Originally Posted by lazylabs
Bart...So are you currently using this method to sort bullets? Have you tried the SMK or Bergers?
No, I'm not using this method to sort bullets. I just commented on what a friend did years ago. If someone made one and it worked well, he could make some money selling them.
If one looks in a late 1971 (maybe 1970; I don't remember exactly) issue of NRA's American Rifleman magazine, there's a Lapua bullet ad with one of the 10-shot groups shot with some of these bullets. that group's barely under an inch. Lapua though the smallest one shot would be too "unbelievable" for use in advertising.
Not too shabby for a pre-'64 Model 70 action with a 26-inch Hart barrel conventionally epoxy bedded in a wood stock shooting full length sized WCC58 cases. This same rifle and ammo was also used to put 40 consecutive shots into 1.93 inches at 600 yards a week or so later.
I've mostly shot Sierra Match Kings but used Norma 139-gr. 6.5mm match bullets in a .264 Win. Mag. Also have used Berger 155-gr. 30 caliber bullets in a Palma rifle and thousands of military 172-gr. FMJBT match bullets in M118 7.62 NATO match ammo. Tried some Hornady match bullets in a .308, but gave up; they weren't as good as Sierra's.
Regarding bullet trimming and tipping for accuracy, I watched a test comparing Sierra's 30 caliber 190 HPMK vs Berger's 30 caliber 185 VLD bullet. Both were shot in the same .308 Win. rifle through chronographs at 10 feet and 995 yards. Muzzle velocity was about 2570 fps for both. The Berger's slowed down more than the Sierra's did; they lost more speed downrange. Proof that Sierra's had a higher BC. This was done as there was much discussion about the Berger's being a better long range bullet with their Very Low Drag claim. Proof's in the pudding....er, measuring. A good test indeed.