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Herter’s Select Grade Aluminum Case TNJ Ammo (Nyclad)

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by vulcan71, May 9, 2013.

  1. vulcan71

    vulcan71

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    This ammunition is manufactured by Blazer Ammunition for the Cabela’s house brand Herter’s with a Total Nylon Jacket and is based on the Federal Nyclad technology.

    I have found this ammunition to have the following benefits: clean shooting, no copper fouling and no lead fouling.

    The negatives: the 9mm Luger 115gr TNJ had a defective rate of 10% based on 500 cartridges purchased. The defects ranged from excess nylon jacket material, missing nylon jacket on bullet or damaged aluminum case.

    I discovered the problem when my FNX-9 slide jammed and fail to fire with a live cartridge in the chamber with the pistol ready to fire. My friend and I tried to move the slide but we could not. I called a range officer over and after 5 minutes he handed me a cartridge with a damaged nylon jacket and chewed-up rim that jammed in the chamber causing the slide to not move (there were no firing pin marks on the cartridge). Based on this problem I have to carefully inspect all the cartridges which I find too time consuming.

    I also use the 40 S&W 165gr TNJ and found 13 defective cartridges out of 300 cartridges purchased but I have not had an issue.

    I do not have any experience with the 45 ACP 230gr TNJ ammunition.

    When I use the ammunition I always have a clean firearm that has a recently oiled bore (properly maintained firearm) and I do not fire more than 100 rounds per range session.
     
  2. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

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    I fire a flintlock more times than that in a range session!! :whistling:
     

  3. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

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    Blazer Aluminum Case has a very good reputation for accuracy in Glocks.

    I know of many competition shooter who prefer it over any other.

    500 rounds is a very small sample, but if the defect rate really is 10% on the Herters, that would make it a no go...
     
  4. robhic

    robhic WOLVERINE!!!! Platinum Member

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    I've had no issues with the CCI Blazer aluminum ammo. In fact, I just shot a box of 'em yesterday. Any accuracy problems ain't the ammo in my case!!!! :crying:
     
  5. Jeff Hughes

    Jeff Hughes

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    Why not shoot more?

    That's not really much of a range session...
     
  6. vulcan71

    vulcan71

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    I live in a Milwaukee so I shoot mainly on weekends where in-door ranges limit your time to 1 hour so I shot up to 100 cartridges per firearm and I usually bring at least three or more so I do not shoot 100 cartridges per range session as that would be a waste of paid range time. In the summer I travel to different ranges in-door and out-door this is the time where I can shoot all day. :cool:

    As to the sample, it is based on my experience while using the ammo and is not intended to be a scientific measurement. I have read and contributed to the rating forum at Cabela’s regarding this ammunition and people either like it (no issues) or do not like it (many issues) so I am taking a neutral position as I like the ammunition but I do not like how many defective cartridges I have found in what I have purchased and what I found on the store shelf so I have examined many boxes. The ammunition examined is from many different lots (at least 20) due to buying the ammunition over many trips or online.

    I have no position on Blazer products and I have used the blazer 40 S&W ammunition in aluminum cartridges on a few occasions and have found the product to be of good quality. I bought the Herter’s product because I wanted to try a Nyclad bullet and I kept buying because that was all that was available. I stopped buying the ammunition when my pistol jammed due a defective cartridge and that is when I discovered the issues.

    In closing I am taking a neutral position on the Herter’s Select Grade Aluminum Case TNJ Ammo (Nyclad).
     
  7. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    I am neutral about this odd ammo also. I wonder if they make JHP bullets?
     
  8. vulcan71

    vulcan71

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    No only 9x19 mm 115gr TNJ-RN, 40 S&W 165gr TNJ-FN and 45 ACP TNJ-RN, Federal has brought back the Nyclad but I have only seen it in 38 Special 125gr HP #P38MA.
     
  9. frogmorton11

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    I bought a box of the .45 Herters Al case TNJ and used some this weekend in my g30sf. Worst ammo I have ever used. Wildly inaccurate. I couldn't believe what wild patterns this thing threw. And yes, I have run many a round through this gun and it and I shoot just fine. The last straw was when I got a fail to feed. First ever in this gun. On inspecting the unspent cases, they had obvious bulges around the bullet. I gave the rest of the box to another guy at the range and won't be buying any more.
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2013
  10. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

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    Never heard of it before this. I have nyclad for my jframe.
     
  11. WinterWizard

    WinterWizard

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    Sounds like junk to me.
     
  12. That must be a week long range session.

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.