Thursday, May 8, 2014

Touring Sierra Bullets

After we registered at the BAM conference we hooked up with our friends, Jim and Donna Friel.  We were discussing what to do next and I mentioned that I had always wanted to tour the Sierra Bullets manufacturing facility.  Betty did some online investigation and found tours were available at about any time without reservation.

Sure as shootin’, pun intended, we were escorted on an hour-long journey showing the entire process of construction and ending in the underground testing range with the aroma of burned nitrocellulose.  They take lead billets and copper sheet and turn them into millions of handgun and rifle bullets and .22 cal, 6mm and .30 cal jackets of the highest quality.

Our host was charming.  He had worked for the company since it’s mover from California to Missouri twenty-some years ago.  We had a great time and learned a lot.  The business is running three shifts and adding equipment but they are still a year and a half behind in filling orders.  I would highly recommend the visit to interested persons.  I could see spending a lot more time studying the precision machinery.

If we had more time I would have liked to tour the next door facility Starline Brass which is owned by the same family.  They make high quality brass jackets for reloading.

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