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McCourt Munitions, LLC is a manufacturer of high precision, match ammunition.

While the FFL to load commercially is new, I have been building high quality ammunition for my own use for many years. I have been competing in shooting sports since 1991. Everything from IPSC & IDPA, to 3 gun, to precision/tactical, and F-class. 2006 I finished 9th F-open at US F-class National Championships, 2007 I finished 4th F-open. Due to a job change I have been unable to compete at USFCNC from 2008 through 2011. I expect to be back at USFCNC in 2012 and to make several precision/tactical matches during 2012. In short, McCourt Munitions specializes in your specialty so you don’t have to worry about your ammunition performing as needed.

308 Match ammunition is available for factory barreled, longer lead chambers and for custom barreled, shorter lead chambers. Factory barreled rifles such as FN SPR, AI AE/AW, Rem 700 PSS/5R, or Win 70 HBV/Stealth benefit from our load optimized for longer lead chambers.
Running a GAP, Spartan, KMW, Score High, or other custom built 308? McCourt Munitions offers loaded ammunition that is optimized around the shorter lead found in these custom built rifles.

McCourt Munitions 260 Remington ammunition is offered in several configurations, depending on reamer used to chamber barrel. E-mail or PM me so we can get you ammunition that has been optimized for the chamber in your rifle.
KMW 260, we have a load for that.
260 Tac Match, we have a load for that.
260 Rem SAAMI min spec, we have a load for that.
Powder charge and OAL have been developed specifically around dimensions of each chamber mentioned above.

McCourt Munitions also offers custom loads, tailored exactly to your rifle. Contact me for details on this service.

Are you looking for a way to keep your rifle ammunition costs down? McCourt Munitions will reload your fired brass. Some restrictions apply, contact me for details.

Introduction pricing, good from 19 Oct to 15 Nov. 2011, is as follows:
308 Win Match in Winchester brass with 168 A-max $1/rd
308 Win Match in Winchester brass with 178 A-max $1/rd
308 Win Match in Winchester brass with 175 SMK $1.05/rd
260 Rem Competition Match in RP brass with 139 Scenar $1.35/rd
260 Rem Competition Match in RP brass with 142 SMK $1.30/rd
243 Win Premium Match in Lapua brass with BN 115 DTAC $1.70/rd
Shipping charges will be actual shipping cost. McCourt Munitions does not make money on getting the ammunition to you.

Website is being built as quickly as possible.
Short term, please send me a PM or an e-mail with any questions you may have.

Andrew McCourt
McCourt Munitions, LLC
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I am doing some testing with some of Andrew's ammo right now. He has been more than accommodating and diligent about getting it perfect. The initial testing results were good and we are fine tuning things up right now.

It will be another week before I can post results as I have a commitment this weekend.

I know this, he is very knowledgeable about his practice.

Good Luck Andrew
 

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I’ll run some #s but I’m not going to be $1 / rd for 6.5 Creed with any brass, powder, primer and bullet combo.

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Pictures from a customer.
Top is custom load for his AI with 6.5 Creed barrel.
Bottom is PRIME 130.
Both are 5 shot groups @ 100.

I’ll never be able to load ammo as cheap as Federal, Hornady, Winchester, Remington or any company utilizing fully automated equipment.
Tighter tolerance, tuned to a specific rifle is more my business model.

Recently did ammo for two factory Rem 700s in 6.5 Creed, there was an appreciable difference between load that shot best in both rifles. Two brothers owned the rifles, while ammo could be used interchangeably between rifles in a pinch, for optimized performance each rifle needed a separate load. NM hunt, smaller animal with potential for a 4-600 yard shot so accuracy at distance was goal.

I’m more quality and tighter tolerance, keep cost as low as I can but I’m almost always going to be more expensive than COTS ammo.
 

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One “advantage” is I will remanufacture your fired brass, must go back into original chamber fired from. Each brand of brass will be a different load due to vary case capacities so ideally all one brand of brass to minimize the # of test series needed to define load.

I do some “special” calibers also.
 

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One DTA factory covert 16” (don’t like the bull pup design though, might sell it)

Tac ops Sierra 22” i think they use Krieger

First build 308 24” krieger

Ax short action factory 18”
Axmc factory 22”. Haven’t shot it yet though.
 

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Any interest in 223 bolt gun ammo?
9 twist factory barrel shoots 73 Berger Match BT, 70 Berger VLD, 69 TMK or similar pretty well.
Rem 700 5R as an example.

8 twist or faster (limited factory options) would allow for heavier, higher BC bullet option like 75 / 80 A-max / ELD-M, 75-80 VLD or similar.
Tikka offers an 8 twist and RPR has 7 twist.

Custom rifle with fast twist and AICS type magazine, one can load to longer OAL for enhanced performance.
 

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Cheapest, easiest way to best accuracy from your rifle is ammo tuned to your rifle. You’ll learn more and faster with ammo that completes the “system”.
Obviously there is some shooter error in there. The reman ammo is as good as it gets. Cuts it down half of what i was getting with the best factory ammo in MHO, Berger.

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I do have a 185 Juggernaut load that I know works well for AI factory barrels, a load for custom barreled rifles with shorter freebore chamber. 308 shooters with factory chambered barrels (Rem 700, Win 70 Stealth, FN SPR, etc.), some adjustments need to be made, possible to make shoot well but that is a contact me kind of deal.
100 yd group, 1/2” grid on target

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200 yd group, inside of diamond is 0.8” inside white tip to inside white tip.D08A987A-C340-4EFA-AE0F-990498990D22.jpeg
 

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For anybody not familiar with FCS, he is as solid as they come. I've known him a very long time.

His ammo is everything he says it will be. So if you want to get your rifle shooting as best as possible, I have absolutely no hesitation giving my endorsement to FCS and McCourt Munitions.
 

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Did a little testing today.
185 Juggernaut in Win 70 HBV, TBM mags, Mk4 16x, Red Tac gear “tactical pillow”.
McCourt Munitions, Tac Match
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100 yds, 5 rds with a “don’t blow it, awww crap, I blew it” shot in there to keep me humble.
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200 yds, 5 rds
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Tac Match 185 Juggernaut in virgin brass is $1.45 / rd plus actual shipping.
 
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I’ll run some #s but I’m not going to be $1 / rd for 6.5 Creed with any brass, powder, primer and bullet combo.

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Pictures from a customer.
Top is custom load for his AI with 6.5 Creed barrel.
Bottom is PRIME 130.
Both are 5 shot groups @ 100.

I’ll never be able to load ammo as cheap as Federal, Hornady, Winchester, Remington or any company utilizing fully automated equipment.
Tighter tolerance, tuned to a specific rifle is more my business model.

Recently did ammo for two factory Rem 700s in 6.5 Creed, there was an appreciable difference between load that shot best in both rifles. Two brothers owned the rifles, while ammo could be used interchangeably between rifles in a pinch, for optimized performance each rifle needed a separate load. NM hunt, smaller animal with potential for a 4-600 yard shot so accuracy at distance was goal.

I’m more quality and tighter tolerance, keep cost as low as I can but I’m almost always going to be more expensive than COTS ammo.
How does the process work for you to do ammo that is customized to an AI. I use a non--stock 6.5 Creedmoor barrel made by Robert Gradous
 
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I'm warning you up front - If you start down the road with McCourt Munitions, you'll lose all interest in reloading your own ammo.
Spent some time talking to Andrew today...actually a lot of time.

What a gentleman...

I am going down this road...my wife won't be happy
 

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Spoke to him in the phone for a bit.
Next thing I know, I have Ammo at my door.
Doesn’t get any better than that.
Proceed with confidence.
 
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Nice shooting blbennett1288!

Custom ammo, IMHO, is about a partnership between the shooter and the ammo maker to optimize the system (shooter, rifle, ammo, optics, etc.), removes as many variables as possible. If a shot isn't on call, it means shooter missed a variable be it in mirage, movement of grass, how a flag changed direction or momentary lapse in focus. Goal of McCourt Munitions is to give customers ammo that removes any doubts, subconscious or otherwise, that the ammo or system caused the shot to be off call. I know for me, when I went to my first true custom built rifle, high precision scale so charges were held to tighter tolerance that I started seeing root causes instead of chalking up that off call shot to ammo or scope or rifle or anything besides the fact that I had missed a condition change.

Nik H - Pleasure chatting with you, look forward to working with you to get your Gradous barreled AI shooting really well!

Mr. Gradous - Thank you for providing the information to Nik H on the chamber dimensions! I will do my best to make ammo that is worthy of the chamber you have crafted for Nik H.

brianf - May the Ws cooperate so you get range time soon! I'm looking forward to seeing / reading / hearing how the ammo performed in your rifles.


6.5 Creedmoor shooters - I'm working on finalizing a "generic" load with 123 SMKs. Initial testing was done with a Beanland built Surgeon 591 with Kreiger barrel, a GAP built Win 70 with Bartlein barrel and a stock RPR. Once testing is done, will have that ammo available so a phone call and CC will have ammo on the way to you.

185 Juggernaut in virgin brass is ready to go, just a phone call and CC # away from being shipped to you. Same load as used when I shot groups with the SAC Alpha11, 18" Bartlein barrel and factory Win 70 HBV w/FN TBM. If you want a TS, so load is optimized to your rifle that can be done but will take additional time.
 

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I am currently using Hornady match ammo in 308 155gr ELDM running 2900fps in my 26” Howa 1500 with no pressure signs.

Is this a load you could improve upon? If I could send that 155gr at 3000fps, that would be amazing.
 

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Good question aslrookie.
Palma shooters are nominally in the 3000 fps range with a 155 but they are running 30" barrels. I'll do a little testing but velocity without accuracy isn't very useful, IMHO. I'll venture a guesstimate that 2925-2950 w/155 from a 26" barrel is about all one can get from a temp stable, single base powder. Possible to get a little more velocity from a double base ball powder but that comes with some other "issues" / challenges.
Shorter version - Unlikely I can get you 3000 fps but I'll do a little testing to see what I can get from a 26" barreled 308.
 
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Good question aslrookie.
Palma shooters are nominally in the 3000 fps range with a 155 but they are running 30" barrels. I'll do a little testing but velocity without accuracy isn't very useful, IMHO. I'll venture a guesstimate that 2925-2950 w/155 from a 26" barrel is about all one can get from a temp stable, single base powder. Possible to get a little more velocity from a double base ball powder but that comes with some other "issues" / challenges.
Shorter version - Unlikely I can get you 3000 fps but I'll do a little testing to see what I can get from a 26" barreled 308.
I got excited when I saw berger made ammo that was using their 155.5 full bore bullet which has a slightly higher BC than the 155 ELDM and going 3000fps. Then I read further down that Berger based that off of a 30” barrel at sea level.
 

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I'm an admitted fan of heavier, higher BC bullets but do understand the appeal of the lighter, faster bullets. If majority of your shooting is inside of 500, then lighter bullets don't give up much to the heavier bullets. Going past 600, out to 1K regularly, then the heavier bullets start having an appreciable advantage in drift and at some point, drop also. You are WAY out there to see the heavies start to win in drop though so it really isn't a KEY factor in the equation. I do put a lot of value on better drift as windage is harder to judge than is distance with all the higher performance LRFs available to shooters today.
Lighter bullets tend to be a little easier to shoot well; less dwell time in barrel, a different recoil impulse that many shooters find more palletable and maybe slightly more forgiving of poor technique / follow through due to before mentioned factors.

One option for you might be to have the Hornady brass remanufactured with the higher BC Berger bullet to gain you what performance advantage can be found with slightly higher BC and velocity.
 

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Based on what I ran for the ballistics, the 155 outperforms the heavier bullets in retaining velocity and flatter trajectory out to 1300yds. The heavier bullets do buck the wind a little better but the faster bullet also has a shorter time of flight.

Considering 90% of my shooting is within 1000 yards, it just makes more sense to shoot the flatter/faster bullet.

The only other option I’ve considered for factory ammo is the hornady superperformance 168gr eld load that’s running 2850fps, but the reviews I read said it recoils like a 30-06 which is bad for positional shooting.
 

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Real world data is a little different.
If 155s were all that, 185 Juggernaut wouldn’t be so popular in F T/R.
Alright, I will try a couple boxes of the 185's and see how it works compared to my 155's. Ironically the 155's are more expensive. What do you guys charge for a 185 load?
 

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Who is ready for some 260?
Test rifle is a Spartan Precision built RSR action, Bartlein 26” bbl, McM A3, 260 Tac Match chamber with 0.088” freebore.
Ammo is RP brass w/139 Scenar, H4350 & GM210M
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Forgot bipod, had to use a front rest today.
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Blue load, only had 4 rds

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Orange load

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Green load

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Purple load

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Black load.

200 yd groups, scanning through loads.
7-10 mph wind, from behind to 3:30-4 o’clock.
When I get back to shop, will measure groups so you have #s to work with.
 

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6.5 Creed w/123 SMK
Tested one load in 3 rifles: Factory RPR, Win 70 CRPF built by GAP, Surgeon 591 barreled by Beanland.AAFD03BD-B5A5-46D2-BB09-877AE7E3D2C3.jpegE29C3874-3A68-4B04-B630-8B285B66B266.jpeg46F258D3-A979-484C-89AC-FFA5F1B5E78D.jpeg

100 yd groups, 5rds each rifle
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200 yd groups, 5 rds each rifle.
Yep, gust caught me on group for Win 70.
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123 SMK @ 2922 from RPR, 2990 from the customs.
 

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Here's why you buy McCourt Munitions. This is a picture of a 3/4 IPSC target at 1000 yards in 7-8 mph cross wind. 140 vld bullets for my 260 tikka t3x tac1 (out of the box - NO mods). The left-right wind calls are on me, but the vertical distribution has a lot to do with how consistently the rounds are manufactured (particularly variations in velocity). Rounds produced by McCourt Munitions have the highest shot to shot reproducibility of any manufacturer I've shot. The vertical ES is 1-7/8" at 1000 yards in this picture. It's not the first time, and it wont be last that I'll get groups this good shooting his ammo (better wind calls will help).
Work with McCourt Munitions. It won't take long before you're better shooter than you think.
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223 / 5.56 SBR or pistol shooters, would you like less bark and same bite?
60 V-max @ 2570 fps from a 10.5” bbl
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5 rds from a 10.5” bbl, 100 yds using a 3-9 Burris MSR scope.
Appreciably less heating of can, recoil and concussion if shooting w/o a suppressor attached.
 

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223 / 5.56 SBR or pistol shooters, would you like less bark and same bite?
60 V-max @ 2570 fps from a 10.5” bbl
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5 rds from a 10.5” bbl, 100 yds using a 3-9 Burris MSR scope.
Appreciably less heating of can, recoil and concussion if shooting w/o a suppressor attached.
Nice!

How's it do out of 16-18"?
 

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I have a different load for the 16-18” ARs.
60Vmax, 62 TSX, 65 SGK, 69 SMK, 73 Berger MBT and 77 SMK are some of the bullets I have loads for. Bbl length, port location, buffer weight, etc have an influence on what load shoots best.

10.5” bbls I’ve found benefit from a different load, same velocity but less “bark”, less heating of suppressor.
 
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300WM shooters, who is ready for some 215 Berger hybrid ammo?
I have a known load that works well in factory AI chamber, SAAMI chamber and A191 chamber.
You do need ability to run a longer OAL, Rem 700 LA hinged floor plate or similar, AICS 300 WM or similar works fine but I’m longer than SAAMI 3.370” with the 215s.

I’ll also reman the fired brass (going back into same chamber) so you’ll save some $ and gain a little accuracy with formed brass too.

PM & / or email works best.