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Black Hills and Pro Load...as Good as Federal - Opinions Sought

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Anthony, Jan 13, 2003.

  1. Anthony

    Anthony Well-Known Member

    Hello Everyone,

    Thinking of trying to order some Pro Load and/or Black Hills ammunition in several calibers.

    Do you think the ammunition from Pro Load and/or Black Hills is on the same quality level of Federal?

    Thanks for the opinions.

    - Anthony
  2. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Well-Known Member

    I'd say Pro Load is *at least* as good as Federal. Maybe better. I can't speak for Black Hills. I've shot alot of Pro Load, it is *very* accurate and consistent stuff.
  3. Chris Rhines

    Chris Rhines Well-Known Member

    I've had very good luck with Black Hills pistol ammo. It's reliable and consistent. I have never benched it for accuracy, but it's certainly accurate enough for a defensive gun. It also has surprisingly little muzzle flash.

    I carry 124grn Black Hills JHPs in my sidearm.

    - Chris
  4. dairycreek

    dairycreek Well-Known Member

    My experience is not unlike that of Sean Smith!

    An added word. The guy who owns and operates my favorite gun shop is a retired LEO, was a Marine sniper, is a state champion shooter. I respect his opinion a great deal. His opinion of Pro Load is such that is all he shoots in his hand guns. Good shooting:)
  5. Sven

    Sven Senior Member

    Bought 10 boxes of ProLoad +P in 9mm and .45 and shot it for the first time this weekend.

    VERY accurate stuff. I love it, though the spent shells were going about 20 feet out... I need to change the .45 to a 20lb recoil spring if this is going to be a steady diet.

    I'm converted - it's ProLoad all the way for my SD needs!
  6. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    From what I hear, a better question is "does Federal come up to the standard of ProLoad" and every answer seems to be "hell no".

    Black Hills also has a good rep for reliability, if not peak gonzo performance as ProLoad is developing.
  7. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Shot a 3 shot 3/8" group @ 100 yards with Black Hills 52gr JHP Match in .223.

    2 shots went in the same hole, I have trouble convincing people it's a 3 shot group. There was a little wind and it's very possible that the third shot which was the "flier" was the result of wind change since it was only displaced horizontally.

    Never shot ProLoad, but I think I can vouch for the Black Hills rifle ammo.

    By the way, that was their Blue Box stuff, it's made with once fired brass and cost me around $15 for 50 rounds.
  8. ACP230

    ACP230 Well-Known Member

    I've shot some Black Hills ammo. The handgun stuff was OK, but the .308 target loads were outstanding. Very nice groups at 100 yards. I should pick up some more of it.
  9. motorep

    motorep Well-Known Member

    I've used Black Hills ammo in my ARs for a number of years, it's always been consistent and accurate. I used to carry Federal HydraShok until I had two failures to fire in one box- duds, wouldn't fire in any of 3 1911s I had with me. Make your own conclusion.
  10. CZF

    CZF Well-Known Member

    Pro-Load..made in IDAHO with Speer components!!
  11. Slotback

    Slotback Well-Known Member

    I've shot a lot of Black Hills pistol ammo, and it worked extremely well for me.
  12. Traveler

    Traveler Well-Known Member

    I've been using Pro Load since before John moved to Idaho. Good stuff.

    Federal lost me as a customer when they hired a director of marketing who's claim to fame was a Pampers account and who disliked guns.
  13. Study Butte

    Study Butte Active Member

    I have used Pro Load quite a bit and like it very much.
  14. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    I've used both Black Hills and Pro-Load ammo., and like and recommend both. BTW, Mas Ayoob recently told me that the Black Hills 155gr. JHP is the single most accurate load he's ever fired in .40 S&W.
  15. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    All my "carry" ammo is Proload.

    The only thing I don't like about it: their 9mm 124gr +P offering is slow (1240-50 fps) compared to other 124gr +P loads. Factory Speer Gold Dots chrono at over 1300fps from my full-size 9mms.

  16. Carbon_15

    Carbon_15 Well-Known Member

    My only experiance with Pro-Load is in 10mm. I have shot a good bit of their 155 and 180gr 10mm offerings and found them to be very accurate and consistant...and they hit like a Mac Truck.
    The 155gr Pro-Load 10mm turned in the largest expanded diameter I have ever encountered....And I've shot alot of bullets into gellatin.

    1315fps (596 ft.lbs) impact velocity
    17 in penetration
    153.9gr recovered weight
    recovered diameter...1.239 inches :what:
  17. Blueduck

    Blueduck Well-Known Member

    Not much of a fan of magic bullets or jelly but.. Double Damn :what: :what:
  18. Anthony

    Anthony Well-Known Member

    Wow! :scrutiny:

    And to think I have been happy with .81 caliber recovered diameter of the Silvertip!


    I'm buying some Proload!

    - Anthony
  19. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    It's better than Federal.

    Carbon_15, please stop shooting things with fan blades!
  20. FLM

    FLM Member

    Just got my Cabela's shooting catalog in the mail and was happy to see that they are now selling regular Black Hills handgun ammo in addition to their cowboy line. 45 ACP 230 gr Gold Dots for $23.95.


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