What are good ammunition manufacturers?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by JackofTrades, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. JackofTrades

    JackofTrades New Member

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    I just bought a Sig p226 in 9mm for my first handgun, which I plan on using it at the range, so I am wondering what are good manufactures for ammo.

    I am asking this because when ever I have to buy ammo for any gun, I have no idea what manufacturers are good and what ones should be avoided at all costs. So to simplify me question just list out, which manufactures make low quality ammo, which ones for medium quality ammo, and which ones for high quality ammo?
     
  2. UrbanNinja

    UrbanNinja New Member

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    You can buy cheap ammo and it may perform better then expensive.. or vise versa. From my personal experience in different pistols, the weapon itself will choose what it likes to shoot better than others. Sure there is ammunition made with much better quality, that doesn't necessarily mean your particular pistol will eat it. I.E: My Kimber will fire Remington UMC all day.. My Taurus will have a FTF/FTE 5 in 50 rounds fired.
     

  3. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    For the range: Hit Walmart or somewhere similar and buy any cheap brass-cased FMJ. Should be $10-12/box.
    *Blazer Brass, Fed Champion/American Eagle, Win White Box, Rem UMC, Speer Lawman, etc

    Defense: Take your pick from various JHPs. I like how Winchester Ranger 127gr +p+ handles in a P226.

    Go Here for great prices.
    $10-12 for various 115gr 9mm FMJ (UMC nickel, Am Eagle, Lawman)
    $18-27 for Winchester Ranger JHPs in various weights.
     
  4. JackofTrades

    JackofTrades New Member

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    thanks, I just need to get a good idea of what ammo to buy, because you hear these stories and you see the pictures of people who bought cheep ammo and it ended up destroying their guns.
     
  5. 10P8TRIOT

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    I've put about 2000 rounds thru my 9mm P226 and have had 1 FTE and 1 FTF. The P226 will handle about anything you feed it. I mostly shoot Speer Lawman 124gr and RWS 124gr. Also 115gr Magtech, Fiocchi, Sellier & Bellot and USAammo (for plinking). For self-defense I use Federal HST 124gr +P.

    I purchase all my target ammo in 1000 round cases online. My target price is $200 delivered. The last 6 purchases (this year) have ranged from $179 to $235 with an average of $211. My favorite target ammo round is RWS 124gr (at WeaponsWorld.com). I buy most of my target ammo from SGAmmo.com. For self-defense, I buy Federal HST from Kylesgunshop.com.
     
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  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Although it did not destroy the handgun, I've seen Monarch steel cases cause a few FTE's with a Walther P99.

    The shellac in the warm barrel caused the casings to stick in the chamber after shots fired.
     
  7. Byron0022

    Byron0022 New Member

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    I use PMC and American Eagle, haven't had any real issues with them.
     
  8. rifleshooter474

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    For just range shooting Win White Box works. Now for carry the Ammo. you depend on to save your hide if needed. Hornady Corbon Black Hill's all great choice's.
     
  9. firedawg60

    firedawg60 New Member

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    I'd be cautious of hand loads. Not saying they're bad, just be cautious of them.
     
  10. G30USMC

    G30USMC Active Member Supporter

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    I usually use WWB from walmart for range ammo and for SD ammo i use Speer Gold Dot 124 +p or Hornady Critical Defense
     
  11. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    PMC is primarily used by me for both target and carry.
     
  12. JackofTrades

    JackofTrades New Member

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    Thanks guys, it's good to know what ammo is better used at a range and what is better used for self defense, but I'm not too worried about ammo I would use for self-defense since I live in Illinois and we are not allowed to conceal and carry at all.
     
  13. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    Jack: good to hear you got the info needed, however some unsolicited info, leave Illinois
     
  14. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    So are the laws more strict in IL to conceal carry or is it not allowed at all?
     
  15. kdog

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    What is the ammo for?

    just plain range shooting or competition?

    If competition, then get a box or two of three or four different brands and test them. Compare the groups and remember if there have been any feeding or strike problems.

    I shoot hand loades 9mm rounds this year for competition and was quite happy with that, because they mostly fire softer then factory loads.
    But it also depends what pistol you have and how the different ammo works with that pistol.
     
  16. Junior966

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    Try living in NJ. It's only been a few yrs that retired cops can carry forget about a civilian carrying a conceled weapon.As far as ammo try www.luckygunner.com. bulk ammo at great prices and lots of reviews.
     
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  17. 10P8TRIOT

    10P8TRIOT New Member

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    The state of Illinois will allow you to defend yourself in your home won't they?
     
  18. JackofTrades

    JackofTrades New Member

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    For civilians are not allowed to conceal and carry at all. I believe people who hold jobs in law enforcement are allowed to have a gun in their car, but not too sure about on their person. I would have to read up on the laws to be 100% sure about that.

    Right now I plan on just using it for the range, when I have more time on my hands, which will probably be after school when I'm home and with my gun, I hope to do competitions.
     
  19. rhinotec72

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    Personally I like the Remington UMC 180gr FMJ for the range & Remington Golden Saber 165gr JHP or Cor Bon Self-Defense 165gr JHP for personal protection. I have also used Wolf in the past, oh my prefered caliber is 40S&W.
     
  20. Paladin201

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    As far as ammo goes....I shoot Federal. Nothing but.

    I don't live in Illinois, but darned close and I work with a lot of folks who do. The great state (loose definition) of Illinois still has draconian views on guns and gun control, driven primarily by the communist metropolis known as Chicago. It is the last and only state that doesn't have a provision for concealed carry. You cannot have a gun on you at all. Period. And the only way you can have a gun in your car is unloaded and it must be cased. And it can't be "readily accessible". In other words...in the trunk. And you must have a valid state FOID (Firearms Owner Identification) card in order to be in possession of a gun anywhere. Also, here in Missouri the gun laws are mandated state wide. The law is the same everywhere in the state. Not so in Illinois. County and local law can supersede the state. So even if you do have a gun locked in the trunk of your car, which is OK with the state, you may encounter a municipality somewhere that doesn't allow even that.

    As to defending yourself in your home, you can, under a very strict set of restrictions. They don't have a castle law over there. So you must retreat and attempt to escape first. And it has to be clearly demonstrated that the invader actually intends to kill you or do great bodily harm.
     
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