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Before Asking (or Answering) "What Ammo Should I Buy/Use?"

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Old 06-01-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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Before Asking (or Answering) "What Ammo Should I Buy/Use?"

"I just got a new gun; what kind of ammo should I get for it, and what do you guys use? What's the BEST?"

This question, or one very closely resembling it, is probably the number one question asked in any gun related forum.

And I understand why people ask it; there are a LOT of new shooters coming into the fold (which is a good thing; let us never forget that), and they only want to be able to have enjoyable, trouble-free shooting sessions--just like the rest of us.

That being said, we also need to realize that such a question is akin to going onto a car forum and asking "I just bought a new car; what brand of fuel is best for it?"...

Not many people would do this; then again, most people have been driving for a good long while, and know that, for the most part, it's all pretty much the same...but we may find that out vehicle prefers one brand over another, while somebody else's identical car prefers something else.

Guess what--the exact same thing applies to guns and brands of ammunition.

That's right--just because my (for example) Glock gobbles up Tula ammo with aplomb, doesn't mean that yours won't choke on it. Or my XD won't feed WWB worth a damn, doesn't mean that yours won't love it.

Regardless of make, model, barrel length, or even frame color/slide finish.

So...what do we need to do?

BUY AMMO. SHOOT AMMO IN OUR OWN GUN. LEARN FOR OURSELVES.

How can that be a bad thing? Buy a few different brands, see what your gun likes, and what YOU like--hey, maybe you'll find that one's just a little more accurate than another..and anyway, you're spending time at the range shooting...can you say BONUS?

Now--notice in the title, I mentioned answering these questions as well?

Yep--I'm talkin' to you, old timers.

Guess what--by telling them what works in your gun, you aren't helping them. Sure, the odds are, their pistol will ike the same ammo as yours just fine...but maybe it doesn't. And, if ten people answer, there's like to be five or six different brands of ammo mentioned...at least. Not really helpful.

No, we need to be encouraging people to learn for themselves. When they post that they've had issues with a certain brand, it really doesn't make sense for us to say "Well, I've never had problems with it!"--because that really doesn't matter (and yes, I've done this myself...mea culpa). We should suggest they try something else. Spend some more time at the range.

Again--never a bad concept.

It's similar to the defensive ammo questions that come up a lot--mainly there, people what to know what's best....the answer to which, of course, is there is no "best"...but there are some that are better than others. None of which matters if they aren't reliable in YOUR gun in YOUR hands...so, again, buy a box or two, and see what YOUR pistol shoots, instead of what MY pistol shoots.

I know this won't stop these questions from being asked. But, maybe, hopefully, it may change how they're answered.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:42 PM   #3
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A good post. I'll take a stab at answering in a different style for TARGET ammo (SD ammo brings in a whole new set of requirements).

Try the cheapest ammo you can find regularly that meets the requirements of the range(s) you frequent. I shoot indoors at two ranges. They both require FMJ w/Brass.

If that ammo doesn't work in your gun, buy the next cheapest, keep going until you find a brand that works in your gun reliably.

Fortunately, my XDM has never had a failure in the 1700 rounds I've put through it. I've shot 4 different brands of FMJ/Brass (Monarch, Winchester, PMC, Federal)

The same can't be said for my Bersa Thunder .380, it seems to prefer round nose bullets, the flat nose bullets have a tendency to fail to feed.
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Fine! Will you at least tell me what the best lube is?!?!?
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Fine! Will you at least tell me what the best lube is?!?!?
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I always point folks to the link about Best Self Defense Ammunition when someone asks about that type of ammo.

It gives a lot of good data and explains why.

I still think that should be stickied at the top.
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