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|Bullet Weight||230 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.45 ACP (Auto)|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||830|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||352|
Estate Cartridge is another ammo brand that's part of the ATK family, along with Federal, CCI, and Speer. All ATK ammo, including Estate, is manufactured here in the US in state-of-the-art facilities that represent one of the world's largest ammo makers.
The Estate brand is normally associated with shotgun shells, but they also make pistol ammo under this banner, like this 45 ACP cartridge. This load features a 230-grain bullet seated in a boxer-primed reloadable brass case. The bullet has a traditional lead core, copper full metal jacket with an exposed lead base.
Ammo of this type is ideal for training or casual range use. We used the Estate ammo with six different handguns, and didn't have any problems with feeding or reliability. Recoil seemed on par with most other 45 practice loads from a major brand. In a full-size pistol, it's pretty easy to handle, and using a smaller gun like our Kahr CW45, it can be a bit of a handful after a while.
To test accuracy, we shot some groups at 15 yards from a benchrest using a Springfield Armory XD(M). With one flyer, most of our 10 shots impacted in a two-inch group just a little high and right of the point of aim. For casual range use, Estate ammo seems to be a good bargain. It's among the most affordable brass case ammo available, and comes from a company that's known for consistency and quality in all of their brands.
Review by Diggerxvi
This brass is reloadable and performed well at the range. A note to all reloaders, it uses small pistol primers in 45 ACP instead of the normal large pistol primers.
(Posted on 2/2/2013)
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