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Gary8907

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For a long time I've been under the impression that "Gold Dot" was specific to Speer bullets (Trademark), but I think that I've been wrong all this time. In order to increase my inventories of bullets (.223, .277, .308 and .310) I've been cruising through the various web-sites that sell bullets, and I've seen the term "Gold Dot" applied to Speer, Federal and Nosler bullets (there may be more, but those are the manufacturers that I've noticed the most). So my naïve question is; what does the term "Gold Dot" really mean ? Thanks, Gary
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Gold Dot is a Trademark of Speer, but other ammunition companies use the Gold Dot bullet in their ammunition. Federal XM68GD Ammo for the 6.8 is Federal loading Speer Gold Dot bullets for example.

Or, are you saying you are seeing just projectiles being referred to as Gold Dots by the other companies?

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Mark,    Thanks for your reply. I guess I should have looked a little closer at what I was seeing on the adds. Not all of the adds show the Speer registered trademark (circle R) so I just assumed that they were touting their own brand of Gold Dot (you know what happens when you "assume"). The projectile add that I am looking at is from American Reloading, and it's for 55 grain .223 "Gold Dot" projectiles, and the price seems pretty good to me. Thanks again for setting me straight.

https://americanreloading.com/en/22-caliber-222-227/1894-223-55gr-gold-dot-1000ct.html
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Those are Gold Dots Gary... Yep you got it right. They do make them in a lot of calibers. I happen to actually have the 64 grain GD's loaded up in my .223 ammo as well.
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i bought 2000 64gr gold dots and 3000 55gr gold dots for my 5.56 reloading. the the 64's are done and i just finished priming 1200 cases for the 55's yesterday. in my 64 shipments there were almost 20 75gr gold dots
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I'd seen the .224 64gr GDs and been tempted to try them; wasn't aware they also produced them in 55gr.  Hmm... very tempting!

Another .224 bullet I've had awesome results with in medium-sized (40~125lb) targets is the 62gr MK-318 SOST.  Midway had an over-run of these a few years back, I bought 2 or 3 k.  They are decently accurate (much better than standard M193 or M855) and have produced enough 1-shot kills on critters larger than AZ Zombie Jackrabbits to make a believer out of me.

Image result for Mk-318 bullet

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i've got a bunch of the Mk319 308 bullets, have some ladders loaded up but haven't had the chance to shoot them yet
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I have a bunch of load data with 130gr MK319 SOST in x40s posted here in the forum.  Exceedingly accurate and impressive results. Another former member has tested the MK319s in his .30 HRT with equally impressive results.  This seems like a kick-ass bullet.

I also have limited data with these and the .30 Sabercat - also impressive.  I have more ladders loaded, but 2 weeks of 100+ temps have hindered my range time.

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I have a bunch of load data with 130gr MK319 SOST in x40s posted here in the forum.  Exceedingly accurate and impressive results. Another former member has tested the MK319s in his .30 HRT with equally impressive results.  This seems like a kick-ass bullet.

I also have limited data with these and the .30 Sabercat - also impressive.  I have more ladders loaded, but 2 weeks of 100+ temps have hindered my range time.


i'll check it out, i've got about 3000 new bullets, not pulls
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Swampgas, are you willing to sell any of the 319's ?
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Swampgas, are you willing to sell any of the 319's ?


not at this time, they were hard to find and pricey as well. once i find an accurate load i'll load a 1000 or so and then might part with some of them
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I have about 1000  6.8mm 90gr GD and am very impressed with there bonded performance. NE Reloading had a bunch of 55gr 223 pulled GD for sale so I grabbed 1000 of them. I might have preferred the 63gr but I'm sure the 55's are pretty tough and they will work in my older 1/12 twist AR's and bolt actions. They are also my favorite pistol bullet next to Winchester Rangers/Talons.
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