Steps How to Buy the Right Ammunition:
Check the Barrel: Check for the caliber or marked on the frame or barrel of your pistol or rife. The caliber of ammo on the box you use should match the markings on your firearm. The caliber alone is not the soul requisite for choosing the correct ammunition. Here is short list of a few common calibers.
- .22LR- Small round for long riffles or pistols. These are great for learning because they have little kick and recoil. They are also inexpensive.
- 9mm- The 9mm is great for the range or self-defense. The 9mm ammo was designed to add more penetrating power in a bullet that can penetrate through the field gear of the soldier very easily. The 9 mm caliber was initially used in pistols but was soon adopted to use in machine pistols. German army widely used 9mm Caliber in their sub-machine guns in World War 1. The 9mm cartridge that was designed by George Luger.
- 38 Special- This bullet is bigger and has more power behind it than a 9mm. When going with this size you start to get more recoil than other calibers. This is especially true if you are using this in a smaller gun. The 38 special is mainly seen in revolvers. Also, the same size is the .357 magnum, but it is longer, so be sure to use it in a gun designed for it.
- .223 and .308 – These are starting to get into rifle rounds. These are seen in assault rifles and are great fun at the range. They also can be used for defense, but the guns firing these are bigger which makes sense since the bullet is larger.
- 12 Gauge – This is a shotgun round and is the most common type. There is also 20 gauge which is smaller and 10 gauge which is bigger. Shotgun rounds are used primarily for hunting.
What is the purpose of you owning a firearm:
- Self-Defense. If you are loading your firearm with the intention of having it available for self-defense purposes, first it must be reliable and function in your firearm properly. Then you want ammunition that has “stopping power.” This refers to ammunition that may more reliably stop an attacker in his tracks and force him or her to cease hostilities. The best ammunition in this case may use hollow-point type bullets, which are designed to expand and stop once it has struck its target.
- Hunting. If you are a hunter going after wild game, accuracy, power and bullet performance is everything. Handgun ammunition designed for hunting is usually loaded to very high pressure levels to extract the utmost in velocity. They are also usually much larger calibers chambered in pistols designed expressly for the task. These factors allow for better performance of the projectile on target. Not all calibers suitable for personal defense are good or even permitted for hunting. Check the hunting regulations in your state for more details.
- Shooting Range. If your primary goal when loading your firearm is to get some practice at the shooting range, there are various types of target/range ammunition available. This is usually the most economical ammunition, loaded with less expensive, full metal jacket (FMJ) or solid lead bullets, specifically intended for training and practice.
The two factors to consider when picking out ammunition is caliber of the bullet and also your use for the firearm. If you are hunting, then you need to get a larger caliber gun. If you are using it for self-defense, then you want reliable rounds that will cause enough damage to end the situation quickly. If you are just target practicing, then you can go with cheaper FMJ rounds in the caliber for your gun. Even though there are a lot of different types of bullets there is really only a few uses for them, so you should be able to figure out the right firearm for you now and the right rounds for it.
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