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To those of you " In the know ", which ammo brands are best and which ones do I want to steer clear of at all costs?
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Kinda depends on what you're running it thru? Some manufactures ammo has issues with specific firearms.

In general the major brands have always worked well for me. Federal, Winchester, Remington...

I'd stay away from the exotic ninja stuff sold on the internet.
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check online or in magazines for reviews on the ammo. Wolf rifle ammo runs great in my AR as well as my AK&SKS. On the other hand thier pistol laquered covered ammo ran through my weapons in all calibers but had poor groups and the stench of the powder and burned laquer made me feel ill. And I usually love the smell of freshly spent ammo. Monarch from academy is in the same book, but their Brass Ammo runs well in the above rifles.
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Kinda depends on what you're running it thru? Some manufactures ammo has issues with specific firearms.

In general the major brands have always worked well for me. Federal, Winchester, Remington...

I'd stay away from the exotic ninja stuff sold on the internet.
This! I am starting to get back into Wolf even for my AR, but never my hand guns. Also one rule of thumb, Russian guns like Russian ammo. You AK and SKS will run Wolf till the sun goes down. My AR runs it well, but some AR's hate Wolf.

My best advice is to order a box of ammo from every manufacture in the caliber you need and run each box through you gun, cleaning between every box and see what works best and is most accurate.

There is no real answer to this question. You just need to figure out what your gun likes to eat, and where it puts it on paper.
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A safe way is to watch out for the import stuff.

The big 3 Federal,Remington,Winchester are all good

so are CorBon, Black Hills,Horndy, Buffalo Bore

Buy American ammo.Wont let you down
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A safe way is to watch out for the import stuff.

The big 3 Federal,Remington,Winchester are all good

so are CorBon, Black Hills,Horndy, Buffalo Bore

Buy American ammo.Wont let you down
Except American Ammunition (brand name, NOT American Eagle) if it's still being sold. Ultramax has blown up more than a few guns, too.

I've shot every Russian ammo there is in one caliber or another, I guess, never a real problem.
PMC (Korea) is fine, and so is anything made by Privi Partisan in Serbia (their own name or the brass cased "Monarch" sold by Academy). RWS (Swiss) is excellent stuff; WalMart is selling at least the 9mm version of that.

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The only quality control issues I have seen in manufacturing is 308 Indian made ammo from the 1980s. Storage conditions play a role too. I've run across some 1950's vintage 8mm that had hang fires. Don't use anything obviously rusted or coroded and you should be good to go with anything made in the last 50 years.
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if you want the best reload but most off the shelf stuff at your local stores willl perform well
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I buy brand name ammo made in the USA, Remington Winchester Federal or Corbon.
I alway test fire any ammo I buy to make sure it function in my wepon before I trust it with my life.
I like to see what type and bullet wieght that Law Enfocement agancy are using.
If you have to defend yourself in court it's better to use the type of ammo that the LEO's use.
Easier to defend.
Just buy quality made in USA ammo I don't think you can go wrong
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the price!!!
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The only quality control issues I have seen in manufacturing is 308 Indian made ammo from the 1980s. Storage conditions play a role too. I've run across some 1950's vintage 8mm that had hang fires. Don't use anything obviously rusted or coroded and you should be good to go with anything made in the last 50 years.
i had some of that crap!!!! damn dangerous was what it was... disposed of it!!!
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Quality ammo is what comes from your loading press. Everything else pales in comparison!

Other than that, stick to brand names over no namers. That isn't a guarantee either. For example Remington bulk ain't all that great. Whereas a lot of folks haven't heard of Georgia Arms, but their ammo is very good and fairly priced.
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Hornady has the cleanest in my own experience. But Federal, Remington and Winchester are all pretty good. Clean fire ammo is good but it's usually not very powerful, and very expensive.

Fast burning powders, polished brass and jacketed projectiles will keep things much cleaner.

M193 and M855 ammo is nasty stuff. I never use it if I can help it, no matter who makes it. It's always loaded with the cheapest garbage they can find to stuff in a casing.
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Quality ammo is what comes from your loading press. Everything else pales in comparison!

^^^^^
This is so true.
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I shoot whatever is around. If my gun won't shoot it, I get rid of the gun. The fact of the matter is, there may come a time when our "perfect world" goes away. I may have to pick up ammo/ forage for it, so I need to know that my gun can handle anything. If you (your guns) are picky about ammo now, keep in mind that in the future you may not have that luxury to choose, so plan accordingly.

Personally i reload 80% of what I shoot, the other 20% is misc .22 (federal, Remington mostly) 9mm wwb, and russian 7.62x39 (barnhaul, wolfe etc).
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If the letters on the rim begin with R,H,WW,F, good to go. If B,or W not so much.
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ALL of my .45lc is handload, as is all my .308 match.
Some reloads for the Garand (ammo is kinda pricey and sometimes hard to find)
The FAL gets a steady diet of whatever surplus I find, same with the AK.
The AR eats everything I feed it from American eagle to Wolf and Tula.
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I reload so I really don't buy a lot of factory ammunition.
Though on those occasions that I do, I stick to the name branded stuff, Winchester, Remington, Hornady, Federal, Speer.
I have bought remanufactured ammo, and found for the most part it is acceptable. I will visually check ammo that I haven't made myself prior to shooting it. Habit...
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A safe way is to watch out for the import stuff.

The big 3 Federal,Remington,Winchester are all good

so are CorBon, Black Hills,Horndy, Buffalo Bore

Buy American ammo.Wont let you down
You got that right!
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Quality ammo is what comes from your loading press. Everything else pales in comparison!

Other than that, stick to brand names over no namers. That isn't a guarantee either. For example Remington bulk ain't all that great. Whereas a lot of folks haven't heard of Georgia Arms, but their ammo is very good and fairly priced.



I can attest to that Mike.
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