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9mm Ammo for GSSF

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Navy87Guy, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. Navy87Guy

    Navy87Guy Salty Dog

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    I'm thinking about trying out GSSF next season with my Glock 17. I know, I know...9mm is on the low end for this kind of competition. Having said that, does anyone have any experience/recommendations on a particular type/brand of ammo to use for max effectiveness? I use WWB from Wally World (115 gr) for all my practice shooting.

    Any recommendations or anecdotes are appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Jim
     
  2. Don At PC

    Don At PC Senior Member Millennium Member

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    One of the TOP Master Class Shooters in GSSF uses only 115gr WWB. They call him "Factory Ammo Tony" from San Antonio, Texas. That is a good choice and if you feel comfortable with it and it shoots accurately in your gun go with it.
     

  3. Navy87Guy

    Navy87Guy Salty Dog

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    Thanks, Don.

    I wasn't sure if I need something a little hotter (like 124 gr). I was afraid there might be some issues with getting the targets to drop with just 115 gr. Nice to hear you can stick to the "basics" and still succeed!
     
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    WIG19 Light left on

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    Not at all, Jim. You don't need any more recoil than is necessary. Glocks of all calibers show up at GSSF, but predominantly 9mm. I helped a Master-class shooter load mags last year at a match and said, "this looks like WWB..?" He said it is; he just got lazy & didn't load any of his match loads up, stopped by Walmart on his way to the match. He does OK and probably has pistol award certs sitting around that are getting stale. Hang around GT long enough and you will see some of his fine photos are in his posts that are often question-answerers or argument-stoppers. His name his Butch and every bit the gentleman Tony is. ^c

    My own poison is Blazer 115gr. If I didn't get such a ridiculously good price from my dealer on it I'd use WWB. If I do my part, the plates & poppers go down just fine. I'm no top shooter, but the plate reacts the same for me as it does for Butch when hit properly. ;j
    (well, maybe that's stretching it, some of these guys are so fast that, I swear, the plates just lay down when they walk up...)
    Hope to see you at a match!
     
  5. G7

    G7 Mostly Metric

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    Ditto what WIG19 said.

    Plus:
    1) If you use factory loads, in the unlikely event of an AMMO caused malfunction, you get a DO-OVER. (With reloads, you do not)

    2) Another happy WWB shooter here.

    3) RO's like the free brass better than the Blazer cases (although Blazer now has a brass loading ???)

    4a) The accuracy difference between WWB and high-dollar ammo is, FOR ME, negligable. If I could shoot 4-inch offhand groups at 25 yards . . . then I might consider the expensive stuff.

    4b) Naah. I'm too cheap.

    5) NOT ammo related, but if you have never shot at PLATE RACKS before, two things: they are GREAT FUN and they will EAT YOUR LUNCH the first time you try them. PRACTICE. AIM. Shoot what appears to you to be SLOW. (Good luck after the buzzer goes off in your ear.)
     
  6. driver8m3

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    here's my 2 cents:

    i used to shoot blazer 115s because it was so cheap. but then i wanted to find a lighter factory ammo. so i tried these

    -winchester 147
    -s&b 115
    -blazer 147
    -federal 147
    -magtech 147

    of those, the federals were the lightest. i used the federals and the winchesters at big uspsa matches with chrono stages. the winchesters chrono'ed at 147pf, while the federals were 132pf (G17 both times)... a difference of about 100 fps.

    however, i was paying about $7.75/50 (not including shipping) so i eventually caved in and bought a dillon press. if i had to use factory ammo, i'd go right back to the federal 147s.
     
  7. idpadan

    idpadan Just a shooter

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    Whatever you do, once you find what you like stick with it for both practice and matches. Any light 9mm load that knocks down the poppers on the Glock M and holds a decent group will work.
     
  8. Glockman67

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    Have to second the Blazer 115gr!

    ^c

    gman67
     
  9. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

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    Seems easy until you try it. Problem is that it is a "reactionary target" and most people (until they get burned by it) will take focus off of front sight and look downrange at popper/plates just before shot goes off. We all know what happens when you take your focus off the front sight!!


    (You miss)

    WWB BTW.
     
  10. Fireglock

    Fireglock Which is worse?

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    It's not the ammo, it's the shooter. ;f If you're going factory Winchester USA white box or Federal American Eagle. Good luck. :)
     
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    SHot my first match with WWB .45 acp. No worries :) Will probably shoot blazer 9mm and Federal american eagle next time... whatever I get a good deal on. As FG said... it is the shooter, not the ammo...

    Paul
     
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    I also shoot either Blaser or S&B at the matches.;)
     
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    All steel targets at a Glock match are set to be tipped over by a standard 9mm round.
    I use the cheapest factory 115gr ammo I can find.
    I prefer using 147gr for the plates but thats just me. I can't really tell the differance between the 115gr and 147gr on steel, but I just feel the 147's give me a little bit of fudge factor.
     
  14. jth440

    jth440 NRA Instructor

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    i shoot blazers because they are 3.86 per box here. i am no great shot, but all of the plates fell for me using 115's.

    glock m and 5 was another story, but i dont blame the ammo!

    at a "lost brass" match, i elect to lose aluminum.
     
  15. Glockman67

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    Yeah, yeah. You can stop rubbing it in with your Academy Sports stores.

    ;)

    gman67