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LarMoeCur  [Team Member]
7/24/2012 9:18:01 PM
Anyone know what manufacturer the Midway Blemished bullets come from? My T3 loves them Hornady 180 SSTs. 17 bucks a box is got my trigger finger itching.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/364316/blemished-bullets-30-caliber-308-diameter-180-grain-polymer-tip-spitzer-boat-tail-box-of-100-bulk-packaged

These sure look a lot like them minus the nice red tip. Which has me thinking Nosler. Anyone?
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BroadSideOfADime  [Team Member]
7/24/2012 10:25:30 PM
It did say this at the bottom of the page. Not sure if you saw it or not. Awesome price though...

"A generic image is shown and the product may vary slightly from the image - including the color of the tip, presence and location of a cannelure."
StonerAR10  [Member]
7/24/2012 10:40:36 PM
I bought ten boxes of them and they are great. I think they are Hornady. They look good and I've checked weights and they are GTG.
JC10311  [Team Member]
7/24/2012 10:49:45 PM
I bought 500 of the 155 gr when they were available. They shoot great. I checked weight and diameter on about 50, then gave up other than looking at them as I loaded.
midwestoffroad  [Member]
7/30/2012 11:17:23 PM
mine are all hornady picture was grey scaled in there add to not show the red tip. my .224 60 vmaw were stained pretty dark in color but my 75g amax and bthps look good. and weighed out perfect.
gasdoc09  [Team Member]
7/31/2012 3:27:44 PM
They were the Hornady 180 SST

Shot some yesterday, great. Went to order more about 10 min ago and goddamnitall, but they're gone.

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bfoosh06  [Team Member]
8/1/2012 4:17:25 PM
At the last "Funshow" I asked the a vendor about this subject, ( he routinely has "oddball" components.... Fed. EFMJ, Pulled Gold Dots Fed., Speer 62 and 64gr Fusion/GD .224 bullets ... etc... ) His answer was enlightening, Hornady sells all the blemished bullets in one large / expensive batch, while Speer and Fed. will sell them in small lots. So when Midway has a large variety of similiar manufacturer bullets it is probably Hornady. He gets phone calls from the manufacturers all the time, some bullets are blemished, some are pulls from damaged ammo ( water specifically ), some with the cannalure in the wrong spot... etc. He can only afford the smaller lots. The larger ones can run into the $100K worth of blemished bullets. ( According to him.)


He did say that Midway bought the recent Hornady batch....While this doesn't directly answer your question, it was interesting to hear his input.
jlficken  [Team Member]
8/1/2012 4:50:53 PM
Keep in mind too that Hornady doesn't just use red tips (or green now because of the zombie bullets). I have gotten rejects from them directly that have blue, yellow, pink, brown, etc. They make bullets for other manufacturers as well.

I also totally believe the story about the large batches of rejects being sold for big money.
ronnl001  [Member]
8/1/2012 6:59:59 PM
I bought a bunch of the 125 grain 308 interbonds and 150 grain 308 interbonds with cannelure that are usually only available in their custom ammunition line and they look pretty good. Much better than the 175 SMK pulls that I also got cheap and stacked. Similar blems have been good to me in the past (at least when ordered through midsouth), and I'm hopeful these will as well (especially since I have 4k of them). I'm shooting two ladders this weekend and will probably report next week.
gasdoc09  [Team Member]
8/2/2012 12:30:07 AM
I've stuck my toe in the blemished waters a couple times, buying a few hundred at a time, just cautiously trying them out. So far everything's shot great.

Next time I see a deal that looks good, I'm just going to buy 1000s and be done with it. I'm still torqued about missing out on more of those 180 SST blems ...
dnmccoy  [Team Member]
8/2/2012 4:33:17 PM
I just in 2K of the "blem pulled" 147gr TMJ FP from Rocky Mountain Reloading. Will post a review up tomorrow
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