I originally put this post together before the catestrophic failure I wrote about Monday.
Brown Bear 62gr. Soft Point, $25.95/100:
Tula 55 gr. FMJ, $24.95/100:
Both of these were Russian “lacquered steel case” ammo.” You be the judge, but I’m convinced that they were made by the same company in the same batch, then distributed by different American companies. Steel case ammo can be particularly hard on rifles and pistols, but these rounds exceeded my expectations. These targets are smaller than what I’ve posted before. The rings mark centimeter spacing.
Continuing . . .
RWS Copper Matrix NTF 42gr. Frangible, $14.95/20:
Federal American Eagle XM856 64gr. Tactical Red Tracer, $9.95/20:
Sellier & Bellot 55gr. SP, $13.95/20:
I really like these 8-in. Birchwood Casey “Dirty Bird” targets, BTW. They are really easy to see downrange, unlike the laser printed ones above. I highlighted the S&Bs; evidently, one of my rounds missed the target completely. The large holes are from my .45 USP. Not bad from 50 yards, except that I had to shoot 20 rounds to get those five hits in the black, with the rest scattered among the neighboring targets.
American Eagle XM855F 62gr. Penetrator, $41.95/100:
Black Hills 55gr. Remanufactured Seconds FMJ, $24.95/50:
For calibration purposes, here is the PMC Precision 75gr. BTHP Match, $16.95/20:
This is still my favorite, even if it’s a bit pricey.
Finally, let’s use the Black Hills 60gr. Soft Point from last time, except now with the backup iron sights:
Um . . . yes, well, it looks like those sights may need adjusting! OTOH, my rear sight is already cranked all the way to the right. Also, you may recall that the Black Hills shot leftward when I was using the Sightmark. I could adjust the front post, but when I shot the DRS Hornady 68gr. with open sights last time, they landed in the lower left quadrant. The Hornady with the Sightmark were in the lower right quadrant, more or less, which may confirm that the front post is fine but the rear sight needs adjusting . . . .
The only generalization I can pull from all this is that it’s important to sight in your rifle with whatever ammo you plan on using. The Russian ammo seems to be a great bargain if it’s a rifle you don’t want to baby. Otherwise, the XM855 is a good round for having fun, and the PMC Precision is good for high priority targets. Some of the rounds may have been more accurate if the sights were adjusted specifically for them, but they tended not to be especially precise for the money.