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What's your favorite brands of new brass centerfire training ammo?

Federal American Eagle
Winchester White Box
Remington UMC
PMC Bronze
Blazer Brass
Sellier & Bellot
Fiochi
Aguila
Magtech
Prvi Partizan (PPU)
IMI
Armscor
Wolf Gold
Military Surplus
Other's I may have overlooked.

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Offline FreeLancer

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Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:51:01 PM »
I'm stocking up before the California background checks for ammunition purchases kick in at the end of the year and want to get the most for my money.  I've had good results with the first five, but am curious what the rest of you think.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2017, 11:36:53 PM »
You should mention what caliber your looking at
For example Mil Surp 5.56 good 9mm not my first choice

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2017, 11:44:41 PM »
I realize that some brands may be better at certain calibers than others, but I'm most interested in those manufacturers that provide good performance for the price across the board, because those are likely to be the better bet for me. 

But if you must know, here's what I'm stocking personally:  9mm, 40S&W, 44Spl/Mag, 223/5.56, 308/7.62
« Last Edit: March 27, 2017, 12:26:18 AM by FreeLancer »

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2017, 09:49:44 AM »
WW for 308, Blaser for 45 ACP, Rem for 30/06, Star-line for 44 SP, Bell for 577 Sinder.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2017, 09:57:16 AM »
I recently shot up a case of S&B 9mm Luger in original factory packing that spent most of 20 years sitting (lost) in an unheated garage or storage unit. Still looked great. Everything went bang when it was supposed to.

So even the economy ammo with little attention can have a good shelf life.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2017, 10:44:23 AM »
I recently shot up a case of S&B 9mm Luger in original factory packing that spent most of 20 years sitting (lost) in an unheated garage or storage unit. Still looked great. Everything went bang when it was supposed to.

So even the economy ammo with little attention can have a good shelf life.

That's good to hear.  I bought 4 cases of S&B in 40, but haven't shot it yet.  It is easily the shiniest and prettiest brass, better than even the high dollar stuff.  PMC is pretty, too.  Winchester is the ugliest.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2017, 06:35:18 PM »
I find S&B primer pockets need to be reamed before reloading.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2017, 07:14:21 PM »
I dont think you can be brand loyal in the current market. Buy what is cheapest. Even cheap ammo is quality ammo these days. Ive shot it all and the only brand I stay away from is Herters steel lacquered. When the barrel heats up the cases stick in the barrel.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2017, 10:23:41 PM »
Ive shot it all and the only brand I stay away from is Herters steel lacquered. When the barrel heats up the cases stick in the barrel.
Second that, and add that I don't generally shoot steel case in anything but AKs and SKSs.  Steel cased .223 is rough on ARs.  Of course "any port in a storm" and I'd run steel case .223 in a pinch, but it's not a first choice.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2017, 12:23:00 AM »
Never shot steel cased ammo, don't really want to, but I suppose it could come to that.  That's one of the reasons I'm stocking up now. 

I have nightmares of going to my local gun store (already short on selection, long on prices) a year from now, standing in line for paperwork and fingerprinting, and then be stuck paying today's already inflated brass prices for steel, which will be the only thing the average shooter will be able to afford.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2017, 08:33:25 PM »
I've had great success with freedom munitions over the years, both new and reman stuff.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2017, 05:18:36 AM »
All work but Wolf, Herters, and PMC just seem to be the dirtiest when I've shot them.

I always shoot Federal but the factory is 20 minutes north of me so it is always available. Bear in mind some of these companies are part of bigger conglomerate organizations. Federal, like CCI and Speer are owned by Vista Outdoor.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2017, 08:38:49 AM »
I bought 1000 rounds of S&B years ago and have been slowly working through that. I've gone through about 600 rounds of it and not had a single issue. Really good stuff IMO. I've had experience with the top on your list but not the rest.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2017, 10:00:41 AM »
I'm glad to see the Korean PMC, Czech S&B, and Serbian PPU getting some love, because there are bulk deals to be had on those all the time.  Likewise with the domestic Blazer Brass.

Not surprised about American Eagle, as I've found everything from Federal to be excellent.  It didn't make my top three for value, though, because it just seems expensive.  BulkAmmo.com is more likely to have better deals on Federal's military and LE overruns, so I wind up getting that instead of AE. 

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2017, 02:01:49 PM »
Oh yeah, I've shot 5.56 PMC and it ran well.

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Re: Best Value Ammunition Manufacturers
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2017, 10:17:11 PM »
While I'm probably smart enough to do my own research, I found observing competitive shooters was worth my time.  Of course the most serious have large progressive reloading setups, but I met several service rifle (NMC) guys who shoot .223 PMC in their AR pattern rifles.