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How many of you NEVER shoot factory ammo?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Float Pilot, Dec 6, 2012.

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Do you only shoot your handloads ?

Poll closed Jan 20, 2013.
  1. Yes, my hand-loads only.

    55.3%
  2. No, I mix in some factory ammo.

    42.4%
  3. Nope, I shoot factory ammo primarily, but read about handloading here.

    2.4%
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  1. RugerBob

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    I only use factory when someone gives it to me as a gift or something.
    My 45LC have never seen a factory load or a jacketed round. Cast my own for 45LC, 45acp, and 38s, and 45/70 and gas checked 308s for 30-30 and older 30-06s.
     
  2. blarby

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    I use factory ammo for a few purposes :

    Most of them center around the reliability, accuracy, and general functionality of my hand loads in comparison to factory loadings.

    One of the best places this was demonstrated was in my pursuit of better buckshot loads.

    I keep a box of 45 FMJ by winchester around perpetually for comparing new runs of 45 against a known and performing product. This may fall to the wayside with the completion of my 45 project, as I can know manufacture 45 ACP that is demonstrably superior to factory ammunition in every possible section of importance- including appearance and shelf longevity in non-optimum conditions.

    YMMV
     
  3. Crashbox
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    As a rule, I use factory ammo when I first use a new firearm or if perchance someone else would like to shoot one of mine. Otherwise, it's strictly reloads.

    That reminds me- I just bought a Ruger 1-H Tropical in .405 Winchester and need to put some factory ammunition through it for the first time shooting... good thing I have some... but for some reason I am slightly hesitant to shoot it now... recoil reputation? NAH...
     
  4. billybob44

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    95% Handloads..

    I checked the first box..I guess 95% is almost ALWAYS my handloads??Bill.:D
     
  5. RustyFN

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    The only factory ammo I have shot in the last six years is rimfire and 12 gauge.
     
  6. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

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    Just curious why you use factory ammo only with a new gun. Most of my guns have never seen factory ammo.
     
  7. HOWARD J

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    Only factory ammo I use is 7.62 X 39 Russian & 22 long rifle
     
  8. Crashbox
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    Mainly to reveal the possibility of any factory defects, and if so, I should not have a problem getting the firearm repaired if I am using factory ammo. Granted, the factory ammunition isn't 100% perfect but if I have an early-on issue it still stacks the deck in my favor vs. handloads.

    For the record, I've never had issues with any new firearm thus far.
     
  9. coloradokevin

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    My precision rifle and Mauser almost never see a factory round (though a few have been fired through them from time to time, mostly when I find a good deal on something I want to try shooting through it).

    But, like the OP, I'm an LEO. As such, my pistols often see the use of issued ammunition, which is what I carry at work, and use for qualification at work. We purchase our own guns in my department, so I do run hand loads through these guns on my own time, just not when I'm carrying on-duty, or CCWing off-duty.
     
  10. Coldfinger

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    I too kinda lied. I bought a box of .40 to run through my m&p while I researched loading .40. My .45's have only had the factory test round fired through them. I also don't reload 7.62x54r or the rim fire stuff (obviously).
     
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