|Ammo Make||SPEED from 1st to 6th shot, 6shot groups|
|FEDERAL GM308M||1 st shot speed 2663 fps
2nd shot speed 2599 fps
3rd shot speed 2640 fps
4th shot speed 2632 fps
5th shot speed 2621 fps
6th shot speed 2652 fps
Max speed spread = 64 fps WORSE
Average speed = 2635 fps LOWEST
168 gr Sierra HPBT
|1 st shot speed 2744 fps
2nd shot speed 2704 fps
3rd shot speed 2708 fps
4th shot speed 2694 fps
5th shot speed 2720 fps
6th shot speed 2702 fps
Max speed spread = 50 fps
Average speed = 2712 fps HIGHEST
Moly Sierra 168gr HPBT
|1 st shot speed 2681 fps
2nd shot speed 2655 fps
3rd shot speed 2648 fps
4th shot speed 2646 fps
5th shot speed 2650 fps
6th shot speed 2652 fps
Max speed spread = 35 fps
Average speed = 2655 fps
185 gr FMJBT
|1 st shot speed 2549 fps
2nd shot speed 2542 fps
3rd shot speed 2547 fps
4th shot speed 2538 fps
5th shot speed 2547 fps
6th shot speed 2540 fps
Max speed spread = 11 fps BEST
Average speed = 2544 fps
|CONCLUSIONS||The LAPUA pushes a 185gr bullet as quick as the Federal does a Sierra 168gr
The LAPUA is the winner in average spread followed closelly by the NORMA Diamond Line
All did extremely well proving the extreme quality of current out- of- the- box Match ammo
WHY RELOAD ? I am going to sell all my presses !! just a joke, what will I do those long chilly winter days without them...
The LAPUA and NORMA are on a different category considering speed variations which means precise tolerances during manufacturing.
And the winner is:
there is NO winner, as ALL performed as precise sniper rounds , but MY selection is :
NORMAīs DIAMOND LINE MATCH
shoots as good groups as the LAPUA
(I have tested both, with TANNER and BLASER rifles, and they are 1/6 MOA capable)
but the NORMA sports a Sierra 168grs Hollow point and MolyCoated, with that bullet,
you get extreme performance WITH long barrel duration. Considering todayīs barrel prices
cutting down wear and fouling IS a must.
The spanish Army switched in 1998 from the LAPUA to the NORMA so prices on the Diamond Line have gone down to regular Match ammo levels. Price IS also an important factor.
The WINCHESTER would be my third option, as it is a FEDERAL clone with 75 fps more.
The only thing I donīt like about it is that it gets dirty very soon, I keep all the Match ammo
in the same 20mm cannon, weatherproof can, and all the other makes are like new.
I donīt know why but the ammo in WIN boxes looks like it was from WWII.
The FEDERAL both the GOLD MEDAL and the PREMIUM are perfectly capable sniper ammo.
If I had to spend a long time in the US, I will use it. Availability is very important too.
To finish with the M118 LAKE CITY gets the job done,but nothig more, it is a minute of angle ammo,
maybe a little less with a good rifle. the NORMA JACKMATCH M80 is a cheap practice option
(stress shooting up to 400mts) and the REMINGTON BALISTIC TIP is my choice for hunting
with my sniper rifle, a shooting practice, I would recommend to all snipers.
Game, even though less intelligent and prepaired than the infantry soldier, ARE a great challenge
as they are much stealthier, swift and silent that him.