75g Hornady Match
I have a RRA NM LAR15 rifle. I have shot Sierra 69g match bullets so far for league. I am interested in the Hornady 75g Match bullets. I can get 600 rds of Hornadys for the same price as 500 Sierras. Does anybody use this bullet for their NM rifle with 1:8" twist?
Hornady supplied the ammo for EIC last year right? With your rifle I shot a 362/400 with no coat. I am not a great shot but I accomplished 96's in the rapids. From that it doesn't seem too far off to say that bullet will easily hold 10's. Does that suit your needs?
ETA: SAFS not EIC.
Yes that does help, it gives me some confidence.
I have a 1:8 twist NM barrel from Model 1.
Shooting 75-gr privi (very similar load) yields spectacular results.
From my little experience with the 75 grain Hornady Match ammo this past Friday, it appears to be very solid. I had solely been shooting 55 grain PMC Bronze thru my two AR's, and I recently ordered a few different 55-77 grain ammo to test out in my DD M4V7 16" middy with a 1/7 twist barrel. Unfortunately, I got to my M4V7 a couple hours into our range session, and one of my buddies who drove me was pressed for time...so I was cut a bit short for an adequate test. I was able to shoot between 10-15 rounds of each load though, and this is the different ammo I tested:
Hornady 55 grain V-Max 223
Remington Premier Match 69 grain 223
Federal Premium Gold Medal Match 69 grain 223
Hornady Match 75 grain 223
Federal Premium Gold Medal Match 77 grain 223
SSA Sierra 77 grain 223
Was shooting at 100 yards on a bench solely with a bipod. Since I was a bit rushed, and didn't get any pictures, I'll try and sum it up quickly. All the ammo performed well (though frankly on a side note, at the 100 yards I was shooting at, far from that much better to justify the $1 per round or more cost involved compared to the 55 grain PMC Bronze I typically shoot). All 10-15 round groups were within an inch, but I did have a round or two stray slightly beyond that...which I'm sure were solely due to me on the bipod - and not the ammo.
Here's what I found to be of most note with my quick experiences with each load. First, the 69 grain Remington match ammo was clearly the least accurate of the group. I found this obvious enough that I frankly don't feel a need to bother with it at all anymore - the 15 rounds shot were enough to prove that for me.
With that said, the other 5 different loads left performed very similar at the 100 yard distance I was shooting at, though 2 in particular performed the best...the 77 grain Federal, and the 75 grain Hornady - with the 75 grain Hornady getting the top nod at that distance.
Not only was the 75 grain Hornady the best load I shot that day, but I'd also say that the 55 grain Hornady performed as good or better than all the other loads with maybe a slight edge to the 77 grain Federal. I was impressed with this due to the fact that these results were coming from a 1/7 twist barrel.
To sum it up, I have long been well aware of the reputation of Hornady ammo, but this quick test has surely put me in the boat of feeling you can't find much better.
Just my 2 cents...
The Hornady HPBT 75 grain bullet is my go to for reloading in all my AR's. It shoots better out of the faster twist barrels than the 69's do for me. It also seems to do a little better in the wind than the 69's. The real deal breaker is the price of the 600 bulk packs. For that price and the performance you get it's a no brainer. I know you didn't ask, but they make a pretty good hunting round too.
Our 1:8 twist Lothar Walther's love 75 grain Hornady, and we mostly use the cheap 75 grain steel cased training ammo.