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M1 Carbine Ammo Report

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Drill Sergeant, Nov 25, 2004.

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  1. Drill Sergeant

    Drill Sergeant Member

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    I have recently posted this on other sites. If you shoot M1 Carbine it may be interesting to you:

    Went to the range yesterday to put one of my Bavarian Carbines to the test at 100 yards. I fired several different brands of ammo for accuracy (or at least as accurate I can be).

    The main reason for this post is to describe my experience with "American Ammo" brand. The bullet is of the copper washed lead type. In short, it produced multiple failures to feed, and even split cases. The expended brass was blackened and accuracy the worst of all tried. :cuss: The only upside to this stuff was that I was able to keep it into about 4 1/2 -5 inches at 100 yards. Certainly good enough for 'minute of man' accuracy.

    The best results were from RP 110gr JHP (under 1 inch at 50 yards and most groups at slightly less than 3 inches at 100 (best 100 yd, 5 shot group right at 2", center to center. Think it's even better than that, but maybe at another range session). Next W/W 110gr. FMJ just over the RP; PMC just over the W/W. No feeding, extraction, ejection or other problems with any of this ammo.

    The American Ammo is cheap and certainly a 'head turner' when available at under $6/box of 50, but as with most things in life you get what you pay for. Be careful with this stuff.

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)
     
  2. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to THR!

    American Ammunition is easily the worst on the market. People have been giving nothing but uniformly bad reports on practically all calibers of this stuff.
     
  3. JNewell

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    Best accuracy I've found is the yellow-box UMC load. This was kind of a shock, since it's not exactly premium ammo. It shoots to 1.25" or so at 50 yards with issue sights for me, which I consider stunning for a 50 year old carbine with iron sights and my not-quite 50 year old eyeballs.
     
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    American Ammunition AKA Amerc=Junk ammo by most measures. :barf:
     
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    As a carbine nut I usually load my own. But the absolute best accuracy I've found is the Federal soft point. It is expensive but will fire sub one inch groups at 50 meters in aal my carbines. For shtf scenarios I have two 15 round mags ready to go with this stuff. After that I have 200 rounds of my loads, 110 Sierra Soft point driven by 15 grains of 296.
     
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    This is not what I want to hear! I just bought 500 rounds of American Ammo .30 carbine at least weekend's gun show :banghead: .

    I've used their .32 ACP FMJ in the past with no problems and even got decent accuracy. I guess I should've spent a little extra on S&B carbine ammo. Doesn't it piss anyone else off that we have such a limited selection of carbine ammo :fire:
     
  7. g56

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    A few years ago we used to get Korean War surplus M1 Carbine ammo for $3-$4 a hundred!

    ....well, actually it was quite a few years ago... :what:
     
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