[quote=“JohnMoss”]One explanation given for the term “Mexican Match” is that the first use of the cartridges was by the winning competitor who used the cartridge (normal U.S. M118 Match Ball but with the bullet replaced with the Sierra 168 gr Match bullet) at the Pan-American Games of 1959 held in Mexico City.
The M118 was not introduced until 1963 as the XM118. If that story is true it would have been the T275 International Match cartridge and the bullet would have been the Sierra 168 grain International bullet.
Regarding my comments that I thought that the U.S. Army Marksmanship unit had produced Mexican Match ammo by simply removing the standard bullet, cleaning out the sealant from the neck, and replacing the projectile with the Sierra one, and Ray’s comment that he knew of no
wide-scale production of MM ammo; “it was ALWAYS something done by the competitors themselves…”, I offer the following quote:
“Because the U.S. Army’s Marksmanship Training Units had been using Sierra International Match Bullets for some time by informally producing Mexican Match ammunition, the military decided that the initial evaluation run of over 13,000 rounds would use Sierra bullets.”
[b][i]If you’ll look at my photo of the 4 AMU boxes, the lower right box is from 1962 and is loaded with the 168 grain International bullet. The AMU was producing it’s own ammo as early as 1956 and much of it was hand-loaded. The headstamp is RA 62. I’ve never seen AMU ammunition from that period that used anything but new Winchester or Remington contract cases. Pulling bullets from existing cartridges and replacing them with commercial components would have been out of character for AMU.
None of the AMU ammunition could have been used in the National Trophy or EIC matches. They never produced any National Match ammunition as far as I know. Most of their efforts were, and still are, directed toward International type competition rather than the National Matches.
I’ve no doubt that the AMU played a role in selecting the Sierra International bullet for the new M852. I think it was they who convinced Sierra to slightly modify the bullet to it’s present MatchKing profile. But, shooters were also twisting arms at DCM and they probably had more influence in the final decision to change the National Match ammunition.[/i][/b]
Reference: “Military Match Cartridges and their use in Combat: A Brief History, Part II,” Tactical Shooter Magazine, November 1998 Issue, by Hugo Teufel, pages 69, 72-75, 77-80.
This squares with information I have heard anecdotally many times, and also, I am positive, read in other sources, although this was the only source in my U.S. Military Match Ammunition file. I did not search my 7.62 NATO/.308 File because frankly, it is so large, I didn’t think it was worth the time for this particular point.
The attribution of the term “Mexican Match” comes from the same source. By the way, for anyone interested in tracking it down, Part I of the article appeared in the August 1998 Tactical Shooter, pages 65-70. It appears to be a very scholarly article, but being out of my field, I cannot judge every aspect of it, of course.