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|Bullet Weight||165 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Metal Case (MC)|
|Use Type||Range Training|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1150|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||485|
|Cost Per Round||35.0¢ per round|
Remington's UMC brand of ammo gets its name from the old Union Metallic Cartridge company, which was one of the biggest names in the ammo business back in the 1800s. They merged with Remington several decades ago, and now the UMC name is used for Remington's line of value priced range ammo.
For years, UMC pistol ammo has been one of the most popular brands around. Just recently, Remington added the new UMC Target ammo to the line up. UMC Target is identical to the traditional UMC, except for one detail. The brass cases on the target ammo have a nickel-plating like you'd normally only find in high-end self defense ammo.
The nickel plating can aid in smooth feeding, and also makes the cases a lot more resistant to corrosion. The UMC Target we used for this test was the 165 GR 40 Smith and Wesson load. In addition to the nickel-plated case, it features a lead core bullet with a copper full metal jacket.
Remington refers to this style bullet as a Metal Case, but it's the same as the FMJ that you're used to shooting. To see how it would perform, we tried it out in six different pistols. Reliability wasn't an issue, and none of the guns experienced any malfunctions for the rounds that we fired.
Living up to its role as a range load, the UMC Target has a moderate recoil for 40 caliber. It's not the softest 40 that we've used, but it's also not as sharp as some of the hotter loads. We used a SIG P226 to test accuracy from a benchrest at about 15 yards.
Our 10 shots formed a nice group just an inch or two high and left of the point of aim. This kind of consistency is really nice to see in a training load, and it's not always the norm, but it's what we've come to expect from the UMC line.
For most range applications, the original UMC brand should get the job done. But if you want that extra edge in reliability, or if you plan to store your ammo for a long time, the corrosion resistant nickel plating of the UMC Target provides an excellent value.
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