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Old 05-30-2010, 02:36 PM
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I have seen boxes of Federal Ammunition for sale at a sporting goods store and it is quite cheap for 22 LR. I'm talking 1.99 a box for 50 rounds. I have also seen a box of 100 12 gauge rounds made by Federal Ammunition at Wal*Mart for about 23 bucks. I think 23 bucks for that much Ammo or 1.99 for LR is a good deal, but do you think it seems too good to be true? If I bought ammo that cheaply, would it betray me when I really needed it? Is Federal Ammunition a trustworthy brand?

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yes i shoot federal out of all my guns no problem at all just keep them clean
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Federal ammo is generally quite good. They're one of the top manufacturers. But remember, that rimfires can be picky on the ammo that they prefer. If your gun doesn't like it, it doesn't matter how good the ammo is. I use Federal in most of mine because it works well in them, but Remington is another good brand if your guns don't like the Federal loads.
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Thanks! I think it is good to purchase ammo of the same caliber from a wide range of companies. That way, if one brand of ammo craps out, or your gun doesn't like it, use another brand!
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Federal is good stuff, I buy it at Wal mart for my 9mm, 40 cal and 223. Never have any problems with it.
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FMJ .45ACP from Federal shoots well, but is very dirty in my opinion. I have never had a failure with it, and it feels similar enough to my carry ammo when fired that I use it for practice. The big problem I do have with it is how much smoke and soot come along with it. I get a TON of unburnt material flashing after it clears the end of a 5" barrel, I have had burning sparks come out of the chamber with the spent casing, and the weapon is very freaking dirty when I am done. Since I always clean my weapon afterward, that isnt really that big of a deal. But on several indoor ranges, it has made it very difficult to breath and see after a quick mag dump because of the dirty fire. I have fired a lot of other "range ammo" that shots much cleaner.
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Is Federal Ammunition a trustworthy brand?

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Um, yeah.

What you are seeing is Federal's low end ammo. It's fine for plinking and such.
For serious work, I'd get their Premium stuff.
(although I think there are better choices for self defense/pistol ammo)
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I have only had problems with their 22LR I only buy aguila now, after my Remington, winchester and Federal all gave me problems and aguila hasn't.
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I have only had problems with their 22LR I only buy aguila now, after my Remington, winchester and Federal all gave me problems and aguila hasn't.
Sounds like more of a problem with your firearm than the ammo. Those are 3 of the best manufactures out there.
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We have a rimfire bolt-action which works fine on Federal or Remington ammo.

We also have a semi-auto magazine fed rifle which commonly jams when using Federal ammo. What happens is there is not always enough gasses to fully operate the bolt to eject the spent shell and reload. So the bolt closes with either the spent shell stuck in it sideways, or the new round only part way into the chamber.

Our semi-auto rifle works fine when shooting Remington ammo, and it will work fine using Federals if you shoot only one round at a time. Fire, stop, fire, stop. If you try to fire a two round burst, or a three round burst, it will jam with Federal ammo.

We stock both ammos.
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Federal Ammo works just fine for me
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I never had a problem with Federal... I buy .223 100rnd Value boxes every other week.
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I use Federal ammo for my 9mm and .30-30. I am yet to have any misfires or other issues. You can't beat the price for target ammo. It has more of a kick than higher end ammo, but I can live with that.
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I think I just saw a box of 550 rounds of Federal .22LR at Wal-Mart for $18.97.
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our gun club has federal 12 gauge 100 round packs for $17.00

And 550 bulk .22 packs for $16.00

The field loads for the 12 gauge your talking about are kinda dirty, but who cares?

They work well, and i havent had a jam yet.
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I've used both 9mm and .22 cal federal and never had a problem with either...
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I think I just saw a box of 550 rounds of Federal .22LR at Wal-Mart for $18.97.
Two years ago it used to be $9.95.
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Federal American Eagle is pretty accurate for the money. If you can find it CCI standard velocity are great.

I prefer solids over hollow points. They penetrate larger animals better. The bullet doesn't fragment, which mean the less chance you get a crunchie in your squirrel stew.

Bullet weight of choice is 40 grains. You gun may have an opinion about that though. The 40 grain bullets also cycle more reliably from my experience. Likely higher initial pressures in the chamber.
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I buy Federal for my .22LR and 12ga.

Cleaner, reliable and over all good value.

After trying many various brands for my 9mm, I went with Remington, mainly due to lesser recoil. PMC had more pronounced recoil and noise than the other three I tested.
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The only way to find out how YOUR gun likes it is to buy a box and compare it to a box of several other brands/loads at the bench rest.
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