Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-05-2018, 06:48 PM
Ribwizzard's Avatar
Ribwizzard Ribwizzard is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Tampa/miami
Posts: 312
Likes: 14
Liked 377 Times in 130 Posts
Default Your go to ammo?

What Brand ammo do you usually reach for? For general range shooting/ plinking, or hunting?

Not talking about reloads, good for you if you do, but it's not what I'm asking.

What is brand catches your eye first, would you prefer to buy over another? I tend to use American Eagle if cost is good, and tend to buy it over other brands. Or Federal.

How about you?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-05-2018, 07:13 PM
BigDog48 BigDog48 is offline
US Veteran
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Nags Head, NC
Posts: 683
Likes: 1,233
Liked 623 Times in 289 Posts
Default

Federal American Eagle for me.
__________________
Living life on a Sandbar!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #3  
Old 10-05-2018, 07:20 PM
HorizontalMike's Avatar
HorizontalMike HorizontalMike is offline
US Veteran
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: South Central Texas
Posts: 585
Likes: 848
Liked 492 Times in 218 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ribwizzard View Post
What Brand ammo do you usually reach for? For general range shooting/ plinking, or hunting?

Not talking about reloads, good for you if you do, but it's not what I'm asking... ...[snip]...
How about you?
TOO BAD... You might find much needed information (for you), that could help you in the long run.

Sorry, but I find that I can cut costs per load/cartridge by +75% and sometimes even more than that, by reloading. Of course, I need to judiciously choose when and how much to purchase at a time, but the savings are real.

FWIW, if you have the kind of budget that your query alludes to, then by all means just ONLY buy your practice ammunition. The rest of us have found "better" ways of feeding our "...desire/hobby..." ...to each his own and best of luck in your best ammo pursuit...
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Like Post:
  #4  
Old 10-05-2018, 07:28 PM
bigggbbruce's Avatar
bigggbbruce bigggbbruce is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Where this month?
Posts: 2,254
Likes: 151
Liked 2,354 Times in 997 Posts
Default

I agree on Federal Brands.. Lake City is good stuff..and all my 22's favor Federal.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-05-2018, 08:01 PM
Rudi Rudi is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 124
Likes: 100
Liked 274 Times in 81 Posts
Default

Just got some American Eagle the other day. But I go with what's on sale too. When I was a kid on a rifle team, .22 indoor, I shot 3 points higher with Winchester over Remington. After 8 years of obungler I'm happy to see the shelves full again.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-05-2018, 08:06 PM
lrrifleman's Avatar
lrrifleman lrrifleman is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Southern NJ
Posts: 3,069
Likes: 4,921
Liked 1,785 Times in 935 Posts
Default

@OP,

I prefer to shoot my reloads, but IFF (if and only if) my supply of reloads are very low or I don't have enough cast bullets, I will purchase factory ammo. My purchase is influenced by the brass that I prefer to reload.

For:
38s: my preference is Remington, followed by Federal (or American Eagle), Winchester, then Speer.
9mm: I prefer Remington.
45s: my preference is Federal, followed by Remington, then Winchester.

I don't really "plink", but practice for matches, so I don't buy just any ammo. For my magnums, due to muscular-skeletal injuries, I shoot only my reloads. For self defense ammo, I have an assortment of ammo: Critical Defense, Silvertips, Black Talon, and Golden Sabers. For 45 self defense, I rely on hardball.
__________________
Judge control not gun control!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-05-2018, 08:39 PM
bigwheelzip's Avatar
bigwheelzip bigwheelzip is online now
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Upstate SC
Posts: 7,247
Likes: 8,850
Liked 17,175 Times in 4,285 Posts
Default

Each plinking ammo caliber I shoot, is a different brand, based on price and other parameters. Are you curious about a particular caliber?

All my self-defense ammo, regardless of caliber or gauge, is Federal Personal Defense.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-05-2018, 09:02 PM
ContinentalOp's Avatar
ContinentalOp ContinentalOp is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,493
Likes: 3,997
Liked 3,176 Times in 1,200 Posts
Default

Speer Lawman is my go-to range ammo, their 158gr TMJ +P for .38 Special and 147gr TMJ for 9mm. For lighter kicking .38 Special ammo I've been using PMC 132gr FMJ ammo, but I'm not that picky about it; I still have some boxes from a case I bought a while back.

In the past I've used American Eagle without a problem, and it'd probably be my next choice if I couldn't find the Speer Lawman or PMC ammo.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #9  
Old 10-05-2018, 09:42 PM
URIT URIT is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: New Bern NC
Posts: 402
Likes: 1,708
Liked 399 Times in 194 Posts
Default

I like Magtech, Fiocchi, and Speer for range and carry loads. I avoid Winchester white box from WalMart. I tend to buy a case or half-case when on sale at one of several online sellers.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-05-2018, 10:10 PM
shouldazagged shouldazagged is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Louisville, KY, USA
Posts: 17,741
Likes: 39,621
Liked 33,836 Times in 10,530 Posts
Default

I've parted with the last of my rifles and autoloaders and all but one revolver, and now am down to only my EDC .38 Special J-frame and an old double 12 gauge for defensive use. For the shotgun it's Remington #4 buckshot. Practice ammo for the .38 is Winchester white box 130 grain FMJ. I carry Buffalo Bore standard pressure 158 grain LWCHP-GC, which is ballistically the same as the hotter, older Remington +P FBI load. The +P version of the Buffalo Bore is approaching the low end of .357 velocity, and has too much thump for my crippled-up hands.
__________________
HIP-HIP, HOO<wheeze>

Last edited by shouldazagged; 10-06-2018 at 11:22 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #11  
Old 10-06-2018, 05:07 AM
Ribwizzard's Avatar
Ribwizzard Ribwizzard is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Tampa/miami
Posts: 312
Likes: 14
Liked 377 Times in 130 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bigggbbruce View Post
I agree on Federal Brands.. Lake City is good stuff..and all my 22's favor Federal.
I noticed that lake city prices are a little higher .figured it must be a premium ammo
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-06-2018, 05:45 AM
OLDSTER's Avatar
OLDSTER OLDSTER is offline
SWCA Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 6,262
Likes: 5,438
Liked 3,839 Times in 1,164 Posts
Default

Hornady for me
__________________
SWCA 2952
John
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-06-2018, 07:04 AM
littleriver1's Avatar
littleriver1 littleriver1 is offline
US Veteran
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 216
Likes: 106
Liked 154 Times in 80 Posts
Default

I reload so I only buy 22lr. Not all barrels are made the same and react the same. I buy what works in each gun. Federal Auto Match and Winchester copper plated seem to work. I’ve been told to use ammo that’s 1250 fps or better in 22lr and found it to be wise advice. Others will argue but it comes down to what works. If you don’t use the wrong stuff at least once then you’re not trying hard enough.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-06-2018, 07:26 AM
Ribwizzard's Avatar
Ribwizzard Ribwizzard is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Tampa/miami
Posts: 312
Likes: 14
Liked 377 Times in 130 Posts
Default

I thought CCI would be a favorite for .22?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 10-06-2018, 07:28 AM
Andy Lowry Andy Lowry is offline
SWCA Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Prescott AZ
Posts: 429
Likes: 138
Liked 1,024 Times in 250 Posts
Default

For cheap, reliable, and reloadable, I used to go through a lot of Magtech.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #16  
Old 10-06-2018, 07:52 AM
bubbatime bubbatime is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 42
Likes: 48
Liked 70 Times in 22 Posts
Default

For plinking, whatever is available and cheap.

For defensive use, Speer Gold Dot and Federal HST.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #17  
Old 10-06-2018, 08:14 AM
ShivasIrons's Avatar
ShivasIrons ShivasIrons is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Oct 2017
Posts: 260
Likes: 521
Liked 389 Times in 173 Posts
Default

Remington and Federal seem to be what I buy the most.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 10-06-2018, 11:31 AM
bigwheelzip's Avatar
bigwheelzip bigwheelzip is online now
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Upstate SC
Posts: 7,247
Likes: 8,850
Liked 17,175 Times in 4,285 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ribwizzard View Post
I thought CCI would be a favorite for .22?
I've got one .22LR pistol that only feeds the CCI Mini-Mags. My other .22s eat everything else fine.


The CCI seem to have the fewest duds.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 10-06-2018, 11:48 AM
huthike huthike is offline
SWCA Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Missouri City, Texas
Posts: 223
Likes: 332
Liked 170 Times in 68 Posts
Default

Reloads. For .22, CCI SV.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 10-06-2018, 12:00 PM
max's Avatar
max max is offline
US Veteran
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: illinois
Posts: 4,458
Likes: 711
Liked 2,771 Times in 936 Posts
Default

The only factory I shoot much of is 9mm. For many years I have shot the aluminum variety. It was first CCI Blazer and lately it has been Federal. It is all made by the same company and works fine. I shoot outside and don't worry if I can't find all of the empties.

My carry ammo is Federal jhp's.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 10-06-2018, 12:10 PM
Rammer Jammer's Avatar
Rammer Jammer Rammer Jammer is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 57
Likes: 33
Liked 107 Times in 38 Posts
Default

I reload so the only factory ammo I buy is 22lr or 9mm because it has come down in price so much it isn't worth my time to reload it. The cost savings just aren't there for 9mm.

I use steel cased ammo for 9mm whether it be Winchester Forged or Tula. Whichever is cheaper.

My revolvers only get fed with my reloads.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 10-06-2018, 12:18 PM
dr. mordo's Avatar
dr. mordo dr. mordo is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 810
Likes: 1,879
Liked 1,175 Times in 439 Posts
Default

I'll shoot anything that isn't steel cased. The last couple of years I've been buying from smaller online manufacturers - PrecisionOne and Freedom Munitions. I've shot thousands of the FM and only hundreds of the P-One, but I haven't had any problem with either.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 10-06-2018, 12:55 PM
eahicks eahicks is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 321
Likes: 66
Liked 250 Times in 127 Posts
Default

For plinking/range time, in 9mm, mostly Winchester NATO, Blazer, and PPU NATO.
For .45, mostly Fiocchi and some Federal. Bulk deals usually.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 10-06-2018, 08:08 PM
bobknn bobknn is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Florida
Posts: 104
Likes: 27
Liked 44 Times in 32 Posts
Default

I only shoot .22 and 9mm.
9mm I prefer S&B 124 gr NATO
.22 I like Federal Automatch and CCI Mini Mags

I buy in case lots from either sg ammo or target sports
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 10-06-2018, 08:16 PM
Doogie85 Doogie85 is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: South Central Kansas
Posts: 74
Likes: 172
Liked 80 Times in 40 Posts
Default

For the range whatever is priced right, seems like I shoot a lot of Blazer Brass. I stick with Federal HST or Speer Gold Dot for defense.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 10-06-2018, 10:00 PM
jbtrucker's Avatar
jbtrucker jbtrucker is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: N.Alabama
Posts: 405
Likes: 648
Liked 439 Times in 189 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bubbatime View Post
For plinking, whatever is available and cheap.

For defensive use, Speer Gold Dot and Federal HST.
Same for me
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 10-06-2018, 10:56 PM
andyinlz andyinlz is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 31
Likes: 0
Liked 58 Times in 8 Posts
Default

PPU for me, when available for my weapon of choice at the range.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 10-06-2018, 11:49 PM
ArchAngelCD's Avatar
ArchAngelCD ArchAngelCD is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northeast PA, USA
Posts: 5,450
Likes: 273
Liked 1,820 Times in 1,098 Posts
Default

When I did buy ammo I bought what was on sale at the time for range use. Back then Remington UMC ammo was often on sale. I probably shot everything that is sold but liked American Eagle, Remington UMC, PPU and Winchester White Box most. Independence .357 Magnum ammo was good stuff too.
__________________
Freedom is never free!!
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 10-07-2018, 02:29 AM
Joe4d Joe4d is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Virginia
Posts: 236
Likes: 35
Liked 147 Times in 83 Posts
Default

whatever is on sale, Usually buy Fiocchi , I dont buy much ammo. Pretty much just 22 and shotgun and now 300 AAC, as I am not set up to load, dotn have any small rifle primers and probably wont shoot it enough to justify cost. So just buying bulk Magtec for it.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 10-07-2018, 04:18 AM
chief38's Avatar
chief38 chief38 is offline
Member
Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 11,477
Likes: 3,859
Liked 10,889 Times in 4,363 Posts
Default

Self defense: Buffalo Bore, Speer, & sometimes Federal depending on caliber

Target shooting, plinking, competition: Hand loads

.22 target shooting/competition: CCI standard velocity 40 grain

.22 Rifles: CCI Mini-mags 40 grain

Bird Hunting: 12 Ga. shot shells that are 40 - 60 years old and inherited from my Dad. Mostly Winchester & Remington with a little Peters and Federal thrown in. They all work just fine including he paper hulls - never had one fail! The Pheasants don't seem to care.

Informal Skeet, Trap and Sporting Clays: What ever is on sale. Usually Federal blue box, Remington Club Loads.

Competition Skeet & Trap: Winchester AA
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 10-07-2018, 06:43 AM
Boudiepitbull Boudiepitbull is online now
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Vermont
Posts: 288
Likes: 419
Liked 408 Times in 162 Posts
Default

I seem to buy mostly Fiocchi ammo. Maybe I like the box. I usually order 5 or 10 at a time and then save the brass for reloading.

In .22 LR its 40 gr CCI Mini Mags and 40 gr Aguila High Velocity Copper Plated rounds.
The CCI feeds 2 target pistols and the cheaper Aguila feeds 2 long guns.

Last edited by Boudiepitbull; 10-07-2018 at 06:52 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 10-07-2018, 09:38 AM
CDR_Glock CDR_Glock is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 188
Likes: 392
Liked 211 Times in 87 Posts
Default

Plinking and competition 9 mm ammo, after doing a 2000 round stint: Speer 147 gr.

I値l settle for Remington 9 mm 115 gr, if I have to. I tried Defender Remanufactured Ammo 115 gr but it痴 pretty dirty to me.

Plinking and Range:

380 ACP:
I like Federal.

22 LR:
Eley Club, CCI, Eley Target, Eley Team


覧覧覧覧覧
Everything else, I Reload:

357 Magnum
44 Magnum
45 ACP
Subsonic 9 mm
Rifle: 6.5 Grendel, 300 AAC, 308, 223, 7 mm-08



454 Casull
460 S&W
500 Magnum




Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 10-07-2018, 10:56 AM
soFlaNative's Avatar
soFlaNative soFlaNative is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Hollywood
Posts: 7,155
Likes: 11,164
Liked 17,112 Times in 5,138 Posts
Default

I agree with Mr. Lowry's #15.
Most of my .38 sp. and .357 loads are 158 gr. so I grabbed a bunch of MagTech of the same weight for practice. I've heard claims of the ammo being smoky and dirty but haven't noticed enough to be a concern.
I save the brass because someday I'll be reloading.
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 10-07-2018, 11:13 AM
Bozz10mm's Avatar
Bozz10mm Bozz10mm is offline
US Veteran
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Georgetown, Tx
Posts: 1,609
Likes: 1,190
Liked 1,558 Times in 701 Posts
Default

Federal and Fiocchi fmj for practice, whichever is cheaper. It's usually Fiocchi. Federal HST for SD ammo.
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 10-07-2018, 11:47 AM
notsofast notsofast is offline
Member
Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo? Your go to ammo?  
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: above ground, under water
Posts: 273
Likes: 41
Liked 76 Times in 39 Posts
Default

New to the sport and I am learning a good bit about the guns but know less about ammo. Shooting Fiocchi looks like the best “store bought” ammo for me. No ftf yet and my sight and hand shake probably determine how close I can get to consistency.
Recently bought some Perfecta and also Precision One, so I’m trending towards cheaper rounds because for me to enjoy shooting it has to be reasonably priced.

Last edited by notsofast; 10-07-2018 at 11:55 AM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hog Ammo / Coyote Ammo (New to Forum, apologize if this has been asked in the past) jmbrock Smith & Wesson M&P10 Rifles 2 02-05-2016 02:29 PM
Geissele SSA trigger, 32 S&W long ammo and 455 Webley ammo for sale Toyman Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 2 04-27-2013 02:29 PM
WITHDRAWN: 44Russian Ammo Trip.Lock Sights 44Spl Brass 44WCF Ammo buffalo4star Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 8 09-10-2011 07:54 AM
All ammo sold 22 Jet ammo Vintage Factory and reload lots Docmonkey Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 2 08-04-2011 01:03 PM
WTS S&W knives and 40S&W ammo (Price Drop on the ammo and the S&W Texas Ranger knife) southernpride Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 11 04-21-2011 09:27 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:32 AM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
ゥ S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2018
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)