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|Bullet Weight||180 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.40 S&W (Smith & Wesson)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||985|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||388|
Precision Made Cartridges, or PMC for short, is a branch of the South Korean Poongson Munitions. They started up in the 1960s and currently produce almost all the ammunition used by the South Korean military, including small arms ammo, as well as heavy artillery.
Under the PMC division, they use the same high standards set for their military ammo to produce quality pistol and rifle ammo sold to civilians all over the globe.
The load we used for this review is part of the PMC Bronze line, which is their value-priced target and range ammo. We tried out their 180 grain 40 Smith and Wesson load. It has a lead core, copper full metal jacket bullet, a reloadable brass case and a non-corrosive primer.
Despite the name, there's no actual bronze metal used in the ammo. It's all the normal lead, brass and copper that you're used to shooting. We went through a couple of boxes of this ammo at the range to see how it would perform in six different handguns. There were no feeding problems or ignition issues, and every round we fired functioned just as expected.
We did notice that recoil was relatively soft for a 40 caliber. The difference is not dramatic, but if a normal 40 Smith and Wesson load has a little too much kick for you, you might want to try out the PMC load.
To check accuracy, we set up a bench rest at 15 yards and shot a 10-round group with a SIG P226. The group was not quite as good as what we were able to achieve with PMC's 165 grain 40 caliber, but still not bad for a practice load.
Low cost brass case ammo is tough to come by these days, and in that category PMC might be one of the best kept secrets in the industry. It performs right on pace with any of the more established manufacturers, and it's an excellent choice for practice and training on the range.
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.40 PMC 180gr fmj
Great fast service. Product clean and functions perfect. I have had a problem or 2 with factory Win. ammo. Had a .40 with a dead primer in the last few weeks in a match too!!
Also have 2 .45 rounds will not chamber. Way over size! Not 1 but 2!! The Korean stuff works great and you can't beat the service!!
I shoot a sig 226 elite. Over the years I've tried numerous brands of range ammo. This PMC ammo groups well, is very consistent, and clean. While it wouldn't be my first choice as a critical defense round, it is a great value for range practice and technique development. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good practice round.
Bought from Lucky Gunner again because they are always up in stock. It's nice as a consumer to see how's much is left when ordering online. Well Lucky Gunner rarely is out of stock on anything. That's why I order from them.
G22 will be munching on this ammo as soon as it gets a little warmer outside. Never had a problem with PMC ammo. Might be a little dirty at the end of a 700 round day but hey they still fire like all the others. Nothing a little elbow grease won't fix.
Thanks again Lucky Gunner.
Great Training Ammo, runs pretty clean.
I bought 1000 rounds for a two-day pistol course. I went through six hundred rounds without a hiccup. Didn't bother cleaning my pistol for about two weeks. Made a quickie range trip for some trigger reset practice and threw another 100 rounds downrange. Cleaned my pistol after that trip. I was amazed that my barrel came clean after about two minutes and two swabs, compared to nearly a half-hour when I use other brands.
Relatively inexpensive and shoots well
The box arrived a little ratty but I inspected all the individual boxes that appeared to have scratch marks on them. Opened the scratched boxes and all was well. By the way, that box of 1000 was pretty heavy. Anyway, grabbed a box and went to the range yesterday and was very pleased. I ran the ammo through my Sig 229 and it cycled like a champ. Do be mindful though, a few months ago I caught a couple of rounds that had the bullet compressed down into the cartridge, that could have been real bad.
You're reviewing: 40 S&W - 180 Grain FMJ-FP - PMC - 1000 Rounds
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