What brand is best for clean shooting target ammo?

What brand is best for clean shooting target ammo?

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    What brand is best for clean shooting target ammo?

    I've been using Winchester white box for a while now because Walmart sells it cheaper than everybody else.

    Are there any other series of target ammo that are significantly cleaner to shoot? and worth practicing with.


    any tips are appreciated!
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    I use WWB exclusively for when I want to punch holes in paper. As long as you give your firearm a good cleaning when your done it should work well for you.

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    I usually use Blazer Brass now when I can get it. I think it's a little cleaner than WWB. I prefer BB, WWB, and UMC in that order. They're all about the same though.

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    any tips are appreciated!


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    They're all going to get your gun dirty! Buy what's on sale, or go online and look at the bulk deals. I use S&B. It not only blackens my muzzle, it leaves my breechface red. But for the price, I can spend ten minutes cleaning.
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    I was once told not to shoot ammo in my gun that I wasn't going to be carrying due to the difference in load, placement, etc. Sort of like "know your gun, know your ammo".
    I've always just shot what I load, which right now is $20.00/box Federal Personal Defense loads.

    If you pros think that's retarded I may try cheaper loads for practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superman View Post
    I was once told not to shoot ammo in my gun that I wasn't going to be carrying due to the difference in load, placement, etc. Sort of like "know your gun, know your ammo".
    I've always just shot what I load, which right now is $20.00/box Federal Personal Defense loads.

    If you pros think that's retarded I may try cheaper loads for practice.
    I don't think it's retarded, it's just not very cost efficient for the average Joe. For instance, a lot of people carry $30/box law enforcement JHP ammo, which may take weeks to order online in these rather trying times. So, sending 100 of those hard-to-find bullets down the range at some unexpecting paper target seems somewhat wasteful.

    I think practicing with similar bullets is ok. For instance, if I'm going to carry 230gr JHP, I'll practice with much cheaper 230gr FMJ (Winchester white box from Walmart for me). The kick is about the same, but the damage to the wallet is much less. Not to mention that my local Walmart stocks these readily.

    So, I think that as long as you try to keep it reasonably similar, you'll be ok and save some money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superman View Post
    If you pros think that's retarded I may try cheaper loads for practice.
    I am no expert, but shooting cheap ammo in practice is great. Bullet impact and ballistics are quite similar out to 25 yards...

    22lr conversions are quite popular too and are a great training tool! Save money and practice more!

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    I shoot either Blazer Brass or Federal TMJ ammo. I find Blazer Brass leaves a fair amount of residue on my guns, but it's supposed to have an enclosed base and thus less lead exposure. The price is good too. The Fed TMJ barely even gets my guns dirty, but it costs more.

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    I have used Blazer, Fiocchi, and WWB. I like the WWB, usually get them at Walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superman View Post
    I was once told not to shoot ammo in my gun that I wasn't going to be carrying due to the difference in load, placement, etc. Sort of like "know your gun, know your ammo".
    I've always just shot what I load, which right now is $20.00/box Federal Personal Defense loads.

    If you pros think that's retarded I may try cheaper loads for practice.
    I'm not an expert. I'm also not rich

    Sure, if I were a billionaire I might do that. But since I'm not and I still want to practice as much as possible, I practice mostly with cheapo WWB from Walmart (and 22 also). From my personal experience I can say with certainty that practice with WWB does translate to skill with premium ammo too.

    My practice ammo: WWB 9mm 115gr FMJ ($0.16 per round)
    My carry ammo: Speer Gold Dot 9mm +p 124gr 'short barrel' ($1+ per round)

    The carry stuff kicks a little bit more but it's not a huge difference. I do shoot off a handful of them every once in awhile but not a ton.
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    Winclean sometimes at Wal-Mart.

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    I like Blazer Brass, but I also enjoyed cleaning my firearms too. Winchester, Blazer, or Federal have always been good to me.

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    i mostly use blazer aluminum and wwb at the range.
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    Unless you can find a significantly cleaner and cheaper factory FMJ, WWW tough to beat.
    I use Federal 230gr HST (non-P) JHP's as carry which I very seldom shoot downrange just to stay proficient with that load.

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