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Old 04-11-2010, 10:34 AM
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Best value in 45 acp ammo




What is a value 45 ACP ammo? Wichester Ranger, Speer Gold Dot, Blazer. Looking for quality clean ammo at less than $.50 per round. FMJ or HP not an issue. Mostly range use.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:47 AM
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Whatever you can find at a good price. I usually shoot Federal AE, Winchester white box and Remington UMC. The Blazer is fine as well.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:02 AM
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Walmart WWB 230g box of 100 rounds for $34.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:16 AM
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Federal Champion (WM5233) 230 grain, FMJ at Walmart for $15.97/50 when you can find it. Works out to $.32/round ($0.3194). Box claims 830 fps. WWB 100 packs run $32.97 @ Walmart locally (when you can find them). That works out to $.33/rnd ($0.3297).

The Federals shoot good, clean, and reliably for me.
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:18 PM
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3 days ago I was at walmart and they had 30+ boxes of WWB 100 Value packs
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:23 PM
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The ammunition you load at home on your press wins, hands down!

You can tailor your reloads for their intended purpose (accuracy, bowling pins, IDAP, etc) in addition.
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Old 04-11-2010, 05:35 PM
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Federal AE FMJ consistently shoots better than the other "range ammo" for me.. Ron
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:06 PM
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Guess I got lucky

Here in North Alabama we have a gun dealer who has all the ammo. He had a S&W sell this past weekend so he had Federal ammo on sale. 45 acp 230 gr FMJ for 79.99 a bulk box packed loose of 250 rds. I bought 2500 rds for $863.00. Luckily I had some overtime stashed. Just wished I had bought more. I have a Ed Brown Custom Special Forces ordered. 5" w/bobtail. GenIII Green Frame and GenIII Black slide w/ all the serrations. On a all Stainless Steel. I cant wait. will probaly shoot at least 1000 rds of the federal whrn it comes in.
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:23 PM
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Here in North Alabama we have a gun dealer who has all the ammo. He had a S&W sell this past weekend so he had Federal ammo on sale. 45 acp 230 gr FMJ for 79.99 a bulk box packed loose of 250 rds. I bought 2500 rds for $863.00. Luckily I had some overtime stashed. Just wished I had bought more. I have a Ed Brown Custom Special Forces ordered. 5" w/bobtail. GenIII Green Frame and GenIII Black slide w/ all the serrations. On a all Stainless Steel. I cant wait. will probaly shoot at least 1000 rds of the federal whrn it comes in.
That is a good deal.. EB/SF.. nice.. Ron
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:47 PM
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Bought S&B for about 18.00 a box recently. With shipping brought it to around 20.00 a box
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:39 PM
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where ??

Where did ya get the S&B from?? I love that stuff.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:04 PM
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"The ammunition you load at home on your press wins, hands down!"
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You also aren't going to beat the price per round/box/brick after you recoup your initial investment on gear.

Scrounged/reused brass = free
Bullets= 200 grain SWC...$78 for 1000 shipped
Primers = $40 for 1000
Powder = $20 for 1lb (7000 grains to a pound).

With that you are looking at about 14cents per round, rounded up. That's $7 for a box of 50. Your prices are subject to local variance, and is probably even better than what I find in my area.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:36 PM
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Cabelas has PMC Bronze 230 gr fmj-fp ammo on sale for $144.99 for 300 rounds and a free storage box. That works out to 48.33 cents per round. IT IS IN STOCK. With the flat point it could be used for range or SD ammo as the FP will make a bigger wound and track straighter than ball ammo. Penetration will be about the same. I wouldn't worry about over penetration though. I had purchased 300 rds of WWB and the same storage box about 6 months ago. The storage box is well built and will hold way more than the 300rounds (6 boxes) that came in it. I am tempted to buy this but have 2000 truncated cone bullets that are the same shape I need to reload. This PMC ammo has the same bullet shape as the Buffalo Bore 230 gr fmj-fp but it is not +P like the BB ammo is. I might have to get some using the excuse it was for my Star PD which can't handle the +P ammo. Think the wife will agree. Couch here I come.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:12 AM
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They had 4 50 rnd boxes of 45 acp 230 FMJ Federal brand for $17.97 just a few hours ago here might have been $16.97 was cheaper than the 100 rnd pack of WWB for 2 50's
Was the first time they had Federal in 45acp.

Pile of 50 packs of 9mm Federals at 10 bucks as well as some 38 and 357 and 2 44 mags maybe things are getting better
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:44 AM
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Bought S&B for about 18.00 a box recently. With shipping brought it to around 20.00 a box
Be careful of S&B they have been putting out 'steel core', no good for fixed ranges indoor or outdoor.

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Old 04-12-2010, 06:09 AM
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Be careful of S&B they have been putting out 'steel core', no good for fixed ranges indoor or outdoor.

Grant
Why? I just shot 200 rounds last week no problem??
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:16 AM
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"The ammunition you load at home on your press wins, hands down!"
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You also aren't going to beat the price per round/box/brick after you recoup your initial investment on gear.

Scrounged/reused brass = free
Bullets= 200 grain SWC...$78 for 1000 shipped
Primers = $40 for 1000
Powder = $20 for 1lb (7000 grains to a pound).
With that you are looking at about 14cents per round, rounded up. That's $7 for a box of 50. Your prices are subject to local variance, and is probably even better than what I find in my area.
I think my old cheap butt has ya beat, I spent 138 on a lyman package deal. Came with smaller dipper pot,dipper and inget mould that was almost free with the lyman 4500 sizer lubers.

Primers are my big $$$ part now. $32.00 at Cabella's no shipping just tax
I picked up both these moulds used with handles.

Bullets= 185 grain buttom wad cutters{lyman 452389} 7000 devided by 185= 37.83 bullets from a pound
So 26.5 pounds x 7000 = 185500 grains. Devided that by 185 grains = 1002 bullets at a cost of $26.50 hows that for backwards math
or 230 grain rn nose {RCBS 45-230} 30.4 from a pound
I picked up both use with handles used. and good lube cost me $1.35 a stick from Whate Lable Lube
Lead cost me $1.00 a pound shipped to me flat rate USPS but have to melt into smaller ingets to fit into my pot. Could smelt scrap lead in a 20 buck cast iron pot from scrap yard localy at 60-70 cents but not worth it at this time. When clean use lead is a buck shipped.

Powder = $20 for 1lb (7000 grains to a pound}

I am still a nube to casting as have only cast little over 4500 45 acp between both styles.
Plus the 9, that can be sized to 355{380} 356{9mm} 358{38/357} with same bullet
My largest cost was bullets and reloads are now way lowder
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:17 AM
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Why? I just shot 200 rounds last week no problem??
Steel core= not good for a back stop or barrel {added wear}
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:35 AM
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Pricing/availability is leading me to reload, but if you have a few Walmarts nearby, give them all a call. It will be hard to beat WWB at~$30/100rounds but it flies off the shelf . Also Dicks Sporting Goods is selling their PMC in bulk at $100/250rds.
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:52 PM
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Best value?
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:05 PM
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Why? I just shot 200 rounds last week no problem??
There is no problem with the ammo for the gun. However, target frames and range bullet traps can suffer.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:17 PM
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340Six... sounds like you have it made.

Nice to see that there are many loaders on here. I'm pretty much a novice at it, but I make usable ammo with acceptable accuracy. Took me a while to get my crimp dialed in.

I figure if you must go factory ammo, and you also reload... get something like WWB... cheapest you can get, shoots ok, and you get to reuse the brass.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:19 PM
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I like S&B, American Eagle and WWB. I am now wondering about the S&B steel core though...are you sure this is on the pistol ammo or their rifle ammo?

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Old 04-12-2010, 10:15 PM
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I like S&B, American Eagle and WWB. I now wondering about the S&B steel core though...are you sure this is on the pistol ammo or their rifle ammo?
Looked on S&B site and it says it is a lead core covered with a metalic jacket not a steel core.


Full - jacketed bullet. Its lead core is covered with a metallic jacket. Due to its rigid design, the bullet makes a smooth penetration without devastating the tissue, as it does not get deformed when hitting the target. The bullets with ogival-shaped front part are used in caliber's 6.35 Br., 7.65 Br., 9 mm Br, 9 mm Makarov, 7.62 x 25 Tokarev, 9 mm Luger, the bullets with the front part of truncated cone are used in caliber's 40 S&W, 38 Special, 357 Magnum and 9 mm Luger Subsonic.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:32 AM
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I like the CCI Blazers, Remington UMCs, and Federal AEs. WWB is in the same price range as these, but is a lil dirty for me.
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