i like shooting 168 grain sierra boat tail hollow points in my .308 winchester bolt action rifle. unfortunately, the shelves at the local gun store are just bare. none to be had.
sitting all by their lonesome on the bottom shelf were a couple boxes of speer "target match" bullets, in .308 caliber, 168 grain bthp. well, they are not sierra's. but, they are not exactly bullets from the sam t. mactavish homemade screen door and bullet company, either. i've used speers of many "makes and models" over the years, chief among the favorites being the 175 grain grand slam in 7mm caliber: it is a damned fine bullet, and i've killed a couple elk with it, the bullet performing very well. and, i've not ruled out the use of the 130 grain hot core in "jj's brit," though i am partial to the 130 grain sierra bthp in 7mm caliber for that use.
so, while i was not able to get the sierra's i wanted, having the speer's is not exactly a "make do" situation, and i expect that they will shoot well.
we'll see. i'll keep you posted as to how they shoot, as i load some 168's for long range duty.
in these times, you must learn to make do. quite simple, really.
john jay @ 03.29.2013