Re: Need some opinions re factory ammo
1. Consistency, accuracy, bullet selection in that order.
2. When ALL the above are required. Standard factory ammo is fine for almost all hunting situations inside 100-200 yards. Once you get past 200, things change. A 1.5MOA rifle with standard ammo & iffy bullets doesn't breed alot of confidence from 300 out.....
3. No, inside 200 yards.
4. No, accuracy & consistency also.
5. Nickel cases? OK, but not mandatory.
Premium bullets? IF they provide more consistency & are proven performers without sacrificing accuracy.
Fancy boxes? Not required.
I like Remington & Hornady TAP but not as much as Federal Match & Winchester Supreme. Federal Match is the industry standard which all others are compared to. The old Winchester Ranger was crap - when they went to the 'Supreme' line their quality control & accuracy were noticably better.
We did some testing last year with different Federal TRU ammo in 223 & 308 and it shot well, the Nosler BTs were tighter than the Sierra Gamekings.