What’s the difference between target and hunting rounds? Sako Cartridges’ Aki Suvilahti says the biggest difference is in the manufacturing process.
The hollowpoint boat-tail bullets that Sako makes for its hunting cartidges have to be manufactured more precisely than solid target ammunition.
“Production consistency is all about accuracy,” he says.
Sako makes boat-tail match ammunition for target-shooting, too. A boat-tail also means you can have more length in your bullet, and more length means a higher ballistic coefficient (BC).
“The higher the BC, the flatter the trajectory,” says Aki.
He shows off Sako’s TRG Precision match cartridge loaded with a boattail bullet as an example. “This is very fast,” he says. “We prefer heavier bullets for this, because these rounds are used for long-range shots, and heavier bullets are less affected by the wind.”