American Ammunition Miami, FL


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utbrowningman
January 4, 2013, 12:42 AM
Co-worker of mine just inherited her father's Colt Cobra .38 last week and a Ruger Standard. She let me take them home this weekend to clean them up, and of course shoot. With the revolver, came a clear plastic container (think an egg container only smaller for the .38 rounds) from American Ammunition of Miami, FL. Anyone have any information about this company? A search leads me to believe they are long out of business.

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JohnKSa
January 4, 2013, 01:03 AM
American/ADE/A-Merc is some of the worst ammo I've ever encountered. I consider it to be not only poor quality but borderline dangerous as well.

I am not talking about American Eagle--American Eagle is Federal's Generic brand and is pretty good.

jonnyc
January 4, 2013, 08:46 AM
Shoot it up, carefully checking for squibs, and then throw the brass away. Never buy any more.

orionengnr
January 4, 2013, 08:38 PM
I have never seen anyone have anything good to say about it. I have seen small quantities for sale at gun shows, and even during the Great Ammo Scourge of 08-10, most were not buying it. I did inspect a box or two of several calibers, and found bullets that were eccentric, some seated "cocked" and some out-of round cases. Laying a round on the table and rolling it showed these irregularities clearly. If they are not yet out of business, they should be. :)

The description of the container sounds like they may be someone's handloads, although I can't imagine why anyone would willingly use that brass. All the A-Merc I have seen has been RN FMJ. If the bullets are lead SWC or any type of JHP, I would probably dispose of them safely.

As a reloader, I pick up any brass that others leave behind. I load some, keep some, give some away and trade some. Before tumbling, I sort by caliber. Three things go straight to the scrap bin--aluminum cases, steel cases, and anything with an A-Merc headstamp.

JohnKSa
January 5, 2013, 01:38 AM
The description of the container sounds like they may be someone's handloads...Could be, but I've read several reloaders say that the brass is difficult or impossible to reload due to off-center primer holes and other issues.

gazpacho
January 5, 2013, 03:40 AM
I wouldn't trust A-Merc (et al) .38 special in a Ruger Blackhawk chambered for 357. There is not a single trustworthy component in their cartridges.

If I were in possession of that ammo, I would turn it into the local fire station for proper disposal.

My vocabulary is entirely inadequate to the job of describing how much I dislike this amunition. :barf:

My experiences with A-Merc ammo include multiple casehead separations, 1/2 loads, bad primers and out of physical spec cartridges.

utbrowningman
January 5, 2013, 12:13 PM
Thanks for the info. Based on the responses, I'll just dispose. As to the packaging, it has
an American Ammunition label. Rounds are LRN.

Ky Larry
January 5, 2013, 10:25 PM
A-MERC= pure junk. Avoid it like the plague.

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