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What is a good ammo for plinking and price wise?

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Stock Doc, Jun 11, 2002.

  1. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    I have my 1918 Colt with the 1943 Remington Rand Slide and won't be trying to make it in to a match gun. I will shoot it for basic enjoyment so I would love to get a can of the $99.00 Military mix packs my buddy bought a few months back in the large tuna can. I know I won't find any and was hoping some here had some good sources on eqaul stuff. Thanks,,Rick B
     
  2. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    If ya don't reload get the CCI ammo with the aluminum cases. Cheap price wise but high quality, never had any fail me.
     

  3. Right on. I dont know about everyone else, but some gun ranges won't allow CCI--safety hazards--any comments?
     
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  4. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Really?, my range could care less though they would like you to shoot brass cuz they save it and sell it. They can tell when i've been there cuz they gotta pick out the aluminum and curse me!
     
  5. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

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    Some folks like S&B, Dillon has some South African stuff reasonable. Black Hills used to be priced right (haven't looked lately.
     
  6. The indoor range that I go to objects to CCI. You are probably right-- alluminum cases--they sell reloads there.
     
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  7. Ron Y

    Ron Y G&G Newbie

    I just saw an ad on the SOG website for .45 WW2 ammo in 600 round sealed tins. $89.00 plus s&h. Hand loading is the cheapest way to go.
     
  8. Eric

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    Just remember that WWII ammo in the sealed 'tuna' cans is corrosive. so if you shoot it, don't forget to clean it. My vote for good plinking ammo is S&B. Good Shooting!
     
  9. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    What is SOG's website? I dont mind cleaning the gun since I so that right away everytime I go shooting. I want atleast one tuna can worth before there all gone. Thanks,,Rick
     
  10. .45 Plinking Ammo

    Sellier & Bellot, all the way.

    First, you can get NEW S&B for less than the "spam can" ammo (I have gotten it for as low as $6.90/box by case). The primers and necks are sealed with lacquer. Reloadable brass/boxer cases. This stuff will last forever, and the brass is of high quality for reloading. In other words, you get a lot of options.

    Second, S&B is not like UMC, USA, PMC, etc. This is not range/target hardball. S&B velocities are @900 fps with 230 gr FMJ (as opposed to @825 fps). This stuff has more uses than just plinking...

    Third, S&B is not "bargain" ammo. It seems to be the highest quality economy ammo; accuracy and consistency are comparable to American commercial ammo. I have had 0% failures of any type with many different calibers. The .45 has always fed in every gun we have tried (now 7, incl. three Springfield 1911A1s and a Colt). It always goes "boom." That has not been my experience with the spam ammo.

    Can you tell I like S&B?
     
  11. Eric

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    Rick,
    I can't find anything with the SOG website. Their phone number is 1-800-944-4867 and their e-mail is: soginc@go-concepts.com.
    Hope that helps. Good Shooting!
     
  12. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    Thanks everyone looks like I have a decision to make now but as long as I get some ammo for shootin I'll be happy. Rick B
     
  13. Eric

    Eric G&G Newbie

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    Hey Rick,
    since you don't mind shooting mildly corrosive, go to: www.centerfiresystems.com They have the 756 round 'tins' for $89.97...at least they are brass case and boxer primed...700 pieces of brass ought to be a good enough reason to justify a progressive Dillon,LOL! Good Shooting!
     
  14. Stock Doc

    Stock Doc G&G Evangelist

    Thanks Eric I just ordered a can. Rick B
     
  15. Exactly what part of the ammo is corrosive? The primer or the powder. I always thought primer, but Erics post about mildly corrosive with boxer caps got me to thinking.
     
  16. "Semi-corrosive" and Corrosive Primers

    It IS the primers which are corrosive. Both berdan and boxer primers can be corrosive. Older smokeless powders are not corrosive in of themselves. For example, Alliant Bullseye and Unique are about 100 year-old formulas. They are not very clean by modern standards, but they are not corrosive.

    In the early days of metallic cartridges, the priming compound was highly corrosive (I believe a form of mercuric chloride). Over time, various improvements have been made for a number of reasons:

    1) Most of the corrosive chemicals found in older primers seriously corroded and weakened the brass cartridge cases, making reloading less effective. Reloading metallic cartridges was a common practice until the early 20th century (and has been again since WWII).

    2) Need to clean after each use. As firearm finishes and construction have improved, the need to clean a gun constantly has disappeared. For many years, the corrosive primers were not such a problem, because traditional-blued black powder pistols (for example) require constant cleaning. When the designs improved, the primers began to improve.

    3) Relatively few firms manufacture primers (worldwide). When the commercial market demanded non-corrosive primers and the industry made the change, it made no economic sense for the big companies to manufacture two lines of primers.

    As you can infer from these factors, boxer primers are less likely to be corrosive than berdan primers. The corrosive/semi-corrosive distinction exists because the priming chemicals changed from highly corrosive to less corrosive sometime between the wars in the US and most of Western Europe. I seem to recall that American commercial ammo and components were non-corosive by the mid '50s. Even today, some foreign military ammo is still manuyfactured with "semi-corrosive" primers. This sort of like being "a little pregnant;" primers are either corrosive or not.
     
  17. Eric

    Eric G&G Newbie

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    I had always been told it was the primer, something about potassium or something in them. All the adds for these WWII .45 rounds state: mildly corrosive...Now, thanks to this forum, I'm in the know. Thanks!
     
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