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What ammo to use in competitions

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by HeyItsJeff, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. HeyItsJeff

    HeyItsJeff

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    I'm about to get into competitive shooting and was wondering what is the best kind of ammo that should be used. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Jeff
     
  2. PattonT

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    I'm assuming 9mm? A heavy grain fmj or hard cast is what most all competition shooters are shooting. If you are talking off the shelf production ammo I really like 124gr Speer Lawman, it is clean, consistent and very affordable. Unfortunately 9mm is still scarce so you may be stuck with whatever you can find. Plan on getting into reloading fast.
     


  3. HeyItsJeff

    HeyItsJeff

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    I probably should have said that I was going to be using a Glock 34, which would mean 9mm.

    Thanks for the advice. Like you said now I have to find the ammo!
     
  4. DannyII

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    Atlanta Arms & Ammo GSSF load. 880 ft/sec. A real cream-puff to shoot and very consistent accuracy, too.

    (When you can get it.)
     
  5. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    If buying a jacketed 147gr, if reloading a hard cast lead 147gr flat point.
    Either should give good power factor and easier felt recoil.
    I shoot the 147gr hard cast lead from a stock Glock 19 and it is really a good combination for accuracy and recoil. :supergrin:
     
  6. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    What kind of competition? How long have you been shooting for?
     
  7. HeyItsJeff

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    I've been shooting with a handgun for about 10 years now but that has just been at a range or friends house. I've never shot in a competition and am just in the early stages of getting into it. From what I can gather there are 2 major organizations and I haven't even begun look into the events. Right now I'm looking at getting my gun ready and then practicing with it.
     
  8. Dave.1

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    Most people I meet at GSSF matches shoot 147g in 9mm.

    Sub-sonic round will (in theory) give you less felt recoil and muzzle flip. Easier to get back on target and easier on your body if shooting many different classes.

    I looked at Atlanta Arms web page and it looks like they are only selling to you if you already have an account with them.
    http://www.atlantaarmsandammo.com/ORDERING/ordering.html

    Dave
     
  9. davsco

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    advice given to me is shoot the heaviest bullet per caliber, so for 9mm would be the 147g. that will give you lower kinetic energy than a 115g so should feel less recoil for faster follow up shots. i have been using mostly fed 9mm 147g fmj in uspsa, idpa, etc and it's been working fine for me with g34 and g17.
     
  10. JimM_PA

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    9mm with a 147gr bullet has worked well for me in IDPA and USPSA. I suggest that you try 115gr and 124gr in your gun to see what groups best, and go from there. However, in today's market, your options will be limited by the ammo available in your area.
     
  11. HeyItsJeff

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    Thanks for all the advice. Now I need to get to the range and start training! First I have to actually find some ammo!
     
  12. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

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    It'd go a long way if you knew or said what sort of competition you're going to be in. Not all ammo is created equal and not all games use the same rules.
     
  13. HeyItsJeff

    HeyItsJeff

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    I'm knew to this but I was looking to get involved with the USPSA. I live outside of Chicago (no comments needed I know how bad that is!) and I'm they seem to have events in IL, WI, IN and MI.
     
  14. Dave.1

    Dave.1

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    Better outsid than in. :supergrin:

    Sorry, couldn't help myself. Welcome to the Forum. :wavey:

    Dave
     
  15. HeyItsJeff

    HeyItsJeff

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    hahaha no joke. It's a great city and overall not as dangerous as the numbers say. There are parts of Chicago that you just don't want to enter during the day or night! But I still live in the same county as the city so I pay super high taxes! I shouldn't smoke but I do. In cook county a pack costs me just under $10. In the city it would be over $12. In the surrounding county's it would be just over $5. The burden of living near a big city!
     
  16. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

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    OK since you've settled on USPSA pick a division, or at least a power factor. My guess would be minor. A 147 bullet and 3.3 Titegroup is a very good load for Production.
     
  17. Bruce M

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    Sadly, right now, I would guess that whatever you can find at a (semi) reasonable price. Best of luck.
     
  18. bigtimelarry

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    Try Blazer Brass 115 Gr. it has a snappy soft feel and cycles fast. It's pretty consistent too.