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9mm Ammo to Avoid

This is a discussion on 9mm Ammo to Avoid within the The Ammo Can forums, part of the Armory Talk category; I'm looking to purchase some bulk ammo and wanted to know what brands and types of ammo to avoid. I found some bulk MFS ammo ...


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Old 01-09-2013, 09:05 PM   #1
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9mm Ammo to Avoid

I'm looking to purchase some bulk ammo and wanted to know what brands and types of ammo to avoid. I found some bulk MFS ammo but noticed it has steel instead of brass cases. Is this something i should avoid?

Any know manufacturers that we should avoid with the XDM 9mm and range shooting?

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:07 PM   #2
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Personally haven't found anything that an XDm 9mm won't shoot. Even tried limp wristing mine into a malfunction, and couldn't do it.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:09 PM   #3
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I found Tula to be very dirty... At lease the batch that I got... No issues with them going bad, but I won't get them again....
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It probably would function through your gun ok. That said I wouldnt run steel through mine but thats just me.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:58 AM   #5
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I like Mag-Tech if you can find it. Shot 500 rnds 9mm FMJ through my XMD9 and not a single misfire. Reasonable price; quality. Fiocchi is a bit more expensive but not too high, and quality as well. I use these for my range shooting. I'd spend more for a self-defense load. Agree with others - haven't found anything that an XDM won't shoot.
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My XD9 Service shoots the Tula ammo just fine, but the stuff leaves both my hands and the pistol absolutely filthy in fairly short order - the barrel not so much, but the area around the feed ramp looks like it's coated in coal after a couple boxes. No stoppages after 4 boxes in an IDPA match, but when I'm practicing at the range I run a BoreSnake through there every couple boxes just in case.

Also, the Tula seems to have a much sharper recoil impulse than just about anything else I've shot. I put two boxes of my current defense load (Winchester PDX-1 +P JHP) through the gun, and even that didn't feel as "snappy" as the Tula to me.

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:26 AM   #7
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Thanks all, I'm still looking to find some bulk ammo that is not backordered!
I have also been told to stay away from steel and aluminum rounds...why?
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The only ammo I'd avoid is American Ammo, but that's because their .223 ammo is notorious for failures. I can't speak to the reliability of their 9mm, but for the price difference you're not saving much.

I've put the cheapest combloc ammo through my XD I could find. I found 25 round packages of some former soviet union bloc country ammo for $2 a package a while back and it ate it up. I also put some 1930s 9mm through it and it fed it fine.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:52 PM   #9
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I've shot more steel cased ammo than brass through my XD.
The only thing I don't like about the steel is you can't reload them.
I don't mind dirty ammo, I enjoy cleaning my firearms.
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I just picked up a box of 400 reloads today. Have shot them before and they seem pretty clean.
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