MBI ammunition realized a need in the marketplace for more cost effective range ammunition for high volume, serious shooters. They have answered the call through this new line of 45 Auto ammunition which features once-fired brass that has a small pistol primer pocket. For years, many of the lead-free 45 ACP cartridges have been loaded with small pistol primers instead of the customary large pistol primer. In recent times, Blazer Brass (owned and operated by ATK) and some other major manufacturers have started loading their standard 45 ACP ammo with small pistol primers to help keep costs down. This ammunition functions great and through the use of the more cost effective primer, it is available at a lower price point.
This product is not just remanufactured ammunition. It is “precision” remanufactured ammunition for the serious shooter. The fact that it costs less than most new ammunition is simply an added benefit.
Video Transcript:Military Ballistics Industries is a US-based company that provides high quality remanufactured training ammo for civilians, law enforcement and military. All of MBI's components are carefully selected from top-notch companies like CCI, Winchester, and Hornady. The ammo is assembled with state of the art electronic loading machines that provide a high level of quality and consistency.
MBI cartridges utilize once-fired brass or nickel plated brass cases that usually come from law enforcement shooting ranges. Headstamps are mixed and come from a variety of manufacturers, but they're all checked for defects before being reloaded. The MBI load we tried out for this review was the 230 grain 45 ACP. Because 45 ACP cases come from different manufacturers with both small and large size primers, MBI offers both options. This MBI load uses the small primers.
If you don't plan to reload the cases, you won't notice any difference. The bullet is lead with a copper plating. Plating is very similar to copper full metal jacket, except that plating is a little thinner and it's not the best choice for ported barrels. For any other guns, it works just like the more common jacketed ammo.
We used six different handguns for this review to check out how the MBI load would perform. We didn't run into any feeding problems or ignition failures and each handgun went through the ammo just like it was a brand new factory load. Recoil was right on par with most of the other 45 practice handload that we've used, which makes MBI a good choice for its intended purpose as a low cost training round.
Accuracy was tested from the bench at 15 yards using a Springfield XD(m). Almost all the 10 shots hit dead center at the point of aim, with one flier going a little bit high. This MBI load is some of the most affordable 45 available and for that you get great accuracy and consistent performance. If you still have any doubts about the quality of MBI, we've gotten a lot of positive feedback which you can find posted in the customer review section of any of the MBI handgun calibers.
|Manufacturer||Military Ballistics Industries|
|Bullet Weight||230 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.45 ACP (Auto)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||820|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||343|
|Cost Per Round||50.0¢ per round|
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