Alternatives for 220 SMK?

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Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by kR-15 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:10 am

Has anyone found a similar boat tail projectile to the SMK for sale? I love the 220 gr SMK but wish I could find something a little less expensive for subsonic plinking
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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by rjacobs » Sun Dec 08, 2013 1:08 pm

If you can find the 208g AMAX they are between 8 and 10 bucks less per box and are on par or better accuracy than the 220g SMK. I have been paying 32-35 bucks a box locally when in stock and SMK's are like 44+.

Some people have had success with the 208 MATCH, but I have no experience.

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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by pvanwagner » Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:53 pm

rjacobs wrote:If you can find the 208g AMAX they are between 8 and 10 bucks less per box and are on par or better accuracy than the 220g SMK. I have been paying 32-35 bucks a box locally when in stock and SMK's are like 44+.
I agree. The 208 AMAX are great. Sandy Smallwood down near Newnan, GA has boxes of them. He also had a couple of pounds of H110 left a couple of days ago. He's got all sorts of powders but no LilGun or A1680.

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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by EAC-71 » Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:01 pm

I use to load mostly Hornady 225 BTHP but those have been gone a while. I have shot quite a lot of 208 BTHP Hornady match bullets with great sucess. Those are mostly what I am able to find locally. I just picked up a box of 208 A Max that I have yet to load.

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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by sranch » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:57 pm

I make subsonic rounds all the way down to 155 grains with my carbine length gas system all the time. Now I have a pistol length gas system so I can go down to 147 FMJ which I get for $0.14 a piece.
viewtopic.php?f=141&t=84221&p=789029


I make 168 and 175s from Grafs for just for plinking all the time. Less than $0.28
https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/pr ... ctId/26343

I also make 200s and 220 which are under $0.38 at okweber.com or Bruno's shooters supply

But if you have the time make 230 grain cast bullets! They are basically free if you can get lead wheel weights or a few cents if you start from raw lead.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/938614 ... ive-radius

Basically if its 30 cal I've made it. Just use Accurate 1680!

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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by Sharkbite » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:14 pm

Ive played around with Sierra 220 round nose (30-30 bullet). Finding a suitable powder for sub use is darn near impossible in my neck of the woods. It has feed just fine loaded to 2.049 OAL

Chrono at 1035 avg. just cant get it to cycle and lock bolt. When my form4 comes in i might have better luck with the added back pressure from the can.... I hope

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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by kR-15 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:54 pm

Thanks for all the responses gang!

@sranch-do you powder coat your cast bullets?
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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by zero1 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:46 am

sranch wrote: Now I have a pistol length gas system so I can go down to 147 FMJ which I get for $0.14 a piece.
viewtopic.php?f=141&t=84221&p=789029
Is that true? I've always heard that 208 gr. is as light as an AR15 will reliably cycle for subs. If even 147 gr. will cycle as subs in ARs, I think that would open the door to a lot more people, me included. Can somebody verify this?

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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by randyrucker » Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:55 am

I use the 200 gr SMK. It's a little cheaper and works fine.

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Re: Alternatives for 220 SMK?

Post by sranch » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:40 pm

zero1 wrote:
sranch wrote: Now I have a pistol length gas system so I can go down to 147 FMJ which I get for $0.14 a piece.
viewtopic.php?f=141&t=84221&p=789029
Is that true? I've always heard that 208 gr. is as light as an AR15 will reliably cycle for subs. If even 147 gr. will cycle as subs in ARs, I think that would open the door to a lot more people, me included. Can somebody verify this?
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