How a beginner should buy ammo?

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    How a beginner should buy ammo?

    I just got a Glock 23 two weeks ago. I have limited experience shooting guns but even more limited when it comes to shooting handguns. I've been practicing at a range - I've shot a little over 100 rounds so far. I've been buying PMC Bronze 40 S&W 165Grs FMJ-FP. I've bought 3 boxes so far and have made sure to buy the same thing every time only because I wanted to avoid any variance that I may get with different ammo since I'm still learning how to shoot with this particular gun. The first box I bought was $25 for 50 at the place where I bought my gun. The next two boxes were $20 ea. per 50 at the gun range. While I was at Wal-Mart the other day, however, I saw a box of Federal Champion 180 Grs FMJ for $14.47.

    I want to acquire proficiency but as I'm sure you know, buying ammo is getting to be expensive. My question is; since I'm used to shooting 165 grain is it going to throw me off and hinder my learning curve if I switch to 180 grain? Is it something that is going to be easily compensated for or is it really going to throw me off? Eventually I may start to reload my own but for now I'm going to buy commercial ammo. Should I stick with the ammo I have been buying until I get a better idea as to what I'm doing or should I buy the cheapest thing I can get my hands on as long as it feeds my gun correctly?

    On a side note - With the PMC brand ammo that is FMJ-FP I've been buying, I've reasoned that FMJ = Full Metal Jacket but what is the -FP?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    FP = Flat Point, referring to the shape of the nose. I just buy whatever is on sale, usually in large quantities.

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    I never noticed much of a difference between the 165gr and the 180gr. I buy the Federal ammunition at WalMart, it's good and never had any problems with it, besides you cant beat their prices. The PMC Bronze FMJ-FP is Full Metal Jacket Flat Point, they also make a regular FMJ that is more rounded and a FMJ-TC truncated cone. The PMC web site shows a picture of them and also has a short description of it. Welcome to the Forum and enjoy the Glock they are excellent weapons.

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    I have purchased Federal, Olympic, Winchester and Blazer at Walmart and my G17 and G27 have never had issues with any of them. The only thing I will not use is reloads. Had a bad experience with them a long time ago.

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    Usually, and around here, you'll find the TMJ (truncated metal jacket) ammo for the 40S&W. IMO....buy what you can when you can for range practice. Maybe there one day and gone the next. I know the financial toll it can take, but it's something you'll need. Don't go hungry over ammo, just get ammo whenever you can. Glock on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefConGun View Post
    ... Should I stick with the ammo I have been buying until I get a better idea as to what I'm doing or should I buy the cheapest thing I can get my hands on as long as it feeds my gun correctly?
    The latter - buy the cheapest that you can get your hands on and shoot your gun a lot. BTW, I don't think that you'll find anything that will not feed correctly in that gun (aside from bad reloads).

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    I have a .40 cal and Federal shoots real well in it. Enjoy!
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    One other thing: Buy enough of your "carry or home defense ammo" that you can shoot at least several mags of it to check any semi-automatic.

    Most people are going to want to carry a round designed for defensive shooting (e.g., some hollow point etc) -- defensive rounds tend to be quite a bit more expensive, and sometimes tend to have more feed problems.

    You probably won't have feed problems with a Glock nor with any quality firearm, but you don't want to find that out when things go really bad.

    Then mainly shoot the cheapest ammo that works in your gun -- that way you can shoot a lot.

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    Your point of aim (POA) and point of impact (POI) should not change and you should not notice any discernable difference. Buy what you can, shoot as often as you like.
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    Good questions. You're right, different ammo may shoot differently. But in bulk. Hit the next gun show in your area and look for the Georgia Arms booth. Buy a 1,000 round box. If there's no show, order from them online.

    When you get to the point of choosing your SD ammo, spend the money and try different types. Although everyone has their favorite, most of the top names in JHP will serve you well. Hornady, Speer, Corbon, Win., and others are all top names. The first thing you want is for your gun to cycle the ammo 100% reliably. Second is to learn where you aim vs where it hits at gunfighting distances. I'd run AT LEAST 200 rounds of what I want to carry through my piece before I actually carry it.

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    dont worry too much about switching ammo types. they will shoot a bit differently but i wouldnt worry about that.
    buy whatever you can in bulk that is cheapest but not crappy (at least get brass, not aluminum casings).
    take a look at your local gun show (though i rarely find the cheapest there).
    take a look at walmart or local outdoor stores for bulk deals.
    look around and just see what you can find that is cheapest that will works.
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    When I got my glock 19 in March, my frist handgun, I got any box of any 9mm ammo I could find. My reasoning being I could learn more of what I liked, i.e. do I like heavier grian loads, +P, types of FMJ for range?

    It's not about finding what works, but what works best for you.

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    For range shooting, I just buy in bulk whatever is available at ammoman ... for SD, read a little about the JHPs available from top makers ... I carry Hornady Critical Defense in all my carry guns; you might prefer something else ... whatever you use, make sure you shoot a bunch of it through your gun to ensure it feeds properly and is accurate enough for your purposes.
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