and see MOA performance out of my Tikka without having to do up a hundred or more test loads over a period of 2 or 3 sessions before I nail down a recipe.

    (I think I've been chasing my tail with semi-autos in that regard - maybe bolt guns will be easier to reach satisfaction with)
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    Go Canucks Go! lone-wolf's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark-II View Post
    (I think I've been chasing my tail with semi-autos in that regard - maybe bolt guns will be easier to reach satisfaction with)
    You're not the only one.
    I'd like to see what the above mentioned stuff I have will do in the mini & 180c
    In a rem700 sps it was hitting the v bull regularly at 300yrds for a fairly new shooter I lent a couple dozen rounds to.
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    Any 55 grain ammo giving 3,240 fps should do. Hornady Varmint Express does that using a V-Max. So does their American Gunner brand. It uses an actual 'Match' grade bullet too. Hornady 'Match' bullets are good. Use 'em out of my '03A4 and get one hole groups when I do my part.
    "...resume reloading..." No factory ammo will be as good as ammo tailored to your rifle. There's no mention anywhere that the Steel Match bullet was a match grade bullet either.

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    Part-Timer Grizz Axxemann's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justice View Post
    There's no mention anywhere that the Steel Match bullet was a match grade bullet either.
    I've got the box nearby. The .308 Steel Match uses a 155gr HPBT Match pill. I would figure the .223 would be a 53 or 55gr HPBT pill.
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    Hey, all I know is that it shot better and more consistently than anything in its price range
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grizz Axxemann View Post
    I've got the box nearby. The .308 Steel Match uses a 155gr HPBT Match pill. I would figure the .223 would be a 53 or 55gr HPBT pill.
    My half box has a 75gr bthp, not many 'non match' bullets in that weight but maybe justice is right.
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    Google says it's a 75gr

    Cabelas still have them listed
    308 155gr hpbt
    223 55gr hp
    223 75gr hpbt
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