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American Handgunner March/April 2010 - Page 70
sieRRa BulleTs Family Businesses ThaT Deliver sTaRline BRass John Taffin Starline’s entire staff proves there are people behind every case you use. And any company with a dog on staff can’t be bad! PhoTos: Roy hunTingTon here are a lot of great people involved in the firearms industry including several generations of families. Two immediately coming to mind are the Hodgdon and Brownell families. I can’t imagine functioning as a shooter without H o d g d o n ’s p o w d e r s a n d the Brownells catalog which covers virtually everything else needed for gunsmithing and shooting. Another prominent family is the Hayden family headed up by Robert Hayden. Sierra started in 1947 and Robert came on board in 1969. Interestingly enough, I’ve never met Robert, however more than 20 years ago my good friend, the late Hal Swiggett, introduced me to Robert’s lovely wife Barbara and then I met their son Robert. Together they make up Sierra Bullets and Starline both of which have relocated from California back to their roots in Missouri. They have both been very helpful to me over the years. What rifle shooter doesn’t know of Sierra’s Match King Bullets? I like names instead of numbers and Sierra offers great names: Blitzking, Varminter, Pro-Hunter, Game King and T Busy as bees if you ask us. Many employees at both Sierra and Starline count their years there in decades. Management treats everyone like family. Photo: Yamil Sued Brass cups are the first step toward cartridge cases at Starline, just as cups are the first step toward jackets at Sierra. 70 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2010