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So I made my first firearm purchase (26.4) the other week from a reputable dealer for a good price, but their ammo selection was lacking/expensive. Just to have something until I could find better ammo deals, I grabbed a 50 box of ultramax 125gr FMJ and was too excited about the gun to pay attention to the tiny "remanufactured" printed on the box. I didn't realize until I got home how ****ty the ammo actually is. They're about 60% speer +p(the one that cracked) and 40% random brass casings.

I found decent reviews on the ammo so I figured it'd still be ok just to get acquainted to the gun, but as I was getting ready to go shoot it for the first time later today I noticed one of the casings has a crack. https://photos.app.goo.gl/d3ej8VtkUGKi9FLI3

There is a possibility that round was chambered once, but not more than once as I made sure to switch out what was on top. Now I'm worried this crap is gonna ruin my first day at the range...should I cut my losses and throw the ammo out or go for it?
 

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Major bummer, and I can appreciate your concern. I would not shoot the crap, myself. Is there a Walmart anywhere near you? Get some commercially loaded major brand stuff.
Yeah I got some good Federal carry ammo the other day from Walmart, but only a 20count so that's no good. The worst part is I actually bought a Ruger LCPII that same day and got the same ultramax **** in .380 for it. Oh well, tossing $30 worth of ammo is better than a blown off hand I suppose.
 

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Yeah I got some good Federal carry ammo the other day from Walmart, but only a 20count so that's no good. The worst part is I actually bought a Ruger LCPII that same day and got the same ultramax **** in .380 for it. Oh well, tossing $30 worth of ammo is better than a blown off hand I suppose.
You paid $30 for a box of reloaded 9mm!?

You got taken.

Toss it, as it appears to have poor quality control, and move on; it simply isn't worth dealing with the potential issues .

If you are going to do a lot of shooting (or even a bit of shooting over time ), go and shop around a bit, and you will be able to get case quantities (that's 1,000 round cases for handgun, usually 20 50 round boxes) for less than $200 for factory new fmj 9mm, shipped.......

Here are 4 decent brands in bulk quantity for that price range right here: https://www.targetsportsusa.com/fiocchi-shooting-dynamics-9mm-luger-ammo-115gr-fmj-9ap-p-53786.aspx
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/fiocchi-shooting-dynamics-9mm-luger-ammo-115gr-fmj-9ap-p-53786.aspx
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/cci...k-pack-1000-rds-loose-5000bk1000-p-81595.aspx
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/agu...-grain-full-metal-jacket-1e097704-p-3657.aspx
 

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Along with Ranger's great advice above, SGAmmo.com and Bone Frog Gun Club are great resources for premium ammo in 50 round boxes.

If you know someone who reloads, give that bad stuff to them. They can take it apart and use the components. If you don't know anyone who reloads, just take it to a local range and give it to the range master.
 

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You lived this long without firing anything, so getting ammo is not an emergency. For emergency, you can't beat walmart, you can get steel case cheap ammo, either Tula, or winchester brand to start off cheap, that will be better than what you have on hand.

Many will poopoo steel case, but it will work fine in your guns...but they are dirty in hand and dirty to shoot.

Online (non-reman) 9mm ammo will run about $9 per 50 +/- shipping...if you get it for under $9, you are doing good. Have fun, be safe.
 

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Well, for what it is worth, you probably should shoot it with the ammo you intend to carry. Have you ever fired a handgun before? Is this your first one? First Glock? The 26 is a bit of a handful for a new shooter just because it is a small handgun, so you'll want to know how it feels to shoot a more powerful round through it. So, shooting through your more expensive carry ammo is investment, really.

And, if there is not an issue for you with ordering online, you can get some great deals and prices on quality practice ammo via sites like: ammoseek and Gunbot, etc.
I've shot quite a few guns, mostly my dads .357mag snub and other revolvers; but this was my first time actually buying a gun and getting into shooting/carrying a semi auto. Not really worried about recoil with 9mm, I actually considered going with a G27.

I looked online and it seemed like you get screwed by shipping unless you buy bigger amounts but I guess that's the way to go.
 

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I've shot quite a few guns, mostly my dads .357mag snub and other revolvers; but this was my first time actually buying a gun and getting into shooting/carrying a semi auto. Not really worried about recoil with 9mm, I actually considered going with a G27.

I looked online and it seemed like you get screwed by shipping unless you buy bigger amounts but I guess that's the way to go.
Those links in my post ? Free shipping, all of them....
 

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You paid $30 for a box of reloaded 9mm!?

You got taken.

Toss it, as it appears to have poor quality control, and move on; it simply isn't worth dealing with the potential issues .

If you are going to do a lot of shooting (or even a bit of shooting over time ), go and shop around a bit, and you will be able to get case quantities (that's 1,000 round cases for handgun, usually 20 50 round boxes) for less than $200 for factory new fmj 9mm, shipped.......

Here are 4 decent brands in bulk quantity for that price range right here: https://www.targetsportsusa.com/fiocchi-shooting-dynamics-9mm-luger-ammo-115gr-fmj-9ap-p-53786.aspx
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/fiocchi-shooting-dynamics-9mm-luger-ammo-115gr-fmj-9ap-p-53786.aspx
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/cci...k-pack-1000-rds-loose-5000bk1000-p-81595.aspx
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/agu...-grain-full-metal-jacket-1e097704-p-3657.aspx
HA fortunately it's not that bad, it was $16 for (50)125gr FMJ and $14 for (50)round nose .380, so $30 total. Thanks for the advice though, I only plan on going to a range every couple months but I guess I'll save up and buy bulk online.
 

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HA fortunately it's not that bad, it was $16 for (50)125gr FMJ and $14 for (50)round nose .380, so $30 total. Thanks for the advice though, I only plan on going to a range every couple months but I guess I'll save up and buy bulk online.
Bulk is the way to go; you put in an ammo box or two, take what you need to the range, and you are good to go for quite a while if you are an occasional shooter, and as a bonus your shooting is unaffected by the occasional post mass-shooting panic drought, since you already have a supply....
 
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