The purpose of Sierra MatchKings are for long range competition. Sierra doesn't even recommend them for hunting.
The design of the MatchKing is a lead cylinder inside a copper jacket that is made as long as possible by weight and the ability of most of them to fit inside the magazine. By keeping the nose of the bullet hollow, they kept the weight down and still offered an extremely long bullet for bearing surface against the rifling. As far as the bullets being hollow points, it isn't even noticeable.
The .223 80 grain cartridges don't even fit inside the magazine. They're designed for the last relay in High Power competition where the cartridge has to be single loaded.
posted on 12/03/2003 6:52:31 AM PST
by Shooter 2.5
(Don't punch holes in the lifeboat)
To: Shooter 2.5
By keeping the nose of the bullet hollow, they kept the weight down
I believe that the reason the SMK has the 'hollow' tip is because of the swaging during the manufacturing process. The copper cylinder is formed around the lead core from the bottom up leaving the opening.
I've shot both the 168 SMK and the 165 Sierra Game King through water jugs and the Game King definitely had more of an 'explosive' reaction. The Game King is for all purposes identical to the Match King except the lead core is exposed at the tip. As far as accuracy, the Game King performs sub MOA as does the SMK...both will go sub 0.5 MOA at 100 yards from the bench.
posted on 12/04/2003 9:43:05 AM PST
by in the Arena
(Richard Thomas Kastner - KIA - Phuoc Long, South Vietnam - 15 November 1969)
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