Black Hills Ammunition's Factory New Rifle - No one can deny that when it comes to serious shooting we all have preferences. Serious preferences. We're talking favorite calibers. Particular loads. Bullets designed for specific tasks. With that in mind, Black Hills Ammunition selects bullets from the industries finest manufactures. Good folks like Sierra, Hornady, Barnes and Nosler. This ensures that when the bonafide shooter peruses Black Hills' Factory New Rifle Ammunition line, a myriad of options await. Though being as downright particular as they are, they already started the process by carefully developing loads of optimum performance and accuracy. Black Hills hope you don't mind. Grandpa's hand loads spoiled every last one of them.
Posted by john T on 20th Nov 2013
Excellent product- .75 MOA at 200 yards will compete with any factory ammo or hand loads. Will reorder as long as this load is carried .. I use it in a RRA 20 inch heavy stainless barrel with a 1 x 8 twist..Great quality
Posted by Nameless on 20th Nov 2012
Ventura Munitions shipped my order of this hard-to-find round on time; however, the shells were rattling around inside the boxes, because both boxes had been severely damaged in transit. Black Hills ships its factory new rounds in very sturdy black plastic holders, which keep each individual round upright. However, Ventura placed the boxes inside a plain cardboard box with minimal padding, which allowed the plastic round holders to shatter in the cold as they were tossed around the UPS truck during the nearly 3K mile journey cross country. I am looking forward to testing these rounds to make sure I don't have FTF from shell damage caused by the poor packaging. Of note, I have bought several boxes of this round (and the 50 Gr. Barnes TSX, which is also hard to find at a good price nowadays) from other companies. I have never had the boxes destroyed in transit, primarily because other vendors use superior packaging (air pouches, cardboard surrounding the boxes inside the main box, etc.).
Posted by Unknown on 16th Oct 2012
I experimented with some BH ammo in hopes of MOA accuracy with my Sig 556. This ammo performed no better than standard Federal. I'll stick with handloads for accuracy.
Posted by Lee Clark on 6th Jul 2012
Next to precision handloads, this round outshoots any other commercial match grade .223 ammo I've shot from my RRA NM AR-15. In testing, it consistently shoots 1/2 MOA groups; better than Federal Gold Match 77 gr, Hornady 75 gr and Atlanta Arms 77gr (ammo currently shot by the USAMU at 200 & 300 yds). Although I normally shoot handload 80 gr Berger VLD at 600 yds, this round is a close second--especially in zero or very light winds. It truly is the best "across the course" round if one only wants to use a single load for all three ranges in EIC competition. At about $1 per round, it's expensive. But for someone who isn't set up for precision handloading but still wants guaranteed accuracy, this is the go-to round to score "X" and 10 hits.
Posted by I Marine on 4th Dec 2011
Iordered a case after reading this... and it was the best investment I have made so far.
"The Mk 262 is a match quality round manufactured by Black Hills Ammunition made originally for the Special Purpose Rifle (SPR). It uses a 77-grain (5.0 g) bullet that is more effective at longer ranges than the standard issue M855 round.
Two versions of the round have been procured to date. Initial production runs, designated Mark 262 Mod 0, lacked a cannelure. Subsequent production, designated Mk 262 Mod 1, added a cannelure to the bullet for effective crimping.
According to US DoD sources, the Mk 262 round is capable of making kills at 700 meters. Ballistics tests found that the round caused "consistent initial yaw in soft tissue" at more than 300 meters. Apparently it is superior to the standard M855 round when fired from an M4 or M16 rifle. It evidently possesses superior stopping power, and can allow for engagements to be extended to up to 700 meters. It appears that this round can drastically improve the performance of any AR15 platform weapon chambered to .223/5.56 mm. Superior accuracy, wounding capacity, stopping power and range power has made this the preferred round of many Special Forces operators, and highly desirable as a replacement for the older, Belgian-designed 5.56×45mm M855 NATO round. Hard target penetration is slightly decreased.
Posted by Sam Lapin on 4th Dec 2011
This load shoots ragged single holes with all my rifles having 1:10 or faster. This is my third box and so far only targets. Planning varmint hunt and will take this as my primary. Have never seen a round that shoots like this... I didnt know my rifles were even capable... nor I