Fiocchi ammo.


July 11, 2003, 11:03 AM
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July 11, 2003, 11:04 AM
Shot a fair amount of their .380 ball with no complaints. Lots of folks with .32s seem to shoot Fiocchi a good bit, too.

Mike Irwin
July 11, 2003, 11:06 AM
Yes. Very good ammo.

Although some of the propellants that they use smell VERY weird.

The stuff they use in their .32 ACP makes me want to barf.

July 11, 2003, 11:08 AM
If you can get it at a good price, it's not bad. Regular retail may be a bit high for Fiocchi & there are plenty of other comparable ammo that can be found at a good price.

Mike Irwin
July 11, 2003, 11:51 AM
I buy most of my Fiocchi at gun shows, where it is normally a buck or two a box cheaper than comparable Winchester, Federal, or Remington ammo.

July 11, 2003, 11:54 AM
I've used their .32ACP, 9mm and 45ACP. Seems pretty good to me. It's at least if not more accurate than Winchester Whitebox. This like most European ammo seems a bit hotter than American ammo.

I agree with 10-Ring, that it's usually a tad expensive, but it goes on sale every once in a while at Cheaper than Dirt, SOG and such so I grab a case while the grabbing's good.

July 11, 2003, 11:59 AM
Some of the oddest smelling ammo I've encountered. Seems fine otherwise.

July 11, 2003, 12:22 PM
I just dig the 9mm and .357 but it's HOT HOT HOT!!

sort of like .357mag+p! ...................and the 9mm ball shoots just like +p stuff so it is good for training w/o spending the big $$$

July 11, 2003, 01:38 PM
The shotgun ammo used to be excellent. I haven't found any for a couple years though.

July 11, 2003, 01:41 PM
I've used their 9mm, .357, 45ACP, and 12 ga. with no problems. Their 142-gr. truncated cone .357 stuff gave the most wicked fireball out of the muzzle of my Ruger Blackhawk that I've ever seen. Huge balls of flame...was quite cool. :)

BTW, does anyone know if Fiocchi makes 22LR?

Mike Irwin
July 11, 2003, 02:01 PM
Oh yeah!

I've shot a couple of boxes of the 142-gr. .357 Mag. I'd forgotten that was Fiocchi!

It's impressive as all hell to shoot it at dusk!

July 11, 2003, 02:22 PM
I tried their 9mm. Five or six boxes with no problems.

July 11, 2003, 02:22 PM
Hey Mike,

Yeah, that 142-gr. stuff was fun! I can't seem to find it anymore, though. Last stuff I shot was about two years ago. I had ordered it from Cheaper Than Dirt. Their website no longer shows it, and in fact, they seem to carry very little Fiocchi handgun ammo anymore. Have you seen this stuff around anywhere lately?

July 11, 2003, 02:34 PM
Fiocchi is great stuff, priced teh same as S&B and loaded hot. -Probably to NATO specs.

Comes mostly from Hungary now instead of Italy, but haven't noticed any loss of quality.

July 11, 2003, 03:07 PM
.22 ammo

Yes they do. Bought a lot of different brands to try thru the new Ruger I acquired, ( hammer forged barrel, laminated stock, Simmons 8x32x44). Fiocchi had the best group, with no flyers.

July 11, 2003, 03:19 PM
Thanks, Keyhole!

I'll have to keep an eye out for it. I've never seen any around...may I ask where you found yours?

July 11, 2003, 07:52 PM
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Great stuff. I've been shooting the 9mm and 45ACP. No odor problem (I shoot with NF Mountaineer):neener: Clean and accurate out of a 3 in 1911 clone and and Beretta.

July 11, 2003, 07:53 PM
Yup, all their stuff is pretty hot, especially the .357 loads you guys mentioned! I was shooting some up last month and had forgotton just how how it was, had it mixed with some .38+p in my Ruger, man, what a difference when I hit the Fiocchi!:eek: Woke me right up!
I like the 9mm in my CZ 75B. Gonna have to get some .45ACP of theirs to try in my CZ 97B, see how that handles the hotter load.

July 11, 2003, 07:58 PM
9mm stuff shoots clean. I like winchester or fiocchi

Standing Wolf
July 11, 2003, 08:27 PM
Fiocchi .22 ammunition is the absolute tip-top best in my High Standards. I found three boxes of it on a shelf in an out of the way corner of a local gun shop, but it's no longer being stocked. It's much more consistent and accurate than anything else I've found.

Does anyone know where I can buy the stuff?

July 11, 2003, 09:22 PM
Sportsmans Guide list 9mm for $5.97 a box.

They also had 40S&W 145, 170 &180 gr loads as well as 200 & 230gr loads for 45 ACP

July 12, 2003, 12:29 AM
I've shot the 9mm and .357 loadings. A LOT of the 9mm, a little of the .357.

VERY accurate. Possibly the most accurate non-match ammunition I've found.

July 12, 2003, 01:08 AM
Fiocchi shotgun shells are excellent. I use the dove and quail loads and am completely satisfied.

Jim Hall

Ala Dan
July 12, 2003, 01:34 AM
Greeting's All-

I haven't seen any in year's; but I always
thought that it was loaded a little on the HOT
side!:D :uhoh:

FootNote- I'm 16 miles SSW of Bombingham, AL
in a little shabby town called Bessemer (Poverty
U.S.A.) AL; where bouts you at?

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

July 12, 2003, 02:33 AM
Shot very well in my old Manurhin PP .32acp.

July 12, 2003, 03:23 AM
Fiocchi makes some of the most reasonably priced .38 Super ball out there, and if it weren't for them, there'd be no 7.62 Nagant ammo available at all.

July 12, 2003, 06:01 AM
Agree, very good ammo, priced well. I've used from shotshells to handgun ammo.
Also as Tamara mentioned they have unique loadings, like 32 gauge shotshells. ( at least they did a few years ago ).

July 12, 2003, 06:23 AM
BAB, you were looking for Fiocchi .357 Magnum 142 grain? Check Ammoman. It's the very last entry under .357.

July 12, 2003, 07:05 AM
at Blythe's in Valparaiso, IN (at least sometime). It's used rather extensively for range ammo. 9mm and 45 acp mostly IIRC. It's a little cheaper than major American stuff so I just kinda thought it was more "price point" than higher quality.

Mebbe if I get ambitious I'll get the chrono out and check against other stuff

July 12, 2003, 07:52 AM
I'vve only shot their shotgun shells. Its all thats sold around here, but they sell a LOT of it.

Good loads.

July 12, 2003, 11:31 AM
Worked O.k. for me.

Mike Irwin
July 12, 2003, 11:49 AM
No one has mentioned one other thing about Fiocchi...

Very high quality brass, which is EXCELLENT for reloading purposes.

July 12, 2003, 12:32 PM
I've used Fiocchi ammo as well; in my experience it was accurate, reliable, and a tad hot.

One odd thing I noticed is that their 9x19mm rounds caused quite a bit of copper buildup in cmy onventionally-rifled barrels. It was much more pronounced than I've seen with Federal, Winchester, Speer, or other commercial ammo,

I didn't observe this with their .40's, but their .40's have a brass-colored jacket and are "Made in Hungary" versus the 9mm's copper-colored jacket and "Made in Italy" tag. (If memory serves.)

As a result, I tend to steer clear of their 9mms, unless I feel like spending more "quality time" with copper solvent and a brush.


Kentucky Rifle
July 12, 2003, 12:58 PM
I just put nine Fiocchi FMJ's in my Jetfire. (I'd tried it before in .25ACP and it seemed hot and heavy.) Plus, I always use it in my P-32. (You know. All that talk regarding "rimlock". Rimlock has never happened with my P-32, but I figured it *might. Murphy's Law and all.
I carry my P-32 a lot more now since I purchased that little Fobus Paddle on the way out of the gun show. For an inexpensive holster, Fobus is great. I'm also becomming quite fond of paddle holsters. ~Wow, I sure changed the topic of THIS thread. Sorry!):uhoh:


July 12, 2003, 02:28 PM
I do think their .32 is hot. KelTec P-32 works better with a heavy recoil spring when shooting it. I have one from Wolff, cost about ten bucks.

cracked butt
July 13, 2003, 02:49 AM
I like the 9mm stuff for my Beretta 92. I buy it for about $6 a box and it shoots excellent in the pistol better than anything else I've tried- in fact some other cheap brands shoot downright lousy in my gun.

October 13, 2005, 10:53 AM
How does Fiocchi .38 Special 158Gr LRN compare to Magtech .38 Special 158Gr LRN in terms of accuracy, reliability and power?

Fiocchi is more expensive than Magtech by about US$2.67/50rd box at the only ammo retailer in town.

Is it worth the extra cost to buy fiocchi?

October 13, 2005, 11:07 AM
i guess this is where i tell every one i disagree i bought about a case of it to shoot skeet "bought it at the range" and it was one of the worst ammos i have ever shot it jammed my buddys 870 more than a few the n it did not burn completely through my mossberg i have to say for the price i was very disaponited

cracked butt
October 13, 2005, 11:10 AM
Fiocchi seems to be the only bargain ammo that shoots accurately in my beretta 92. I've tried american eagle, UMC, blazer, and Win white box ammo in my 92 and they all shoot like crap. A local gunshop gets several cases of it every year and I stock up when its available IIRC, they charged about $4.99 a box.

Fiocchi .45 auto shoots really nice in my 1911 as well.

October 13, 2005, 11:11 AM
My P-32 likes it just fine.

It chrono'd @ 1100 fps.

I don't shoot the P-32 very much, but if I need it for close-up SD, hot is good! ;)

October 13, 2005, 12:34 PM
their good, my only complain is the recoil, feels like im shooting a +p+ in my 45s and 40s!!! :what:

October 13, 2005, 07:26 PM
I've used their .455 Eley, 7.62 Nagant and 45 ACP, all with very good results. Their 45ACP is loaded to full 1911 specs, where the Win. white box and UMC are loaded down. In fact, all US commercial .45 and 9mm is downloaded to some degree. IIRC, 9mm NATO is equal to +P by SAAMI specs.

October 13, 2005, 07:31 PM
The Fiocchi 230gr 45acp ammo is great stuff. It can usually be had pretty cheaply too.

October 13, 2005, 07:33 PM
I've used 9mm, .40, 38super, and .45 Fiocchi. It all worked well, better than Winchester.

October 13, 2005, 08:21 PM
I've used Fiocchi in my Benelli, both buckshot and slug. the slug works fine, had some trouble with the buckshot. still messing around trying to see if it's my fault or not.

try for Ficchie

October 14, 2005, 01:31 AM
Been shooting it for years in 9mm .40 and .45, not to mention 12ga. Good good stuff!

October 14, 2005, 02:04 AM
way to bring a 2 year+ old thread back to life, kannonfyre. lol. just messing with ya. the only fiocchi i have used was shotgun and it seemed the same as all the rest. i didn't even know they made anything else.

October 31, 2005, 04:03 AM
I note that on their website, fiocchi's .38 Special 158gr LRN is listed as being fired from a barrel longer than 6"s. This seems to create a larger than usual muzzle velocity and muzzle energy. Does anyone have any data how this round performs out of a 4" barrel? Does it match US manfactured +p ammo in "hotness"?

October 31, 2005, 11:04 AM
works great in my cz75bd

Sir Aardvark
October 31, 2005, 11:10 AM
I like Fiocchi, but also shoot a lot of Magtech, 'cause I get it real cheap.

October 31, 2005, 11:15 AM
Good stuff - Good price.


October 31, 2005, 02:10 PM
kannonfyre, I find Fiocchi 38spl, at least the FMJ version I've used, to be loaded hot, like a least a +p level. I like Fiocchi but I do not use the Fiocchi USA line which seems to be just repackaged Hungarian MFS which some of my guns disliked. This ammo I've seen in 45acp and the jacket material seems to be gold colored like brass and not a true copper jacket.

November 2, 2005, 02:01 AM
Fiocchi 142gr FMJTC is the only .357 iv ever shot out of my gun. Great ammo.

November 2, 2005, 07:52 AM
I didn't like their 38spl rounds... they seemed to kick more than the normal Magtech or WWB rounds I normally shoot in my SW 642 (snubbie).

But I have also shot them in my 1911 45.acp, and have percieved them to have less recoil, but more bang (in terms of sound). This has also be confirmed by a buddy who I let shoot my .45 that day.

Its hard to judge accross calibers, but I liked them in my .45, a little less recoil than my other target rounds, but seemed about as accurate.

I did not really enjoy shooting them in my .38spl snubbie, but if price was right, I will probably test drive another box to see if they shoot the same.

November 2, 2005, 07:59 PM
I've shot a lot of Fiocchi 28 ga. shot shells, #6's.
several dozen pheasants didn't like them though!! I've never had any trouble at all.

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