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|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Lead Round Nose (LRN)|
|Ammo Caliber||.38 Special|
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.
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PMC is consistently great quality ammo!
I am a cowboy action shooter who utilizes .38 special LRN ammo regularly of many brands. I find PMC to be excellent! This particular batch does put out a cloud of smoke, but this is not an issue for me, and it actually adds an old west flavor to the performance! What does matter is accuracy, and this ammo was superb! I had no issues with fliers at all (unlike the lucky gunner video for this ammo)! Perhaps your experience was a bad ammo batch, but all of mine consistently hits my targets without issue!
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