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Bulk ammo

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Bobson, Feb 21, 2013.

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  1. Bobson

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    What's the deal with bulk ammo? Seems like with .40 S&W and .45 ACP, most if not all bulk ammo is distributed in the bullet weights each caliber was designed for - 40 S&W in 180gr, and 45 ACP in 230gr. Those are the only bullet weights I've ever seen offered in bulk; so even if they aren't the only weights offered (in bulk), they must be significantly more common than others.

    So why does 9mm bulk always seem to be 115gr? Wasn't 9x19 designed around 124gr bullets? Again, this is the only bullet weight I've ever seen offered in bulk 9mm, by any manufacturer.

    Is there a pattern or something I'm missing? I personally dislike 115gr ammo in 9mm, and prefer 124gr over any other weight, even for paper-punching. Not a huge deal, ofc - I don't buy bulk 9mm as a result... I'm just wondering if there's something to this I'm not getting.
     
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    They are the standard weights for ball ammo.
     
  3. AnthonySmithXR

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    Yes. And 115 is cheaper (less metal) and more suited for bulk, economy pricing.


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    They are the standard FMJ rounds that the guns were designed to shoot and everyone shoots them from time to time. Bulk ammo is made to sell for less than other types and therefore makers concentrate on what sells best to control costs and maintain high volume.
     
  5. Bobson

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    Ok so 115gr is the standard for 9mm. Idk why I thought it was 124gr... oh well. Thanks guys.
     
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    124gr is the standard for .357 mag.
     
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    I've never seen a 124 grain .357 Mag., but plenty of 125s.

    For some reason I thought the 9mm was introduced in 124 gr., but I have no idea where I got that idea decades ago.

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    Nato standardized 9mm at 124gr, but I thought that was the way it was designed too.
     
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    From what I've read, 124 gr is what the cartridge was designed for. 115 gr became more popular in the U.S. because of it's higher velocity.
     
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    I noticed the same thing
    Couldn't get 124gr in bulk so I started reloading.

    I know the CZ75 platform was designed around 124....

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    Reload and you can buy 124gr bullets in bulk all day long, and at 1/4 the cost...
     
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    I've bought 1000-rd bulk packs of 124gn 9mm. Also googled "9mm 124 bulk" and found other suppliers. Of course, it's not in stock at the moment, but it's not like no one sells it.
     
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