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Old May 28, 2020, 11:36 AM   #1
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best 9mm ammo for plinking?

I'm looking for good ammo to use at the range or whenever I go out to my friends house in the country. I want something cheap but I cant use all ammo at the range. Some are not allowed. I've been using Remington in my springfield xds. would anyone recommend these?

https://www.ammofreedom.com/federal-...y&utm_term=9mm
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Old May 28, 2020, 01:46 PM   #2
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115 or 124 gr FMJ from any manufacturer should be fine for practice purposes...Federal, American Eagle, Winchester, Remington, UMC, Blazer, PPU, Fiocchi, and the list goes on. Keep in mind what your range's restrictions are...brass-cased, not reloads, etc. and you should be good to go. Personally, I get whatever is cheapest and don't look back.

I'm really only choosy when it comes to ammo for personal defense.
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Old May 28, 2020, 03:59 PM   #3
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I want something cheap but I cant use all ammo at the range. Some are not allowed.
Why are some brands or types not allowed at your range? I don't see how we can answer your question without knowing what the parameters are.
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Old May 28, 2020, 05:05 PM   #4
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Winchester white box is fairly cheap.
Blazer aluminum or brass is also cheap.
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Old May 28, 2020, 05:08 PM   #5
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Why does your range limit ammo brand usage?

Anyway, I'd suggest whatever is the cheapest you can buy and use at your range. Range ammo is pretty much just that, cheap ammo to shoot with at the range.
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Old May 28, 2020, 06:00 PM   #6
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Steel case Wolf or Tula are hard to beat.
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Old May 28, 2020, 08:29 PM   #7
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Steel case Wolf or Tula are hard to beat.
The OP (mdperes4) hasn't come back to tell us what his range won't allow, but my immediate guess was that they don't allow steel-cased ammo (such as TulAmmo, Barnaul, and the three Bears from Russia). Some ranges don't like it because they sell their scrap brass and they don't like steel cases contaminating the "product."

The bigger reason is the bullet construction. I think TulAmmo is similar to the others I named, The TulAmmo bullet is described on one web site thusly:

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Tulammo uses bimetal bullets.

Bimetal bullets are made out of mild steel and copper. The metals are layered to form a jacket.
So it's not just the case that's steel, it's also the jacket. I believe this can create a hazard of sparks, which in turn can ignite unburned powder residue. A great many indoor ranges don't allow steel-cased ammunition for this reason.
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Old May 28, 2020, 10:08 PM   #8
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The bigger reason is the bullet construction. I think TulAmmo is similar to the others I named, The TulAmmo bullet is described on one web site thusly:



So it's not just the case that's steel, it's also the jacket. I believe this can create a hazard of sparks, which in turn can ignite unburned powder residue. A great many indoor ranges don't allow steel-cased ammunition for this reason.
Maybe that's what they say, but I think it's bogus. Show us just one instance where bi-metal jacketed pistol ammo caused a range fire. They want the brass, period. Not steel and aluminum cases.

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Old May 28, 2020, 10:36 PM   #9
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I've seen sparks fly when steel- jacketed bullets struck rocks and gravel... mostly from a Tokarev. Steel jacketed bullets rarely enter my world, since I don't personally have anything that uses them. They could easily be a forest- fire hazard and we're actually blamed for one of our local wildfires several years ago. On a shooting range? Ask the range officials why they make their rules.
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Old May 28, 2020, 11:41 PM   #10
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The range I belong to doesn't allow steel or aluminum because they keep the brass and reload it.

From my perspective, whatever's fairly cheap. Just bought a bunch of Browning 115 gr. Seems to be fine. I've also used WWB, PPU, Blazer et. al.

I wouldn't touch Tula if I had a choice.
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Old May 29, 2020, 05:59 PM   #11
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Yeah, my favorite range doesn't allow aluminum either because as others have said they keep the brass...although they will let you police your own brass on slow days.

It's seems pretty easy to find 115 grain fmj brass cased 9mm for $10 a box if you look around even a little bit.
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Old May 29, 2020, 08:36 PM   #12
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I'm generally not picky on my 9mm range ammo. I mostly use brass-cased ammo but sometimes shoot a little steel-cased ammo through my M&Ps. But I won't use them in my 1911s.
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Old May 31, 2020, 01:54 PM   #13
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if using steel cased ammo, I would choose Winchester Forged steel cased 115 gr fmj

the bullet has a copper jacket over the lead bullet

the Russian TulAmmo has a steel magnetic jacket and a steel case

steel jacket might not be good for your bore (more friction) plus some ranges wont allow steel jacketed ammo because of sparks, richochette

brass cased ammo is my first choice, from any of the US name brands
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Old June 1, 2020, 09:38 AM   #14
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I like Fiocchi 115 or 124 gr FMJ, mostly because it comes in smaller boxes that are easier to store and transport.

Also, it's among the least-expensive new-manufacture brass-cased stuff I tend to find locally.
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Old June 1, 2020, 10:19 AM   #15
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Steel case Wolf or Tula are hard to beat.
Probably top of the list the OP said that the range does not allow!
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I want something cheap but I cant use all ammo at the range. Some are not allowed.
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Herters Brass rund pretty good. But if the rang states brands that are not allowed, they might include all Herters, not just the stel case.
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Old June 1, 2020, 10:45 AM   #17
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I'm looking for good ammo to use at the range or whenever I go out to my friends house in the country. I want something cheap but I cant use all ammo at the range. Some are not allowed. I've been using Remington in my springfield xds. would anyone recommend these?

https://www.ammofreedom.com/federal-...y&utm_term=9mm
Whatever's cheap. 115 grain FMJ from a wide variety of sources. it should all work well.

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Aside from my handloads, my XDS has not been ammo sensitive at all. Has run everything I've tried, 115-147 grain, FMJ or hollow point.
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Old June 2, 2020, 11:18 AM   #18
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Use ammoseek and order 1000 round cases. I haven't paid more than .20 a round shipped for range stuff in a long time. The current brass cased cheap stuff is usually Fiocchi or GECO.
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Old June 3, 2020, 06:17 AM   #19
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Speer Lawman or Federal American Eagle
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Old June 5, 2020, 08:44 PM   #20
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I reload so it's brass cased factory stuff when do buy commercial loads. American Eagle 124 gr FMJ is consistently the most accurate I've found in: 5 Sigs, 1 Colt 1911, two Browning Hi-Powers, & a 1 Ruger Commander. That's all I buy as a result. I've compared it against Sig, Blazer, WWB and Remington.

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