Sierra’s Newest Innovation – The GameChangers

Introducing the Sierra GameChanger hunting bullets: the perfect combination of Sierra’s legendary match accuracy coupled with deadly penetration. Sierra re-engineered their legendary MatchKing bullet into a hollow point design for quick expansion and fitted it with a transparent green tip for ballistic uniformity. Inside, the GameChanger features a unique construction that utilizes a special lead alloy surrounded by a tough copper jacket that delivers excellent penetration and expansion at a variety of ranges. It’s a GameChanger on any hunt!

Please visit MidwayUSA to purchase GameChanger bullets, link to store: MidwayUSA.com/Sierra 

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Picture Time!

6th Edition Manual Pictures

As most of you are aware, we are in the production stages of producing Sierra’s next Manual. We need your help. We need pictures of your successes with a Sierra bullet, whether it be a hunting photo, a highly favored target, or whatever your memorable event would be where Sierra has been a part. While we would love to see all of your rolls of film, we are really only able to use pictures in a digital form. So, if you have something you would choose to share with us, please e-mail your pictures to duane@sierrabullets.com . We surely appreciate you, our loyal customers.

Thank you,

Sierra Bullets

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Product Recall on Stock #1039 .204″ 39 gr. BlitzKing

Dear Valued Customer,

We have discovered a product mix with Sierra Bullets projectile part number 1039, Lot Number 0120373435858GI.  The product you have received may have .22 caliber bullets mixed in with the .20 bullets.

We sincerely apologize for this error and would like to send you a replacement box(es) directly.  Please contact us via email at duane@sierrabullets.com or by phone 800-223-8799 x521, with the number of boxes you ordered along with your shipping address so we can send you replacements

Thank you,
Sierra Bullets

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224 Valkyrie Update

Sierra recommends a 6.5” twist barrel for the #9290 22 cal 90 gr HPBT bullet however for cartridges like the Valkyrie, that can push them over 2650 fps muzzle velocity, a 7” twist barrel will stabilize the bullet correctly.

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Sierra Bullets 224 Valkyrie Load Data

Test Specifications/
Components

Firearm Used: Universal Receiver
Barrel Length: 24”
Twist: 1-8’’
Case: Starline Brass for bullets 52-63 grain and Federal Premium for bullets 69-95 grains

Trim-to Length: 1.590’’
Primer: Winchester WSR

Remarks: The 224 Valkyrie, developed by Federal Cartridge Co., is based upon the 6.8 SPC Remington case. The case length is shorter than the 223 Remington affording the use of heavier match grade bullets with very long ogives and high ballistic coefficients (BC) in a semi-automatic firearm at magazine friendly overall lengths.This offers a distinct advantage over the 223 Remington, where the same bullets must be single-fed. Less recoil than many of the other favored competition cartridges is another notable benefit to the 224 Valkyrie.

Super-sonic velocities at ranges greater than the 223 Remington and the 6.5 Grendel can achieve at magazine length are also an advantage with the 224 Valkyrie.

As rifle competition venues get longer and faster, the 224 Valkyrie should certainly grab the attention of those who favor the AR platform, but the Valkyrie will perform very well out of all action types.

Click here to download the 224 Valkyrie load data.

 

 

 

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Sierra Bullets 7mm Remington Magnum Load Data

Test Specifications/
Components

Firearm Used: Universal Receiver
Barrel Length: 24”
Twist: 1-9″
Case: Nosler
Trim-to Length: 2.490”’
Primer: Winchester WLRM

Remarks:

The history of U.S. ordnance is full of examples of good cartridges that have passed into obsolescence. The 219 Zipper, 284 Winchester and 6.5 Remington Magnum were all fine ideas, but terribly limited by the rifles for which they were introduced. When Remington brought out their 7mm Magnum in 1962, however, they did everything right the first time. Introduced in what was then the new Model 700 bolt action, both rifle and cartridge have gone on to become phenomenally popular.

Remington had only two real competitors in this market. One was the 7mm Weatherby Magnum, offered in Weatherby’s rather expensive Mark V rifle. The other was the 7x61mm Sharpe & Hart, chambered in the infrequently encountered Shultz & Larsen. While the performance of all three is quite similar, only the Remington was readily available in an affordable package. The real secret to its success is quite simple-it’s fast, flat, accurate and potent.

The 7mm Remington Magnum is, first and foremost, a hunting cartridge and has been used to take virtually every big game species in North America, including big bears. Realistically, it is probably at its best when used in long-range, open country hunting typical of western big game territory. While its primary use is in the hunting fields, the cartridge’s flat trajectory and inherent accuracy has attracted the interest of competitive shooters as well. Eight years after its introduction, it was used in conjunction with Sierra’s 168 grain MatchKing to win the prestigious 1000 yard Wimbledon match at Camp Perry. While there have been many developments in cartridge design, the 7mm Remington Magnum is still a very note-worthy cartridge that deserves a closer look.

Click here download the 7mm Remington Magnum load data for your 5th Edition Reloading Manual

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

INDICATES MAXIMUM LOAD – USE CAUTION
LOADS LESS THAN MINIMUM CHARGES SHOWN ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

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What is Your Favorite Piece of Reloading Equipment?

We asked a few reloaders: “What is your favorite ‘don’t know how you ever lived without it’ piece of reloading equipment?”  Check out their answers below.  We would love to hear from you too, please share your response in the comments below.


Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Philip Mahin answered “A comparator gauge to measure from the base of a case to the ogive of the bullet. This bypasses the tip of the bullet, so I can repeat the same seating depth the next time I visit a specific combination.”


Bill Marr of www.rifleshooter.com answered “I have so many favorite reloading tools, it’s hard to pick one. But if I had too it would be my Forster Co-Ax press. I like the ease you can change dies and that it doesn’t require traditional shell holders. If you load a lot of rifle, it’s a great tool to have!”


Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Duane Siercks answered “I don’t know that you would actually call this equipment, but the item that comes to mind would be my reloading room. I had always had to squeeze everything into a corner or even an unheated shed. After we bought our current house, I built a garage and placed it so that I had a window looking down a 250 yard range. I built a dedicated room with heat and  A/C. It contains my reloading bench and a shooting bench. The shooting bench lets me slide open the window and shoot down the range. It is very handy to not have to load everything up to go to the range. It also makes load development a lot simpler and efficient. I don’t know how I ever got along without it.

I also wonder what I did before I acquired the Lyman 1200 DPS Powder Dispenser. This has made the process so much simpler and much easier. I also have a Lee Precison Universal Decapping Die that I would gladly spend the money on again. This may be a small thing, but it certainly is handy. The Lee would accommodate some very large cases that some of the others were too small for.”


Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Carroll Pilant answered Dillon 550 and 650 presses.”


Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box answered “The Lee Precison hand priming tool.”


Sierra Bullets Chief Ballistician Tommy Todd answered “A brass annealing machine and a RCBS Chargemaster complimented with a Sartorious scale.”


RCBS Rock ChuckerSierra Bullets Ballistician Gary Prisendorf answered RCBS Rock Chucker Press, it’s built like a tank, and it will last me a lifetime.”

Sierra Bullets Production Manager Chris Hatfield answered RCBS  Rock Chucker single stage reloading press.”


Team Area 419 is a PRS shooting team with members from Wyoming to West Virginia. They send a lot of rounds down-range, and need them to be both consistent and precise. Here are a handful of the indispensable tools in their reloading rooms:

Jon Addis answered “Putting an A&D FX-120i scale with Auto-Trickler and Auto-Throw on the bench has changed the way I reload. It’s kernel accurate in about 15 seconds. Saves time and reduces a variable. And of course, the system is made better by the Area 419 Billet Adjustable base for the trickler and Billet Powder Cup.”


Jeremy Kisner answered“My Giraud trimmer has taken 3 steps and combined them into one easy task. I can now size my brass and then sit down and trim, chamfer and debur to a 0.001″ tolerance in one motion.”


Craig Arnzen answered“My Annealeez is one of the best tools in my reloading room. Neck tension is SO important, and annealing every firing really helps with that. This is an inexpensive tool that can anneal a lot of cases at once, and help me produce more consistent ammo.”


Trevor Aldinger answeredArea 419 Master Funnel Kit. In the past I’ve used plastic funnels and even other metal ones. This system fits case necks and flows much better than any others I’ve used, and there is no static since it’s metal. We spend a lot of time and money to get precise charges, I don’t want to lose or miss a kernel because of a cheap funnel.”


Tyler Riley answered“My RCBS bench primer. It has a lot more leverage than a hand primer and still has a good feel to how tight primer pockets are. Makes it much easier on my hands to prime large runs, especially new brass with tight pockets.”


Dan Blake answered“My Annealing Made Perfect (AMP) annealer. With consistent neck tension being one of the largest contributions to small Extreme Spread on muzzle velocities, I believe this induction annealer is truly the best on the market.”


Josh Temmen answered“Time is critical for me so my RCBS Chargemasters are indispensable (pun intended.) They cut down on time at my reloading bench while maintaining the weight tolerances required for long range shooting.”


Josh Bartlett answered“I have my Dillon 650 set up with Whidden floating tool heads to do decapping and sizing on my match ammo. The case feeder and progressive function of the press save me a TON of time when doing lots of several hundred rounds.”


Ryan Brandt answered“I don’t do anything without a quality set of calipers. My reloading room is full of very nice equipment but little does more to satisfy my perfectionism than a good check with the calipers.”

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