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American Ammunition Miami, FL

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by utbrowningman, Jan 4, 2013.

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  1. utbrowningman

    utbrowningman Member

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    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.
     
  2. JohnKSa

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    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.
     
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    Shoot it up, carefully checking for squibs, and then throw the brass away. Never buy any more.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  7. utbrowningman

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    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.
     
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    A-MERC= pure junk. Avoid it like the plague.
     
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