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Old 08-18-2018, 05:05 AM   #1
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Ammo and Accuracy

I am a fairly new shooter. Still working on improvement at the gun range. Hubby and I both do ok tho. But we are going to the LGS today to get some more ammo for a range session on Monday. So not enough time to order online.
Do you believe certain ammo is more accurate than others? Or is that a myth? Hubby has 2 Kimbers, a Micro .380 and a Custom II 9mm. I have an M&P Shield 9mm. It’s the 9mm we need to shop for today and we have been using Walmart’s WWB. Please advise on my question regarding accuracy and ammo recommendations for our 2 9mm pistols. Thank you!
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Old 08-18-2018, 05:39 AM   #2
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IMHO, it depends on distance. If you are shooting past 50 yards, maybe. But for punching holes in paper at short distances under 25 yards, not so much. Your best bet is use your whitebox cheap ammo and put it up against some Federal or similar good stuff.
See if there is any improvement.



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It's funny … the more you practice the better your ammo gets....
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It's funny … the more you practice the better your ammo gets....
Oh, I already thought that, especially when we are new to shooting. But, since we want to try something other than Walmart WWB ammo, I thought I would check with you more knowledgeable folks. Because occasionally I read in magazines that the writer/gun reviewer found such and such ammo more accurate. For our next range visit, we have bought some Fiocchi in 9mm, to try. Our first goal will be to make sure it functions in our guns (WWB did that fine).
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Fiocchi is fine. You should be good to go.
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Originally Posted by Kimberleigh View Post
Do you believe certain ammo is more accurate than others? Or is that a myth? Hubby has 2 Kimbers, a Micro .380 and a Custom II 9mm. I have an M&P Shield 9mm.
With handguns at a skill level that is not "elite," then the difference in the accuracy of the ammunition will be negligible.

Assuming neither your guns nor the selected ammunition have anything wrong with them, then you'll be able to poke holes in the center of the target when you keep the gun pointed at the center of the target.
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With handguns at a skill level that is not "elite," then the difference in the accuracy of the ammunition will be negligible.

Assuming neither your guns nor the selected ammunition have anything wrong with them, then you'll be able to poke holes in the center of the target when you keep the gun pointed at the center of the target.
“Poke holes in the center of target”, that’s always my goal and I have dreams about!
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To that end, a lot of dry-fire practice can be your friend. As you're sitting there reading Kimbertalk--gun unloaded and magazine out, of course--pick up the gun, rack the slide, bring the sights onto target, click, make sure your sights are still on target. Rack the slide, pick another target, do it again.

Stay in a casual mood, targets can vary from door knobs, clock faces, that thing hanging on the wall, lights, it doesn't matter. It's all about staying cool in your head, and then keeping the sights on target throughout the trigger pull.

As exciting as this sounds, it's boring like a Bernie Sanders speech. But do it a dozen or two times a day--it will only take a couple minutes--and that dream ammo of yours will become reality.
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“Poke holes in the center of target”, that’s always my goal and I have dreams about!
Keep in mind that none of the guns you've mentioned are exactly what one would call "target pistols". Not every gun is going to shoot tight "one hole" groups regardless of ammo or skill of the shooter. There's what they call "combat accuracy" and that means being able to shoot groups that will hit an area to stop an attacker while shooting under pressure.

To find out what ammo is really the most accurate from your gun you will want to shoot from a sandbag rest, holding a consistent aiming point over several rounds. Some guns will shoot some ammo better than others. Some bullet weights will shoot to point-of-aim while others will shoot lower or higher.

Try several brands and bullet weights until find the "one" that performs the best for you and your gun. practice, practice, practice...repeat.
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A big concern with ammo used at a gun range is be sure it does not contain any steel. Some foreign manufacturers create their bullets with steel inside. If your gun range uses bullet traps, steel will damage them. The range where I volunteer checks all ammo with a powerful magnet. If the magnet is attracted, the ammo has to be removed.

Otherwise, if your gun eats all you can feed it, have fun.
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