Which Manufacturer Makes Best Cartridges?


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Auburn1992
April 28, 2008, 11:57 PM
Which firearm/cartridge manufacturer has come up with the best rifle cartidges in your opinion and which cartridges would it be.

Some like Winchester, Remington, Weatherby, Luger, Colt, etc.

My vote would probably have to be with Winchester for rifle cartridges and Remington for handgun. Winchester - .243, .270, .308, .300 win mag (wssm), and of course the .30-30.

For Remington's handgun cartridges they would be the .357 magnum, .38spl?, and the .44 mag.

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DPris
April 29, 2008, 12:26 AM
There is no best maker, all have good & bad.
Denis

Winchester 73
April 29, 2008, 12:26 AM
For Remington's handgun cartridges they would be the .357 magnum, .38spl?, and the .44 mag.
Agree, and also like Hornady for .38 Special JHP,XPT, and Garrett Cartridges for .44 Magnum and 45-70 big critter applications.
Sellier & Bellot and Fiocchi make a lot of good practice ammo in many calibers at reasonable prices.

MachIVshooter
April 29, 2008, 12:27 AM
Do you mean which manufacturer commercialized the cartridge, or which manufacturer offers the best loads for a given cartridge?

If it is the former, I'm gonna have to go with Remington all around. They have developed more useful cartridges and standardized more wildcats than any other ammomaker.

For Remington's handgun cartridges they would be the .357 magnum, .38spl?, and the .44 mag.

.38 Special and .357 mag were both S&W developments (as was .41 mag). The .357 Maximum and .44 mag were Remington, though S&W actually set the design parameters for the .44.

bogie
April 29, 2008, 01:23 AM
Well, I guess I like the Wildcat Ammo Company...

Guys, it ain't that hard - You can buy a Savage chambered in .308 Winchester or .22-250 Remington, or even some that weren't commercialized by a particular company... It's just nomenclature.

BammaYankee
April 29, 2008, 01:49 AM
Black Hills all the way!

230RN
April 29, 2008, 03:28 AM
I'm not sure what is meant by "best cartridges."

If you consider mere accuracy as one of the factors in "best," my first choice in ammunition is Federal.

This is pretty unscientific, but over forty years of reading American Rifleman tests of many guns, their testing of firearms with various ammunition seems to indicate that Federal ammo is at or nearly at the top in accuracy most of the time. Maybe by only a couple of thou, but there it is, regardless of the weapon/caliber being tested.

I'm willing to be challenged on that assertion, but I first began to notice it many years ago, and the "trend" I observed seems to be continuing.

This is not to say that I haven't found other brands to be more accurate in any of my own guns, but just as a starting point, I choose Federal first if I can whenever I get a new gun.

I have no affiliation with or interest in the Federal Cartridge Company.

I understand from some posts elsewhere that Federal, among some other .22LR Ammo, has been subject to delayed ignition, but I suspect that is largely a gun-cleaning issue, where gunk under the cartridge rim is cushioning the firing pin blow, or the firing pin might likewise be gunked up. Or, the edge of the chamber may be dented, which also deadens the firing pin strike.

Bobarino
April 29, 2008, 03:32 AM
Black Hills was the first one that came to my mind too. all of them have good stuff though. i think its more important to find one that shoots accurately and reliably in your specific weapon than brand loyalty.

Bobby

RockyMtnTactical
April 29, 2008, 03:47 AM
best for which purpose?? Plinking? Self defense? Accuracy? Value?

Black Hills is high quality, as good as it gets quality wise.

roscoe
April 29, 2008, 04:05 AM
DoubleTap and Buffalo Bore. They are really pushing things in the right direction.

Auburn1992
April 29, 2008, 08:15 AM
I meant which company commercialized the cartridge to the public first. Like Remington has the 7mm-08, .260, .357, etc. and Winchester has .243, .223, .308 etc.

MachIVshooter
April 29, 2008, 10:07 AM
I meant which company commercialized the cartridge to the public first.

That's what I figured. Like I said, Remington:

.17 Remington
5mm Remington Magnum
.222 Remington
.222 Remington Magnum
.223 Remington
.22-250 Remington
.22 Accelerator (.30-30, .308, .30-06)
6mm BR Remongton
.244 (6mm) Remington
.25 Remignton
.25-06 Remington
.260 Remington
6.5mm Remington Magnum
6.8mm Remington SPC
7mm-08 Remigton
.280 Remington
7mm Remington Magnum
7mm RSAUM
7mm RUM
.30 Remington
.300 RSAUM
.300 RUM
.32 Remington
8mm Remington Magnum
.338 RUM
.357 Remington Maximum
.35 Remington
.350 Remington Magnum
.375 RUM
.416 Remington Magnum
.44 Remington Magnum

That list does not include many of the truly obsolete rounds of the late 19th, such as .32-30, .38-50, etc.

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