Zero Bullets any good?


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spiroxlii
January 29, 2008, 04:29 PM
I was shopping on the Georgia Arms website for some defensive 9mm ammo. They carry 9mm ammo loaded with 115 and 124 grain Gold Dots, but in 147 grain 9mm JHP ammo, they do not use Gold Dots because they say the bullet design causes cases to bulge.

I asked what bullet they use, and the response I got was that their 147gr 9mm JHP ammo is loaded with Zero bullets. Georgia Arms claims that the Zero 147gr JHP is the same bullet design (but not the same manufacturer) as a Winchester bullet. I would guess they mean it's the same bullet design as the 147gr JHP used in the Winchester White Box ammo. I was also able to find sources on the internet saying that Fiocchi uses Zero JHPs in some of their cartrdiges.

What do you think of Zero bullets? If their 147gr 9mm JHP bullet really is the same design as the bullet used in the WWB ammo, then I feel comfortable using it as my carry ammo, since WWB JHPs feed well in my Bersa and expand consistently (albeit without any fancy "talons" or "claws").

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callgood
January 29, 2008, 04:52 PM
I bought some Zero 158gr SWCs to shoot in my GP100. They are VERY soft. As in you can flick the lead off with your fingernail. Now I have a LOT of them to shoot soft loads in my 642.

I'm shooting cast bullets from Missouri Bullet now.

I've never used Zero's jacketed bullets. They're not too far from me, I may give them a try.

cdrt
January 29, 2008, 04:55 PM
I've used their 230 grain FMJ in my hardball .45 and their 148 grain HBWC in my 1911 .38 Special conversion. Both worked just fine.

spiroxlii
January 29, 2008, 05:26 PM
It's interesting that the SWC rounds are so soft, but I'm not worried about lead fouling from Zero's JHP bullets, since they're jacketed. I've only run one mag through my Bersa so far, but they seem to feed reliably.

Has anybody tested Zero's JHP bullets for expansion?

Jamesmb
January 29, 2008, 05:31 PM
I just got into reloading and bought 500 Zero bullets, 158gr JHP for my 357 Smith & Wesson and seem to be fine. I called them up and they told me they use the Hornady tables for reloading.

callgood
January 29, 2008, 05:32 PM
Yes, I thougt you might order some lead bullets at the same time and would find my experience useful.

Walkalong
January 29, 2008, 06:40 PM
I have had great luck with Zero bullets in 9MM, .40, & .45.

spiroxlii
January 29, 2008, 07:25 PM
Walkalong, what do you mean by "great luck?"

Georgia Arms ammo loaded with the Zero 9mm JHP bullets feeds just fine in my Bersa, so in that sense I guess I've had "great luck" too.

What I can't find are any range reports or tests using the Zero JHPs in gelatin or wet newsprint. I'm going to keep looking to see if I can find reports from Fiocchi rounds loaded with this bullet.

Roccobro
January 29, 2008, 07:38 PM
Where are you guys buying your Zero bullets from?

Justin

cdrt
January 29, 2008, 08:05 PM
MPS Company
10444 Monroe Rd, Matthews NC 28105
phone: 704 847 8793
email: mps28105@aol.com

Walkalong
January 29, 2008, 09:15 PM
Walkalong, what do you mean by "great luck?"
Very accurate. Feed well. I carry factory loads, not reloads, not Zero's.

Where are you guys buying your Zero bullets from?

Ghost Holster (http://czcustom.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=fd158e1a893daa6fc60d48db1efed4a4)

Roze Distribution (http://208.178.180.130/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=ROZE&Category_Code=JPB)

Powder Valley (http://www.powdervalleyinc.com/)

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