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  • Winchester

    8 21.05%
  • Remington/UMC

    4 10.53%
  • Blazer/Speer

    4 10.53%
  • PMC

    3 7.89%
  • Fiocchi

    1 2.63%
  • Sellier & Bellot

    1 2.63%
  • Magtech

    2 5.26%
  • Federal/American Eagle

    5 13.16%
  • Whatever is cheapest

    14 36.84%
  • None, I load my own ammo

    11 28.95%
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Thread: A Poll on Preferred Range Ammunition

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    A Poll on Preferred Range Ammunition

    I'd like to know what brand of range ammunition is most popular. I realize that these choices may not be ideal, but they should be sufficient enough for the purpose of this poll.
    Last edited by cbpeck; 11-10-2010 at 07:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbpeck View Post
    I'd like to know what brand of range ammunition is most popular. I realize that these choices may not be ideal, but they should be sufficient enough for the purpose of this poll.
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    My favorites depend on which gun I'm shooting. In my 10/22 I like the Federal 40 gr. LRN for accuracy. The 36 gr, copper plated HP is almost as good.

    For my .380 and my .45acp, I like either Magtech or PMC for reliable feeding. I've never had issues with either one of those.

    For my New Model Convertible Blackhawk in .38/.357/9mm I use what I can get. It's a revolver and feeding isn't an issue. That holds true for the Uberti replica Colt SAA .45 as well, for the most pat, although I will note here that I bought a box of Winchester .45 ammo that had a couple of rounds that hadn't been sufficiently crimped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookman View Post
    I will note here that I bought a box of Winchester .45 ammo that had a couple of rounds that hadn't been sufficiently crimped.
    Interesting you say this. The other day I shot some Winchester white box .45 from Wal-Mart and had some issues. I didn't look closely enough at the ammo to tell if the rounds were properly crimped (probably should have), but several rounds out of the box, almost right next to each other, FTF in my Kimber. I've probably put 3k rds through that gun over the past three years and it has never - not once - failed to feed or failed to eject anything I fed it. Furthermore, I followed the Winchester up with some UMC ammo and it functioned perfectly.

    That Winchester ammo is dirty too. I've said it before, but this time I think I mean it... I won't buy WWB again.

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    Fussy about carry and hunting ammo but practice ammo is whatever is available and cheapest. On the range I can afford a few fail to loads or fail to fires, good practice in clearing your weapon if nothing else but when the flag is flying I want everything to go.

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    cheapest ammo for me.

    if my gun will gladly feed dirt cheap ammo, then higher quality ammo should be of no issue, IMO
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    Cheapest available works for me, which seems to be the red box of Federal for the pistols and the Remington green box of 550 rds for .22LR. The .40 S&W seems to be fine but the 9mm Federal always has a bunch of carbon landing on my shooting hand after about 10-12 rounds fired. I don't think it's the design of the XD(M) that is the contributing factor as I've fired the same brand ammo out of my friend's .40 XD(M) and it didn't have this problem.

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    I don't load practice ammunition. I load for every handgun caliber I have and every rifle caliber that I use on a regular basis.

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    No option for Georgia Arms - factory reloads.
    http://www.georgia-arms.com/
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    I usually buy factory reloads for plinking....or whatever is cheapest.
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    "Whatever's cheapest," provided it's brass-cartridged FMJ so that it feeds reliably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    No option for Georgia Arms - factory reloads.
    http://www.georgia-arms.com/
    It was difficult narrowing down the numerous options of ammunition to just 10. I figured that most factory reloads fall into the "whatever's cheapest" category, but I suppose this doesn't address the possibility that one choses to shoot a specific type of reload for reasons beyond price (i.e. cleanliness, availability, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    No option for Georgia Arms - factory reloads.
    http://www.georgia-arms.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by cbpeck View Post
    It was difficult narrowing down the numerous options of ammunition to just 10. I figured that most factory reloads fall into the "whatever's cheapest" category, but I suppose this doesn't address the possibility that one choses to shoot a specific type of reload for reasons beyond price (i.e. cleanliness, availability, etc).
    Actually a very commendable job - there is a such a wide array when you get into factory reloads.

    Georgia Arms manufactures high quality, consistent, clean shooting ammo in various loadings, but is likely not as accessible to some as it is to me - they come to local shows, so I can call ahead and save the freight by picking up there - effectively lowering the price.
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    cast my own bullets and load my own ammo save money to buy more gun stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Actually a very commendable job - there is a such a wide array when you get into factory reloads.

    Georgia Arms manufactures high quality, consistent, clean shooting ammo in various loadings, but is likely not as accessible to some as it is to me - they come to local shows, so I can call ahead and save the freight by picking up there - effectively lowering the price.
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    Let's see...

    1. Whatever's cheapest
    2. Load your own
    3. Winchester

    You know what's funny? I like to plink, but just not all that much. Even if I had an unlimited supply of firearms and ammo, along with free range time and targets, I'd still hit the range only four to six times a year. How often are most LEOs required to practice? FBI field agents? Air Marshals? Others?

    What I enjoy most about going to the range is staying proficient, but that's accomplished with just three or four magazines (16 rounds ea). Beyond that, or any more often than two or three months, the fun wears thin.
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