I was at the gun show and it occurred to me that my previous range report failed to account for the use of good quality or bad quality ammo. So I bought some cheap ammo to get some specs.
Last week, I was shooting Federal.
This runs about $20 for a box of 50 at the gun show today. At the range, today, ten rounds at 30 feet looked like this:
7 shots in the 9 ring, 3 more on the 8 ring.
Then there is the cheapest ammo I can get. TulAmmo from Russia. Steel case. 230gr FMJ round nose. $13 a box.
7 shots inside the 9 ring. 1 in the 8, 2 in the 7.
Finally, some gun show reloads from a guy I don’t know. Again, 10 rounds at 30 feet. The price of these was $20 a box for 50, but that was a few years ago. I didn’t see their current price.
Results were about the same for all of them. Middle of the road = cheapest I can get as far as accuracy.
Then I shot 15 rounds each of Federal and Tulammo at 25 yards to check for a noticeable difference in drop. I circled each group with ball point pen. They pretty much overlap.
And they strike high and right. So I still need to adjust those sights.
Of note: I fired off the rest of that box of Tula. Out of 50 rounds, there were 2 missfeeds. I would expect that from my own reloads, using Hardcast bullets because they sometimes get a little stray lead around the casing mouth. But that is way too unreliable for me to use any of this for anything but shooting paper targets.
Next time: Reloading my own for some high quality ammo comparisons.