Acccuracy of "Factory Second" Ammo


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Hypnogator
March 3, 2011, 07:56 PM
Yesterday I made it to the range to try out some of the "Factory Second" Federal EFMJ ammo I got at CTD for $14.97/50. As you can see, not much, if any difference between it and premium HST! Also, that neither grouped as tightly as non-plus-P target ammo.

All groups were fired at 7 yds (I know, not much of an accuracy test) with my Walther PPS. The HST group was fired first, followed by the EFMJ group, then the WWB group. The shooting was complicated by the fact that my aging eyes had great difficulty picking up the sights against the black target. I later did much better on a standard white target with black bull and rings.

The results:

http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy133/Hypnogator/Guns/FederalHST.jpg

Federal 165-gr HST +P

http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy133/Hypnogator/Guns/FederalEFMJSeconds.jpg

Federal 165-gr EFMJ +P "Factory Second"

http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy133/Hypnogator/Guns/WinTarget.jpg

Winchester "White Box" 165-gr Target Load

And for comparison, a group I fired with my Ruger LCP with it's atrocious trigger-pull, but with Crimson Trace Laser:

http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy133/Hypnogator/Guns/RugerLCP.jpg

I certainly won't hesitate to buy more of the "factory second" ammo for range use, and substitute standard defensive use. :cool:

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DoubleTapDrew
March 3, 2011, 08:03 PM
Did you chronograph it, or notice any difference in recoil?

Frozen North
March 3, 2011, 08:19 PM
A very close friend of mine works for Federal. He said that the factory seconds are no different than the first run stuff except for minor cosmetic issues.

If there was any defect in the assembly or performance, they would destroy the rounds.

Hypnogator
March 3, 2011, 08:51 PM
I didn't chrono the loads. There was an appreciable decrease in felt recoil in the non-plus-P target loads (naturally). There wasn't much difference between the HST and EFMJ loads, but I got the impression that the EFMJs might have been just slightly less "snappy" than the HSTs.

There was nothing obviously "blemished" about any of the EFMJ ammo. They were labeled as Factory Seconds due to "Accuracy."

When I get my rear sight adjusted and a laser mounted, I'll give it another go, and see if there is any discernible difference in accuracy at 25 yds.

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