Which ammo companies have you had exceptional accuracy with?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Len Backus, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    May 2, 2001
    Most but not all of my rifle customers reload for best accuracy. Those that buy ammo sometimes ask me for a recommended source.

    Which pre-loaded ammo companies have you had exceptional accuracy with? I'm talking about 1/2 moa accuracy in the cases where you expect that in the rifle in question.
  2. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Hornady Custom has shot 1/2-3/4 MOA in 3 of my guns (22-250, 270 and a 223) before I started reloading.

  3. wyomingblizzard

    wyomingblizzard Well-Known Member

    Nov 8, 2011
    The best I ever had with factory ammo was winchester supreme in 300 wm. 180grn. failsafe moly coated. Would shoot 1/2 moa constantly out of a a bolt. Never shot long range with them, only out to around 400 yards. I never found any thing else that rifle liked, until I started loading for it.
  4. shortpants

    shortpants Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    fed premium with ballistic tips did very well out of my 270. I'm also having pretty good results out of HSM 185vld's and 178 Amax's in my 300wsm.
  5. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Federal Premium in my 45-70 and 300 Win Mag (before I sold it). CCI Velocitors in my Steven's Favorite.
  6. dig

    dig Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    HSM has been he most consistent across the board for me. I reload but start a new project with a few factory boxes to get closer to what I want and break in.
  7. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    Exactly what I do and HSM preloaded ammunition is the best IMO. HSM offers custom set COAL (in various lengths in some calibers for your choice), various projectiles including Sierra and Barnes plus your choice in Brass in some cases.

    They are my 'go to' for .338 Lapua with SMK's in Lapua brass.

    Nice folks to deal with as well.

    As an aside, Cabelas offers some calibers of HSM ammunition.
  8. RTK

    RTK Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2012
    I have one gun that detests any premium ammo, on the other hand any old cheapo ammo it really loves, kinda funny.
  9. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2012
    Usually if I want factory ammo for a rifle it's federal ammo. Sub moa in every rifle I've worked with. Rem is a good if they use others bullets, I've seen groups from a 7mag with core-locts that looked like a shotgun put them there. My 300 Ultra(rem 700 bdl lh) shoots sub moa with rem swift scirocco 180's in the full throttle load.
    I use hornady 300 gr fp's in my open sighted '95 in 405, and it's around 2" groups on a 10" bull at 100. Not bad at all for the resolution.
    We had good results with pmc at one time in 300 win, but it looks as though they aren't putting rifle ammo out in many calibers anymore. 1/2" 100 yard groups in 300 win were big for this stuff in 150 grain. Natchez shooter supply has some pmc.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2012
  10. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    While on the positive side of this subject, I feel I should mention a negative experience I had with a factory made ammo supplier.....

    PPU. I bought 100 rounds of .338 Lapua in PPU from Cabelas for breaking in my .338 Savage and the ammo is junk. It exhibits hard, non igniting primers.

    While it's cheaper than even Hornady .338, it's unreliable.

    The end of the story on crap ammo is good however. After some intense letter writing to Cabelas and the ammo supplier, I was refunded all the money I paid for the junk.

    Went and bought some real (HSM) in 338 for break in rounds....
  11. mightyman

    mightyman Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2012
    I have a few calipers 270, 6mm, 7mm, 7.08, 243

    Consistently, after shooting many rounds through each with various manufacturers bullets, the best overall at least in my rifles is Federal Premium in Nosler Partitions, and AccuBond.

    270, 130 grain partitions
    6mm, 100 grain partitions
    7.08 140 grain accubonds
    7mm 140 grain Accu Bond
    243 100 Grain nosler partitions

    The ballistic tips shoot well also but wanted 1 bullet for deer and elk and not have to re sight for out west if the opportunity to elk hunt presented itself again.
  12. car2go4

    car2go4 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2010
    check out CopperCreek and SouthWest Ammo.

    both are excellent for accruacy and consistency lot to lot- at a fair price.