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wolf match extra made by Eley?

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Sorry if this has been discussed- no luck find info on RFC or elsewhere online.

I just received an order of Wolf Match Extra from a distributor in NC; according to the box, it was made in England by Eley, and in fact, case heads are stamped with an E, the box is plastic with an Eley-like sliding top and the lot number format is the same as Eley.

Everything I've read indicated that WMT, WME, SK Standard Plus and SK Rifle Match are made in the same facility, on the same line, by Lapua in Germany. I entered the lot number of the WME in the Eley lot analyzer- lot not found.

Has anyone compared the Lapua and Eley versions?

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An interesting "Eley" find beelu.

It seems as though after doing an advance search here on RFC and adding "1 year and older" to the search pattern that SK production of Wolf and American sales of both Wolf and SK must have begun better than 13 years ago.

One site on the web has Wolf starting in 2005 although I'm thinking another saying Wolf started in 1996 is likely more accurate.
I don't know when it started but I shot Wolf in 2004.
So at least 14 years, Wolf has been around for some time.

My information on SK being sold along side with Wolf in America for 13 years is not correct. I looked up information here on RFC and the persons post had been updated which I didn't notice (too tired :( ) at the time.

So I had to dig some more wanting to find out just how long SK was being sold here in the U.S. Well I now believe I have much more accurate information on the "Then new SK".

It appears as though SK has been available here in America for 10 years.

Here's an article from, Sporting Shooter.........

1 December 2008

SK's state of the art rimfire ammo

The article's first sentence reads.

Here's a new line of rimfire ammo which not only meets CIP industry standards, but exceeds them! Made by Lapua-Germany SK rimfire ammo opens up a whole new ball game for .22 LR shooters.
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Like MKnarr, I started shooting SK around 15 years ago, and it was not a new thing to the older shooters at the club who introduced me to it.
But you must mean "Wolf" and not SK ? MKnarr didn't say he shot SK he said he shot Wolf.
I tried the Eley version of WME today. First thing that I noticed was the smell of the burned powder- it smells exactly like the German-made WMT, SK Standard Plus and SK Rifle match. Maybe they are using the same powder? None of the other ammo I've shot smells like that.
Lapua uses the same (inert dry prime, water activated method) that Eley uses. The smell likely comes from the added acrylic polymer or added varnish (mentholated spirit thinned shellac) used in this priming method which helps retain the primer within the case.

German made Lapua/SK/Wolf uses VihtaVuori powder, both belong to the (Capstone Precision Group). My guess is that VihtaVuori also makes Lapua's primer.There are so few powder manufactures around that I'd think it certainly possible that Eley and Lapua could be using the same primer composition.

Lapua and Eley certainly have very similar looking primer.

Our noses possess highly accurate receptors, what they're sensing is the same additive.
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