How big a deal is "dirty?"
Up to this point I've had a buy-it-as-you-use-it approach to getting ammo. I keep a loaded gun and full extra magazine. Other than that, I get a box of practice ammo at the range and shoot it up before I leave. I would like to keep more of an inventory at home so that 1) we have more on hand and 2) I'm not paying full price on something I could have gotten on sale months before.
SO... I'm entering the world of bulk ammo buying.
My question is, how educated do I REALLY need to be when it comes to quality between manufacturers? It seems to me that, as long as I stay away from shady reloads, the only thing I have to worry about is whether it's steel or brass casing and how dirty it is. I clean my gun each time I shoot it - I just find it very cathartic. Is something that's mildly corrosive going to give me issues if I clean my gun within hours of shooting it? I can only afford range trips once or twice a month, as it stands.