Recent threads have discussed variations of the 7.62MM National Match ammunition, more particularly the Mexican Match and the Special Ball. I’m probably the only competition shooter on the Forum and also the only collector of competition cartridges so I’m preaching to the choir, but here’s another interesting variation that I recently acquired.
The M852 Match was introduced to the shooting world in 1980 as the PXR 6308. The next year it was designated the XM 852 and, in 1982 officially adopted as the M852. Loaded with the Sierra 168 grain MatchKing bullet to 2550 fps, it would remain the Match standard until 1996.
The United States Marines always considered the M852 a little on the mild side and several of it’s Marksmanship Units handloaded their version of it using new brass from Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. This particular box was loaded at Quantico by the Weapons Training Battalion. “G4” designates it as high pressure load, which it apparantly is since it is not recommended for firing in any rifles but the M14 Service Rifle and the M40 Sniper Rifle. I’ve always felt that loads such as these led directly to the development and adoption of the M118 Long Range cartridge.
The bullet is the 168 grain Sierra MatchKing, powder is IMR 4895, and the case is the LC 86 MATCH.