Just what is Match Grade Ammunition?


 Many shooters tend to think of the firearm as being responsible for the accuracy, but that only half the story. What many ignore is the role ammunition plays in accuracy. There is truth to the statement “…it’s all about the bullet.” Lower quality ammunition is going to result in lower performance from any firearm. For serious target or competition shooters the best choice for their ammunition is Match Grade ammo. What exactly is Match Grade ammunition? To be labeled Match Grade means it is ammunition that is loaded to be more consistent and therefore more accurate than say general-use ammunition. It is ammunition which requires extremely tight tolerances and quality control. While the origin of the term “match” is a bit fuzzy, the term became a way to identify especially consistent ammunition that would be suitable for use in formal shooting matches or competitions. Therefore, Match Grade ammunition has become defined as meticulously loaded cartridges. While many manufacturers simply load their standard ammunition with a match-type bullet and call it Match Grade, true Match Grade Ammunition is much different. True Match Grade ammunition is developed using the finest components available, meaning, the best brass available, the best powder, primers and true Match Grade bullets. And, that’s just the beginning. The brass is carefully full length resized, polished, trimmed, deburred and chamfered. All the powder loads are individually weighted to guarantee every load is exactly the same. Every bullet is seated to the same depth and each measured to make sure they are consistent. In the end, the shooter has a cartridge that is consistent shot-to-shot.The bottom line with Match Grade ammunition is the difference in bullets, brass and powder selection. Combined, each of these components insures the ammunition is more consistent from shot to shot. Production quantity is less, as cartridge case selection, seating depth, and other parameters demand closer inspection.This attention to detail again insures that the standard deviation between velocities in each cartridge is much less which equates to smaller differences in shot-to-shot performance.  

“When reliability and performance are a must…”

 …..means producing the finest custom handloaded ammunition possible so to optimize the performance of your firearm. If you are going to pay thousands of dollars for a custom firearm now is not the time to skimp on your ammunition. 

What separates Match Grade bullets from other ”types” of bullets?

 First – is their construction Match Grade bullets are not designed for hunting applications, and therefore, are not designed for deep penetration that is needed for a hunting bullet. Instead they are designed with the highest possible Ballistic Coefficient with no consideration given to their Sectional Density so as to carry their energy as far as possible without compromising accuracy.

Second – is the shape of the nose of the bullet. Almost all Match Grade bullets have a very small hollow point nose design. The area of the nose of the bullet is known as the meplat, which comes from a French word "méplat" - meaning flat. The shape of the meplat is important in determining how well a bullet will move through the air. The meplat can have a significant effect on the Ballistic Coefficient of the bullet. Within a given caliber, bullets with different meplat surfaces will group unevenly, meaning the bullets will not be as accurate as desired, while bullets of the same weight and with the same size meplat greatly improves shot-to shot accuracy.What Ballisticians have learned over time is that a very small, consistent hollow point – boattail bullet reduces the bullets drag. Basically a bullet constructed wherein the Meplat Hollow Point is ten percent or less of the bullet’s diameter creates the lowest drag and this combined with the Boattail design substantially increase the bullet’s Ballistic Coefficiency. When target shooting accuracy is the only consideration, bullets, like Sierra’s MatchKing, with the very small hollow Point Meplat shifts the center of mass towards the tail of the bullet. This also serves to even further improve the Ballistic Coefficiency of the bullet, thus yielding greater down-range velocity and resistance to wind deflection.

If you’re going to spend thousands of dollars for that custom rifle,

 “…Are you really going to skimp on ammunition?’ 

Remember, in the end it all comes down to the bullet, so when you pull the trigger, 

“…Can you depend on your ammunition to reach the target accurately?”