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Old 04-01-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Hi guys, I am expecting my Ruger SR to come in at any time, I ordered it a couple of weeks ago, and was wondering what brand of 9mm ammo should I buy?? I'm new to pistols and have heard that some ammo will cause a pistol to malfunction, and or have the casing's hit you in the face or shoulder. WHAT IS THE BEST BRAND AND KIND??
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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If your not a reloader, Blazer aluminum, WPA steel for plinking, pratice and trigger therapy.

Blazer, Winchester white box, Remington UMC, Federal, Fiocchi, PMC for reasonably priced brass for target/range use.

There are others, no great risk to pick up a box of 50 and see what happens.
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You don't specify if you're looking for practice ammo, defense ammo, or both.

Practice ammo will be hard to go wrong. There are so many makers of Full Metal Jacket ammo out there that will likely feed just fine in your Ruger. When it comes to range ammo, I buy whatever is on sale. I tend to stay away from Russian ammo in any of my handguns or rifles, but that's just me. Many people prefer it due to the lower cost. It's almost hard to find ammo any more that is corrosive, but that I would make sure that it says non-corrosive if you're buying from a non-American source. With a quality firearm, I doubt you'll have many problems.

What you DO need to be sure about is the reliability of your defense ammo. There are plenty of good choices here too. I know Cor-bon +P's have a good reputation, although I've never used them. I just recently switched my 9mm defense ammo to Remington Golden Saber 124 gr +P's. I had been carrying Winchester 115 gr Silvertips for years that were reliable in a few different handguns. There are a bunch of different choices that seem to perform within a percentage point or two statistically in real world shootings, if you choose to go by that. My personal opinion is that reliability in your particular firearm and shot placement will be what makes the difference.

So pick a couple of different types, see if your gun is more accurate with one or the other and shoot enough of them to convince yourself that it will be reliable. There is no one right answer. In fact, there are a whole lot of "right" answers.
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9mm ACP Tactical Ammunition

Buffalo Bore: 9mm Luger 147 grain +P+ 1300/451 JHP #24C/20
Buffalo Bore: 9mm Luger 115 grain +P+ 1300/431 JHP #24H/20
Corbon: 9mm Luger +P 125 grain 1250/434 JHP #SD09125-20
Hornady: 9mm 147grain TAP FPD 975/310 JHP #90282
Winchester: Supreme Elite 9mm 124 grain 990/396 JHP PDX1 #S9MMPDB

9mm ACP Range Ammunition

American-Eagle: 9mm Luger 115 grain FMJ 1180/345 #AE9DP
Federal: 9mm Luger 115 grain FMJ 1125/323 #WM5519
Blazer Brass: 9mm Luger, 115 grain FMJ 1125/323 #5200
TulAmmo: 9mm 115 grain FMJ 1150 fps #TA919150
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:41 PM   #5
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Federal HST 124 +p
Winchester 124 +p T-series, new Black Talon
Speer 124 +p Gold Dot
Remington 124 +p Golen Saber

For range ammo I like to shoot the same grain bullet as my carry ammo , so I shoot nothing less than a 124 grain bullet.
My personal choice for range ammo is my reloads in fmj or Barry's plated.
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Thank you everyone, great advice
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Have to agree with everyone about 9mm FMJ's. Your best bet is to try different brands of ammo. Especially for a self-defence round. Some pistols shoot better with different brands. Better or worse groupings.
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This may sound vague, but my own opinion is just this simple:

1) Buy brass-cased ammo. Period.

2) FMJs for the range- Pay no more than $25 (per 100rds), so $12-13 per 50. One way or another, you can find it for $10/50. Excellent 9mm range ammo can be had for 20cents/round for 115gr, and 20-25cents/round for 124gr. I prefer 124gr, but shoot both quite a bit.

3) Defense JHPs- Almost everything out there performs well. Different shooters and different firearms will benefit from different loads. I like 124+gr, and I like Winchester Rangers because I can get a box of 50rds for about $25. But almost all of the alternate options are just fine.

Walmart is an excellent source for cheap range FMJs. is a great source for all flavors of 9mm. I just sent them $400 today, lol.

Don't get too wrapped up in "brands". The more you experiment and shoot, the more you'll learn about your preferences.
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Glad to hear you have your Ruger on the way, 3spur. Very nice pistol.

I agree with most of what Tom86 said above. For practice ammo I use Winchester white box and Federal Champion both at Walmart. Occasionally you can find Champion 100rd boxes for $20. The white box is a little hotter but still very controlable. I don't use a 9mm for self defense so can't give you first hand info but the brands mentioned above should be good to start with. Defensive ammo costs 2-3 times as much so you won't fire as much but must be certain it is a manstopper and is as close to 100% reliable in your pistol. So you'll want to fire many 100s of rounds of practice to become proficient with your new gun and at least 100 with self defense loads to get used to the recoil and find the best load your gun is reliable with.

A good SD class would be good too. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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Excellent, thank you guys, and you will be glad to know I have a lesson all lined up, so I don't shoot myself, lol
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