Do match bullets expand?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by mauserman454, May 4, 2004.

  1. mauserman454

    mauserman454 New Member

    Aug 26, 2003
    Upstate NY
    My .243 loves the Sierra 70 grain hollow point boattail match bullet. However the hollow point is much smaller than the 75 grain sierra. The 75 grain hollowpoint doesn't shoot quite as well, so I'd rather use the match bullets, especially when I have to reach out there to nail one of those beedy eyed woodchucks :p

    I've heard that match bullets expand inconsistently... Is this true?

    Last edited: May 4, 2004
  2. Steelerfan55

    Steelerfan55 New Member

    Aug 17, 2003
    I'm not really an expert on this, so I'll quote bits and pieces of the Lyman Reloading Handbook:

    Now and then, (the game hunter) may get lucky, but the use of target bullets for game shooting invariably lead to disaster.

    This was taken from The Lyman Book, 46th Edition, pg. 62-63.

    I do hear good things about the VMax from hornaday.

  3. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Hollow point match bullets are meant to deform, not expand. They are NOT a hunting bullet. A hollow point bullet is areodynamically preferred over a solid nose as it cuts the air better. It is not expected to expand, but deform only!
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Federal Auto Match 22LR Nov 21, 2016
The Ammo & Reloading Forum .224 Barnes Matchburners Jul 19, 2016
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Federal Match Small Pistol Primer Problems? Sep 26, 2015
The Ammo & Reloading Forum RWS Match .22 Ammo May 21, 2015
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Does your SD ammo match your developed reload in recoil/accuracy? Jul 24, 2014