Anyone have experience with American brand ammo?

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  1. Jack Straw from Wichita

    Jack Straw from Wichita Member

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    I've seen advertisements for American brand ammunition, such as this listing at Sportsmans Guide: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/cb/cb.asp?a=148322

    The prices look pretty good, but I'm not certain of the quality. If anyone reading this has tried this brand, please share your experiences. Thanks!

    -Jack
     
  2. chestnut ridge

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    I purchased some 44 special from SMG. It seemed to be high quality, used
    new cases, and was clean. I shot it thru a stainless Rossi 5-shot
    revolver. I thought it was good ammunition.
     
  3. Werewolf

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    I've shot their .45 ACP 230 gr plated stuff.

    Pure unadulterated crap! Dirty, inaccurate and even had one that didn't fire and I've never ever experienced that in any of my .45's.

    Cheap ammo sold at regular ammo prices. I wouldn't buy it even if it sold for $6 a box instead of the $10.50 it goes for at the two places I've seen it for sale and the one place I bought it to try it out.
     
  4. kansas45

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    I tried some several month's ago & I thought it worked ok. I don't buy much ammo, I re load most of it myself. I think I got the American 45ACP ammo at the Bullet Stop in Wichita, but I don't really remember. I do remember that it was at least as good as WWB.
     
  5. UglyGlock

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    not to be confused with "American eagle" (red box with white and yellow lettering) which is made by federal and is quite good. well, it's not too expensive and is decent brass for reloading anyway.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/mediasvr.dll/image?saleitemid=156285
     
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  6. Jackal

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    I have used American .38spl. It has thin brass, loaded very unevenly (inaccurate) and super dirty. Firing it through my stainless Ruger Security Six made me feel like I was shooting black powder. It made a huge black plume of smoke with every shot.
     
  7. kansas45

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    Know what, UglyGlock? I think it was American Eagle ammo! Maby I should just shut-up!
     
  8. Biker

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    I've used it in my G23 and have no complaints.

    Edit: It was American Eagle I shot.

    Biker
     
  9. orionengnr

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    American ammo

    is headstamped "A-Merc" and is total crap. I bought some a year ago and will never repeat that mistake.

    Round-to-round consistency was crap, looks like they load the cartidges with a hammer and socket set.

    Many bullets were seated crooked, ringed marks on bullets, bulged cases, failures to feed, failures to fire and failures to extract.

    Some guy was trying to sell some at a recent gun show. Was asking $10 a box when I walked in; $7/box when I left, with no takers...
     
  10. JohnKSa

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    American has been sold as:

    American
    ADE
    A-Merc

    NOT American Eagle--American Eagle is Federal's Generic brand and is pretty good.

    American/ADE/A-Merc is some of the worst ammo I've ever had the misfortune to cycle through a firearm. That is WHEN it would cycle through...

    I consider it to be not only poor quality but borderline dangerous as well. I don't shoot it anymore and I recommend that others avoid it.
     
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  11. Firehand

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    Tried a couple of boxes of Amerc .30 Carbine. Fairly accurate to 50 yards, at 100 rarely touched the target. Brass seemed very thin-walled.
     
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    Hmm... Gecko45 uses American Eagle 9mm in his SW5. The choice of professionals, I guess.
     
  13. Justin

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    Utter garbage.
     
  14. rangerruck

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    I've used their 223 stuff, and it is quite nice.
     
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    I have used some in my 45 Colt New Vaquero

    before I realized most you think it is crap. Here is my brief experience. I got the gun in July and ammo was going up fast so I was running round buying 45 Colt ammo that was still $15 bucks a box. So, I ended up with some American. I could tell that it definitely had lighter loads then the Ultramax I was shooting and (I am a handgun beginner) I could hit the target better because recoil was lighter. Otherwise, having shot about two boxes or three I had no problem. However, I had to send the gun to Ruger after having problems with it so still have not shot up a couple more boxes of that brand. That is all I know. Except that I found on this forum that most of members think American is crap.
     
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    I haven't used american ammo, but i have used american eagle,which was brought uo earlier, i have used it in my glock 19, and ruger kp95, it worked fine in my guns. no problems.
     
  17. Jack Straw from Wichita

    Jack Straw from Wichita Member

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    Well, I'm glad I asked before placing the order! :what:


    Thanks to everyone for replying.

    -Jack
     
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    Another A-MERC thread...

    Try a search and you'll know!

    There should be a sticky on this stuff, and a sticky on Botach Tactical, too, warning people who don't know any better.
     
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    aint that the truth i have had 1 horrible experience with botach and i will never even look at there e-mails or website again, and i am taking and making it my personal mission and gola to insure that no one ever buys from them, or attempt to buy from them like in my situation, and 6 weeks later, after e-mails, and 3 phone calls, they tell me a bunch of bs.:banghead:
     
  20. conanman

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    It sucks

    A-MERC is the only ammo that has jammed up (every 5 or 6 rounds) my Walther P99 in 9mm. I'd stay away...
     
  21. Chipperman

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    A-Merc gets a BIG thumbs down!! :barf:

    Worst ammo I've ever used.
     
  22. Lou629

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    American Eagle, by Federal is fine. Amerc has gotten so many bad reviews that i have never been tempted. In fact, I've never been tempted to use anything other than federal, remington or winchester, and i've never had a problem. YMMV.
     
  23. shotgunkevin

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    It's good training ammo I think. It runs well through my XD .40 Service. $8 for 50.
     
  24. quicksilverpdx

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    When it comes to ammo it boils down to cost vs. effect! If you have a junker range pistole that you dont care if the barrel gets trashed and youll spend twice the time cleaning it, BY ALL MEANS THE CHEEPER THE BETTER! In my case I have invested alott ofmy hard earned mmoney into my pistoles and would NEVER run garbage through them! You will end up spending the same amount of money in the long run on repairs and or replacement so if you value your gun, dont go to the range if you cant afford it!



    SA-XD-40, their will never be one like it!
     
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    Turned my Springfield Champ into a jam-o-matic.
     
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