PMC ammunition is manufactured in South Korea by the Poongsan Corporation (ISO certified) which produces cartridges ranging from small arms ammunition to large howitzer rounds for the S. Korean military. The Poongsan Corporation dates back to 1968 and since its founding it has grown to become on one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of ammunition. The Poongsan Corporation's primary mission is to make South Korea fully self-reliant for their ammunition needs. Taking advantage of their high standards required through the military's reliance on their ammunition, their excess capacity is highly sought after throughout the world's commercial markets. In the United States, their reliable range ammo has become a standard for excellence and consistency.
In addition loading cartridges, PMC also manufactures all of their own components from raw materials. This complete control over the supply chain allows for PMC to control the quality of each component providing for greater consistency than ammunition loaders that source their materials from a variety of suppliers.
This precision manufactured ammunition is brass-cased, boxer-primed, non-corrosive, and reloadable.
Video Transcript:PMC stands for Precision Made Cartridges, a branch of the South Korean Poongsan Munitions. They've been around since the 1960s, and they currently produce almost all of the ammunition used by the South Korean military. Everything from small arms all the way up to eight inch Howitzer shells. Under the PMC banner they make a wide variety of pistol, rifle and shotgun ammo for civilians all over the world.
The 38 Special load we used for this review is part of the PMC Bronze line, which is their value priced target and range ammo. Despite the name, there's no actual bronze metal used in the ammo. The bullet is a 158 Grain Lead Round Nose, which is a plain lead bullet with no jacket. The case is brass with a non corrosive primer.
We went through a couple of boxes of this ammo at the range to see how it would perform in six different guns. We used five revolvers and one lever action carbine. Immediately we noticed that recoil was very mild, even in our snub-nosed Ruger.
It also produces a lot of smoke compared to most other loads. This doesn't really affect the performance of the ammo, but it might hinder the shooter's performance if you have trouble seeing through the cloud to take your next shot.
Other than that, the ammo performed as expected with no extraction or ignition failures. Feeding in our Marlin lever action was also very smooth.
We set up the carbine on a bench rest at 25 yards to test accuracy. Our first shot landed way outside the target to the right. The second shot was a little closer to the bullseye, and the remaining eight shots were right in the center. The barrel on the Marlin was already warm so the only explanation I have for the fliers is the ammo itself.
We shot a second ten round group just to be sure and got a couple of fliers on that one as well. It looks like the PMC Lead Round Nose is pretty consistent most of the time, but fliers are relatively common.
PMC ammo is one of the best values on the market today, with brass-cased loads and several options in all the common calibers. This 38 Lead Round Nose might not boast top notch accuracy, but its low recoil still makes it an attractive choice.
|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Lead Round Nose (LRN)|
|Ammo Caliber||.38 Special|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||No|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||No|
|Cost Per Round||48.0¢ per round|
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