Sniper & Sharpshooter Forums banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
240 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
How different are these two bullets in a given weight? I'm guessing (but haven't any long range experience with the HP) that the FMJ is going to be more accurate at long range? Anybody care to enlighten me?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,894 Posts
The Sierra match king bullet (used in Federal GMM) has a hollow-tip, which is a by product of manufacturing and not intended for expansion at all. This hollow tip effects accuracy NOT AT ALL. The US Armed forces switched to the Sierra Matchking 175gr with the M118LR ammo, this was a switch from the 173 BTFMJ in the M118. But, like I said, it was not because it had a hollow tip (we are not allowed to use exanding bullets in combat anyway) its because its a superior bullet. Now, Lapua exceptional bullets also, but theirs are all FMJ... again, its all in the quality and design of the bullet.

Some people have argues the hollowtip has aerodynamic advantages, but I would argue more that is does NOT have aerodynamic DISadvantages.

MEL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
240 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
very interesting, and not what I expected. Thanks, Mel.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,894 Posts
No probs...

When comparing bullets, check out the ballistic coeffecient (BC). The higher the number, the better. This gives you a quick comparison number for figuring long range ballistics. So if two bullets were fired at the same muzzle velocity, the one with the higher BC will retain energy better and have better long range ballistics then the other.

MEL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
187 Posts
Sorry for the ignorance, but I have a question.

Could a bullet that has BTHP have a higher BC than a bullet of the same weight but only a FMJ? Do you get what I'm trying to say? Sorry if I confused you on this question.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,894 Posts
It depends on a lot of factors, like bullet shape, design, construction material, caliber, size of hollow-tip (or hollow-point?), if FMJ is flat base of boat tail, etc etc.

The generic answer to the question is "yes, it CAN have a higher BC". One quick example:

Both are sierra bullets, .30 cal, 150gr, and both have boattails.

Sierra #2115 150gr FMJBT BC - .408 above 2800fps
Sierra #2190 150gr HPBT BC - .417 above 2800fps

MEL
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,927 Posts
Hey Mel,

I read up on some documents once that said when the .300 win mag was being evaluated (I think it was navy special warfare) they said that without the hollowpoint, rounds were hitting targets sideways at 800 m...do you think that could be true?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,238 Posts
If the round they were using was not stabalizing that's exactly what you would expet them to do. I have no idea what round they were using during the test, but if I tried to shoot Sierra 220 MKs out of my 12 twist 308, that is the result I would expect.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,201 Posts
if it failed to stabilize then how would it hit the target 800m out?
i have played around with some .223s in 69 and 77gr BTHPs with my Varminter (24" barrel, 1:9 twist)
77 gr BTHP were able to do ok at 100y and sometimes at 200y but even then had problems (not match grade accuracy though) while 69 gr BTHP shot flawlessly
byond 300y a 77 gr BTHP wouldnt hit a parked car while the 69 gr BTHP was doing just fine out much further
i have played around w/ Federal FMJ-BT rounds but not match grade ones just their surplus and thier budget rounds American Eagle brand they do just as well but thats more of a gun preference than it is a quality of round differnece
im sure that some guns the BTHP will do better while some the FMJ BT will do better seems that the BTHP has a higher bc so at longer range its probably better
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,894 Posts
I would agree that if the bullet was going through the target sideways, it was not stabilized. It has nothing to do with a hollowtip or not. Lapua, who makes bullets every bit as good as sierra, has no such hollowtips on any of their bullets. The M118 has a 173gr FMJBT. The list goes on. The hollowtip of the sierra match king bullets is a bi-product of manufacturing, it is not done for aerodynamic reasons, or expansion reasons. Sierra wraps the jacket around the lead core from the base to the tip, this is why there is the tiny hollow tip.

MEL
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
mele said:
Lapua, who makes bullets every bit as good as sierra, has no such hollowtips on any of their bullets.
Mel,

Lapua`s Scenar bullet is a HPBT and is available from .222 to .338 caliber.

Regards
Peter
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,894 Posts
:oops: Whoops!!! You are right! And the scenar is an exceptional bullet. I had the D46 stuck in my mind..... but either way, the scenar does indeed have a hollowtip

MEL
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top