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Anyone have an opinion of Sellier & Bellot 9mm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Hammerhead6814, Sep 21, 2010.

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  1. Hammerhead6814

    Hammerhead6814 Member

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    The Armory in Kearney, MO had a hell of a price on S&B 115 gr 9mm today. $8.99 a box of 50. $8.99!!! I bought two of them but now I'm wondering, why are they so cheap?

    Has anyone here shot S&B 9mm before? Observations? Thoughts? Accuracy?

    EDIT: Fixed the gr of the ammunition.
     
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  2. Roswell_Kid

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    155 or 115 grain?

    S&B is one of the few easily found ammo brands here, due mainly to the fact that we have a first class CZ importer who also imports the Czech ammunition as well. I´ve been through 4 boxes of the 115 grain FMJ and it feels strong and consistent in my 75 Compact.
     
  3. Hanzo581

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    I have only used Sellier & Bellot .380 and it is the only ammo I ever had problems with, so I personally won't buy their product again no matter the caliber. I get my 9mm from Wally World, Federal Champion 9mm 115gr for $9.47 a box and never had any issues with it.
     
  4. Zak Smith

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    I shot quite a bit of it in the 2000-2002 timeframe. If I remember correctly, the bullet has a steel jacket, "washed" with copper. The only squib I have ever had in a pistol round was a S&B 9mm.
     
  5. a-sheepdog

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    I have shot alot of S&B 45 acp ammo without any problems. I would pick it up for that price for practice ammo.
     
  6. MattTheHat

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    I've shot plenty of it in .32ACP, .380ACP and 9mm. I don't recall any problems. The stuff seems a bit hotter than WWB.


    -Matt
     
  7. Full Metal Jacket

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    great stuff. been using it for almost 20 years. it's cheap because it's made in the Czech repub, so it's not made by overpaid union workers getting $50/hour to tighten a bolt on the assembly line ;)
     
  8. Snowdog

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    I went through a half-case of 115gr FMJ a while back and hadn't any problems from the pistols I used it in (G19, Taurus PT-99 and K9).

    I also purchased a few boxes of JSP S&B 9mm (I believe it was 124gr but I'm not certain) that worked fine as well.

    I mostly used S&B for my .45acp handguns back when it still sold for $8/50. The stuff was excellent for the price. Then the first ammunition drought drove prices to twice that and it pretty much leveled off there. That's when I started loading my own, one of the better decisions I've made.
    Bottom line, I think S&B is one of the better brands.

    I've read Fiocchi and IMI/Samson offered 158gr FMJ in 9mm, but I suspect you're asking about the 115gr for S&B as Roswell Kid mentioned. 155gr is a weight usually associated with the .40S&W and 10mm.
     
  9. bds

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    I have shot a lot of S&B ammo for match shooting quite a few years back. Just as accurate as PMC.

    For $8.99/50, I would buy a bunch and buy a reloader with the money I saved! :D
     
  10. skwab

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    I've put several hundred rounds of S&B through multiple 9mms and haven't had a problem that I can recall. The range safe stuff is a little on the weaker side, but I've found that true of any "range safe" ammo I've tried. But for practice ammo it's great.
     
  11. Pilot

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    I've shot thousands of rounds of S&B without issues. Its a good buy and great ammo.
     
  12. labhound

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    I've shot it in .380, 9mm, and .45 acp. All shot fine with no problems.
     
  13. CZguy

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    I've shot S&B extensively for the last ten years, and prefer it to Winchester white box, or Remington UMC.

    It is hotter than American ammo.
     
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    I bought 1000 rounds about 6 months ago and am almost through it all. At that price I would buy a ton. I have had zero issues.
     
  15. Fastcast

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    In my experience all S&B, in multiple calibers, has ran flawless......A+

    I agree it feels hotter than the low price Win & Rem stuff. :fire:
     
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    I have shot several boxes through my 5906, Stoeger Cougar 9mm, LCP and Bersa Thunder. Never had a problem and is relatively cleaner than a lot of brands. Not much fouling to clean up afterwards.
     
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    Better than most other ammo you find at that price.
     
  18. vaupet

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    I've shot 115 gr and 124 gr FMJ 9 mm and 230 gr FMJ 45acp plus some 55 gr fmj 223 rem. All nice and clean, no problems at all.
    I now use Geco in 9 mm and Fiocchi in 45.

    I am under the impression that European arms function better with european ammo and vice versa though.
    The CZ shooters at my club all swear by S&B. They claim CZ are developed and tested with S&B hence, they shoot better.
    No scientific proof, just a feeling
     
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    I've been getting it fairly cheap at Cabella's. I've shot over a thousand rounds 124 gr ball Police and it feels hot.
     
  20. wbwanzer

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    S&B 9mm is pretty much all that I use. Never had a probelm. I would buy all that I could at $8.99 a box!
     
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    I've run hundreds of S&B 115gr. 9mm through my Glock 17 without any problems.
     
  22. Roughneck08

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    I also have recently shot two 50 round boxes through my G17. Loved it, ran flawless.
     
  23. The Bushmaster

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    An opinion of S & B 9mm X 19? Yup...The cases are great for reloading...
     
  24. Phil In Idaho

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    +1 on the S&B 9 mm. Shot about 700 rounds without a single failure. Feeds fantastic in my Sigma (No jokes) and my P-95. But of course almost anything does.

    Cases are fantastic to reload. At the $8.99 price that almost as cheap as just buying one fired cases for reloading.

    I'm ordering 14 boxes today for a class in the spring.

    Great stuff.
     
  25. hso

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    Back before 2008 I had shot over a couple of thousand rounds of S&B 9mm and found it to be excellent ammunition. I still have S&B 9mm on hand from then so I can not tell you if the current production ammunition is still of the same quality.
     
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