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What is the best factory loaded rifle ammo?

Question by lovetohunt. Uploaded on October 27, 2009

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Sure not Hornady or PMC. Myself and three hunting buddies have had trouble this year shooting tight groups with Hornady Interbond and Interlock SP in 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, and 7mm Weatherby. All those rifles shot handloads or Remington ammo just fine. i have had misfires with PMC over the years. About 5 too many....

Never had a misfire or failure to feed with Remington or Federal Premium. Some bullets shot better than others, but that's always the way.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Federal Premium is hard to beat, though the price has reflected that the last few years. I like Hornady products, but i don't shoot enough to have any real useful opinions here.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

It depends on the gun for some reason certain guns shoot certain ammunition better than others. I have had success with Hornady, Fedral, Winchester, and Remington.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

As for modern ammunition has greatly improved in the last twenty years.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I tend to prefer the cheapest kind I can find that suits the purpose that I need it for.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

One cannot say what is the best for your gun. Take WA Mtnhunter doesn't like Hornady, but I've won a many High Power Matches with that brand while Sierra loads don't come close starting at the 300 to 600 and especially on the 1000 yard line.

What shoots best in my rifle may not work as well in yours as the other way around is true also!

Type and grade of barrel, Barrel twist, barrel whip and muzzle crowning to name a few all have a major impact on the performance of your load. Crowning alone makes a difference on the accuracy of spitzer and boat tail bullets.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I love Mexican Match, especially for hunting!

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from IanS wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

In my rifle Federal Fusion and Remington Core Lokt work well. Win Super X are all ove rthe target. It is a matter of what your rifle likes though.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

As far as store bought, Federal Premium is usually my choice. It shows consistency, at least in a couple of my guns. Since I reload, I try to load enough to have extra for a good stretch of time. Reloading for me is a point of pride, and it is a nice bonus when you know you have cooked up a good load that works.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I would like to clarify my statement about Hornady ammo. I had success with it in the past, but three of my buds have had the same issues lately. I still handload Hornady bullets and will probably continue. I won't be buying anymore factory ammo from them or Interbond bullets. I am waiting to see what Hornady does with the ammo I returned for testing. I really don't want replacement ammo of the same kind unless something has been identified as the cause and corrected. I guess that I can always use the brass!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I like Ballistic Silvertips or I believe I shou;d say my MOD 700 does!

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Whatever you get the tightest groups from (every firearm is unique), combined with what you're willing to pay. The artwork on the box is about all that's left after that.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

i have bought the top notch hornady match grade 168 gr. amax ammo for my precision .308 and then shot the plane jane winchester 150 gr. hunting loads and the federal blue box and they shot just the same, if not better.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Hornady, Remington and Winchester.

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from Hilly wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

as stated above it comes down to your rifle but ive never had a gun shoot poorly with Norma.
you pay for it though, 60 bucks nz.

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from richhayes wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

What is the best factory ammo? The answer is simple: Whatever your rifle shoots the best. My .270 likes Remington Core-Lokt Ultra, my 7 mag likes Remington Primium in Swift A-frame, etc. You have to shoot several to find out what your rifle prefers, then stock up on it or start reloading and work up a load for your rifle.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Sure not Hornady or PMC. Myself and three hunting buddies have had trouble this year shooting tight groups with Hornady Interbond and Interlock SP in 7mm Rem Mag, .300 Win Mag, and 7mm Weatherby. All those rifles shot handloads or Remington ammo just fine. i have had misfires with PMC over the years. About 5 too many....

Never had a misfire or failure to feed with Remington or Federal Premium. Some bullets shot better than others, but that's always the way.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Federal Premium is hard to beat, though the price has reflected that the last few years. I like Hornady products, but i don't shoot enough to have any real useful opinions here.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

It depends on the gun for some reason certain guns shoot certain ammunition better than others. I have had success with Hornady, Fedral, Winchester, and Remington.

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

As for modern ammunition has greatly improved in the last twenty years.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I tend to prefer the cheapest kind I can find that suits the purpose that I need it for.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

One cannot say what is the best for your gun. Take WA Mtnhunter doesn't like Hornady, but I've won a many High Power Matches with that brand while Sierra loads don't come close starting at the 300 to 600 and especially on the 1000 yard line.

What shoots best in my rifle may not work as well in yours as the other way around is true also!

Type and grade of barrel, Barrel twist, barrel whip and muzzle crowning to name a few all have a major impact on the performance of your load. Crowning alone makes a difference on the accuracy of spitzer and boat tail bullets.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I love Mexican Match, especially for hunting!

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from IanS wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

In my rifle Federal Fusion and Remington Core Lokt work well. Win Super X are all ove rthe target. It is a matter of what your rifle likes though.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

As far as store bought, Federal Premium is usually my choice. It shows consistency, at least in a couple of my guns. Since I reload, I try to load enough to have extra for a good stretch of time. Reloading for me is a point of pride, and it is a nice bonus when you know you have cooked up a good load that works.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I would like to clarify my statement about Hornady ammo. I had success with it in the past, but three of my buds have had the same issues lately. I still handload Hornady bullets and will probably continue. I won't be buying anymore factory ammo from them or Interbond bullets. I am waiting to see what Hornady does with the ammo I returned for testing. I really don't want replacement ammo of the same kind unless something has been identified as the cause and corrected. I guess that I can always use the brass!

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

I like Ballistic Silvertips or I believe I shou;d say my MOD 700 does!

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from LesserSon wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Whatever you get the tightest groups from (every firearm is unique), combined with what you're willing to pay. The artwork on the box is about all that's left after that.

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from mihunter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

i have bought the top notch hornady match grade 168 gr. amax ammo for my precision .308 and then shot the plane jane winchester 150 gr. hunting loads and the federal blue box and they shot just the same, if not better.

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from Christian Emter wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Hornady, Remington and Winchester.

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from Hilly wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

as stated above it comes down to your rifle but ive never had a gun shoot poorly with Norma.
you pay for it though, 60 bucks nz.

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from richhayes wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

What is the best factory ammo? The answer is simple: Whatever your rifle shoots the best. My .270 likes Remington Core-Lokt Ultra, my 7 mag likes Remington Primium in Swift A-frame, etc. You have to shoot several to find out what your rifle prefers, then stock up on it or start reloading and work up a load for your rifle.

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