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Ammunition for practice shooting

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by jayem, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. jayem

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    I recently inherited a Smith & Wesson M & P .40 cal semi-auto from my wife's deceased brother-in-law. My only firearms experience was some target shooting many years ago with a .22 rifle. I've never fired a handgun. I have registered for a beginner handgun training course that includes some practice shooting. The only ammunition that came with the gun was 20 hollow point rounds that I understand are too expensive and not very suitable for beginner training. I was told that very cheap ammunition can misfire, foul the barrel, or cause other problems. So I have 2 questions:
    1) Is there any brand that is of good quality, reliable, and not too expensive?
    2) What would be the most I should spend at a retail gun shop for a box of .40 cal rounds suitable for practice shooting?

    Thanks. Any advice is much appreciated.
     
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  2. Sketcher

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    Look in the sporting goods department of your local chain retailer. You may find they have ammunition, even if they do not sell firearms. Compare prices.
     
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2019
  3. eleos1954

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    Box of 50 should run about $12-$15 per box. Since it's a S&W can't go wrong buying S&W ammo ... if you haven't you should clean the gun first.
     
  4. Aldebaran

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    Pretty much anything that is called FMJ (full metal jacket) would be best for practice and be lowest in price. If you stick with brands like Winchester, Federal, or other well-known brands that use brass casings, you'll be perfectly fine.
     
  5. A Realist

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    Federal American Eagle.

    If you start shooting a lot you should consider learning how to handload.
     
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  6. MarkRohfrietsch

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    For what ever reason, we can buy ammo very reasonably here in Canada. Below is an example of what I would consider good practice ammo for .40 S & W:

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    That is $17.50 a box in Canadian Dollars so it should be about $13.38 USD/Box. I got a bunch of empty cases in a deal which is why I bought a .40; never fired a single factory load; always home loads. The blazer brass reloads just fine; and the guys who shoot the factory stuff say it's OK too.
     
  7. jayem

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    Thanks to all for the advice. I bought 3 boxes of Sellier & Bellot FMJ rounds at about $18 each. The rounds are marked S &W, so I guess it’s made for my gun. I forgot to ask about hearing protection. I suppose the range furnishes that. I have some foam earplugs. Is that adequate, or is full earmuff type covering better?
     
  8. A Realist

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    Foam earplugs are just fine as long as you insert them correctly.
     
  9. Aldebaran

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    Ear muffs are nice in that they're easier to use. They just slip on and off. Foam earplugs have to be pressed and twisted and then placed in the ear and allowed to expand (I'm referring to the disposable kind). Putting them in and taking them out frequently is a hassle, and they have to be replaced often. Muffs tend to last forever.
    When in some situations, such as at indoor ranges where really loud guns are being fired, it's wise to use both at the same time. Even at an outdoor range, a guy next to me had a .300 Winchester Magnum. I was wearing muffs when he fired it the first time and my ears were ringing afterwards. I put in foam plugs before putting on the muffs for his next shots. I was ok after that. 95% of the time though, the muffs or plugs alone are enough at outdoor ranges.

    Just FYI, the "S&W" part of .40 S&W doesn't designate which brand of gun it can be used in. It's only called that because it was a caliber developed by the company Smith and Wesson, but it can be fired in any .40 caliber firearm regardless of brand. Here's a full write-up on its history: .40 S&W - Wikipedia
    Another example is the .45 auto, sometimes called .45ACP, which means Automatic Colt Pistol. However, many companies other than Colt make guns chambered for that round. Glock is one example: Four Glock .45 ACP Models to Make You Forget the 1911 - Pew Pew Tactical

    For some more examples, here's a big list of rifle calibers. You'll notice that many of them were named for various gun companies that developed them: Full List of Rifle Calibers - Select the Right Caliber for You

    Some seem to even be named for a person, or even a country where the caliber originated.
     
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  10. MarkRohfrietsch

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    I use S and B primers, they are about $32.00 Canadian/1000; CCI, Winchester and federal are $40.00 + and don't work any better.
     
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