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    Posted: December 10 2019 at 1:33pm
I have been working with the Sierra and Hornady 168grn bullets and doing quite well with both. Today I was introduced to a sales representative for Norma Precision at Bruno's Shooters Supply who also work in conjunction with McMillan rifle.  Both stores are located within a mile of each other.  The sales representative noticed I was buying a box of unprimed Norma. 308 cases and asked what I planned on using as a projectile.  My response was the Sierra TMK 168grn bullet. He then lead me out to his van and produced a box of 180grn Norma Vulkan bullets. His assertion is that these will outperform Sierra and Hornady combined. My question to the group.  Has anyone used this bullet and if so,what were the results?
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They might, Norma makes good stuff.
There's only one way to really tell though. Did he at least give you a "Dealers sample" to find out?
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He gave me the box. There's 100 of them in it...
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I am using 40.0grns of the Norma 202 powder, Norma cases and WLRM primers. When I get everything setup, I will test 25 of the Vulkan against 25 of my Hornady and 25 of my Sierra loads.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pukka Bundook Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2019 at 7:55pm
They make a very similar bullet in 6.5, or they Used to Goosic.
 
V nice projectiles too.
Makes a Very fine hunting bullet as well.
 
If you get the chance, also try the Lapua D-46.  Rebated boattail. Been in use in Finland since the 30's and a fantastic bullet.
It'll shoot when all others fail.  (7,83mm, or .308", 185 gr )
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Interesting bullet shape, I've not seen one before.  Does it feed ok from the magazine, I assume your going to shoot these thru your No. 4 and 5 7.62?
 
Not sure how that bullet shape could outperform a SMK or Hornady Match bullet.  I guess it depends on what performance parameter he was talking about.  Velocity, accuracy, expansion?  Match bullets and hunting bullets are used for different things. 
 
Will be interesting to see the results Goosic.  
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Sweet! Christmas came early!
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More so for the No5 britrifles.  If this pans out,my intentions will be to use the No5 as my brush rifle next deer season.  As far as accuracy goes,it will be very interesting to see if the sales representatives claims are as truthful as he states. Here is the write up. It doesn't provide info on what rifle was used except that the test barrel is 1-10" and 40.0grns of Norma 202 powder. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2019 at 12:03pm
This will be interesting to see how it compares to the Sierra's. Does the salesman know how well you shoot? If not, it might be worth inviting him to demonstrate how good his bullets are with a modern rifle, then show what can be done with a 70 year old rifle!
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Truth be known,I am very skeptical that these are going to group better then the Sierra TMK or the Hornady A-Max bullets.  I am going to use my Remington M700P for the baseline tests and then use the No4Mk2 for the follow up testing in which I will reign it back to 100 yards...
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I look forward to seeing the results.

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