Factory Reloaded Ammo

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Old 12-05-13, 12:36 PM
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Factory Reloaded Ammo

Anyone have any issues with factory reloaded ammo? I fired about 50 rounds through my new SR-1911 and have four or five mishaps. And you would think the reloaded ammo would be less expensive, but it is just as much. Why the hell would a company advertise that the ammo is reloaded and charge the same price???
 
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Old 12-05-13, 12:48 PM
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A few months ago I tried to support my local gun shop and picked up a box of 270. When I opened it at home it was obvious it was reloads, dirty brass, poor crimps, and busted foam packing. And it was more expensive. I haven't shot any, but for my shooting it will give me another excuse for missing. Just wish they had identified it as reloads, then I wouldn't own it.

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Old 12-05-13, 02:13 PM
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I have had mixed results with factory reloaded ammo but generally good in pistol calibers where velocity consistency is not such a big deal. Most factory reloads are cheap so they are loaded to the low end which may cause functioning problems in some guns. And, I've found some factory reloads to be dirty (dirty burning powder) so you may have more cleaning.

As for why they charge the same price as new... because they can get away with it. You also have to make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Factory reloads with jacketed hollow points compared to new FMJ could end up being about the same.

One of the big exceptions would be reloaded ammo from a reputable source like Black Hills. Their reloaded ammo could easily cost more than cheapo new stuff but everything of theirs that I have shot has been very good quality and if the box did not say reloaded/re-manufactured you probably would never know.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 04:39 PM
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Reloaded by WHAT factory? A local Joe that happens to have a high capacity Dillon setup? Or someone who collects all the trash brass from local ranges and spends hours on weekends cranking out a couple of thousand on his progressive? Or an actual licensed company that has employees and some sort of quality control?

Before you blame the ammo, what kind of failures occurred with your Ruger? Stovepipes? Failures to feed? No go bang? Don't start blaming ammo unless you have AT LEAST a few hundred through the gun with no issues. Could be all sorts of things...
 
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Old 12-05-13, 07:06 PM
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Failures to feed. Ammo is Jack Ross. It was 33 degrees that day (shooting outside) and both the ammo and my 1911 had been sitting overnight in my truck. Maybe that explains it--brand new freezing cold pistol with freezing cold ammo.
 
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Old 12-06-13, 07:43 AM
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Very possible. Esp if the pistol and magazines weren't given an initial cleaning. I've also had reloaded ammo with a little lube on the cases that felt a bit "sticky". Cold weather = slightly lower pressures and velocity. 1911z are also more sensitive to hold. "Limp wrist" them at all and they will mis-feed. Gloves and/or heavy jacket can contribute to the issue.
 
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Old 12-06-13, 06:58 PM
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I'm sure it will be fine once I break it in some more. My new 1911 shoots awesome by the way. My favorite pistol.
 
 

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