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Old April 26, 2018, 09:26 PM   #1
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What ammo do you prefer in 9 mm for competing?

Just curious.

I have been using 115 Grain, Blazer Brass for the past couple of months.

Just wondering about making a switch to 147 Grain 9mm ammo. I like to buy 1000-2000 at a time. All I’m seeing online is Fiocchi, Sellier and Bellot, Remington, and American Eagle. I haven’t looked into Atlanta Arms yet, but there are a few different grades.

Any experience? Any recommendations?

Is there a difference between ammo for IDPA vs IPSC or USPSA?

I’m using a Glock 19 or 34, by the way.

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Old April 26, 2018, 10:59 PM   #2
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If you're looking for high quality, it doesn't get much better than this.
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Old April 27, 2018, 09:42 AM   #3
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I load my own, but if buying, would probably get Atlanta Arms "remanufactured," whatever they call it.
I like the 147 grain subsonic, makes my auto feel like a ten shot .38 Special.

There is no difference in ammo between IDPA and USPSA (Not much IPSC shot in the USA.) at the Stock Service Pistol and Production level. Power factor 125 for both.
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Old April 27, 2018, 12:29 PM   #4
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Do not buy any brand in bulk until you have tried a box out of your pistol.
If you're not reloading you have to try a box of as many brands and bullet weights as you can to find the ammo your pistol both shoots well and cycles the action. The price means nothing. Plus for the shooting games, you have to consider the silly "Power factor".
Atlanta Arms is just one of many on-line retailers. Buying ammo on-line gets expensive quickly due to shipping and Hazmat fees.
USPSA is IPSC, Stateside.
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Old April 27, 2018, 07:58 PM   #5
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Atlanta Arms is used widely with Team Glock so that isn't an issue. Atlanta Arms will also make power factor, so isn't an issue (also PF isn't silly it was put in place due to people coming with bunny fart loads). Also buying ammo online is often cheaper than buying the same ammo from a local dealer, because unless they stock it they are just going to call up and order the same ammo so now you pay mark up on the shipping. Finally there are no haz mat fees on US ammo shipments it is purely by weight.

Atlanta Arms and T1 are probably the two most popular competition ammo companies right now. I've used both with no issues, Atlanta Arms is often cheaper since they are willing to actually reload brass, T1 only uses new cases. But they can be price competitive even with their new cases.

A third option I haven't tired yet are the new Federal Syntech 150gr USPSA ammo. I've never used it so I can't tell you how well it works. But some friends have and they seem positive on it.
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Old May 17, 2018, 03:42 AM   #6
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NATO spec M882 124 grn FMJ RN at 1250 fps.

I buy it on sale from Midway USA or Natchez Shooter's Supply
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Old May 17, 2018, 07:54 AM   #7
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I also use large amounts of blazer brass (124 grain) which I found to be decent at shorter ranges. It definitely though doesnt compare to match grade ammo at longer distances. Groupings for BB show near 5 inches at 25yards from a ransom rest. Atlanta Arms is definitely at the top of the lists as far as being the best but your gonna pay at least double what you are for the BB. I recently tried the 147 grain American Eagle and didnt like it at all. I thought the BB 124g was smoother at least out of my gun. Havent tried them yet myself but have read Browning Performance Target 147g holds match grade groupings at more normal grade prices.
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Old May 18, 2018, 01:33 AM   #8
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here is a review of some 9mm match ammo, if it helps ....
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Old May 18, 2018, 03:02 AM   #9
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If you're looking for high quality, it doesn't get much better than this.
Good stuff, 147g close to my Ranger T 147 HP. Never had a misfire when big into IDPA.
I seem to remember my Buddy had great prices, he bought huge batches, I bought from him.
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Old May 18, 2018, 01:02 PM   #10
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I think any of the commercially loaded 147 grain ammo will work best for you. I found the recoil with the 147 bullet to be more manageable with less blast and quicker follow up shots.
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Old May 19, 2018, 03:39 AM   #11
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handloads that make the PF requirements but just barely.

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Old May 19, 2018, 07:45 AM   #12
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I just used some 147 gr Lawman, and I felt I had a lot more control shooting 2-3 shots at the A-zone in a faster time...when compared to my 115 grain.

I still have about 150 rounds left of 115 grain Blazer Brass. I’m going to Time how I do with the Bill Drill using both.

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Old May 20, 2018, 10:13 AM   #13
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Lawman is 140+ PF, so they are pretty hotly loaded, but if you can get them cheap enough they aren't a bad option for non-match factory ammo.
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