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|Manufacturer||Military Ballistics Industries|
|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Plated Round Nose Flat Point|
|Ammo Caliber||.38 Special|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||760|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||203|
Military Ballistics Industries is an ammo company you might not have heard of before. But they're known for producing high-quality, re-manufactured ammo using once-fired brass or nickel plated brass casings. Every round of MBI ammo uses Hornady bullets or bullets from the Lake City military ammo plant. They also use non-corrosive primers from CCI and Winchester. MBI takes advantage of the latest electronic loading machine technology, calibrated to provide consistent performance and accuracy. The MBI ammo we fired for this test is their .38 special with a 158 grain lead core full metal jacket bullet. The mixed brass has a variety of different headstamps. But that didn't really seem to affect consistency.
Each round performed as expected with consistent ignition and extraction in all six of our test guns. The only exception was the light primer stripes that we got while using our Smith & Wesson 686. This particular revolver is equipped with an exceptionally light hammer spring, so it's not uncommon to run into this issue. If you're using a gun with factory-weight springs, you should have no problem with the reliability of MBI ammo.
This MBI load is pretty light recoiling, making rapid fire really easy. Unlike a lot of other light .38 loads, these bullets are full metal jacket, which is really nice when it comes time to clean the guns because it leaves behind a little less residue in the barrel than cast lead bullets. We tested accuracy from the bench at 15 yards using a four-inch barrel Ruger GP100. We had a couple of fliers in our 10-shot group, but most of our shots were hitting right in the center of our point-of-aim.
MBI and .38 special is a great plinking load that's low cost and low recoil. If you've still got doubts about this brand, be sure to check out the reviews on the website. We've gotten lots of great feedback from customers who have tried the other MBI handgun calibers.
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After thousands of rounds, 9, 40, 45 & 38 special, I'm moving on.
After thousands of rounds of all calibers of MBI. I'm moving on.. Seems like there quality control had diminished considerably. I feel it has changed. Lighter loads, primer issues, dirty brass out of the bag and 2 squibs in this last batch has taken the wind from this shooters sail. Nothing on Lucky Gunner, I appreciate their top rate, bend over backwards CS and Lounge education available is stellar still. Thanks for the good loads and education.
Very poor quality ammo
Unfortunately, I've only gotten through ~200 rounds out of the 1000 rounds so far. My .357 currently has a bullet jammed in the barrel for the second time with this ammo from a squib load. I've never had squibs before with any gun ever and I've now had two of them in 200 rounds. I've also had several duds and the rounds that have worked are extremely inconsistent. It sickens me to dump out 800 rounds of ammo, but I'm done dealing with this. I VERY MUCH recommend you do not purchase. In my relatively limited experience, this is the lowest quality ammo I've ever used. Will never purchase this brand again, very disappointed.
MBI = Great all round ammo
MBI from Lucky Gunner is my mainstay and the bulk of my ammo purchased. Appreciate the current number in stock, quick shipping and competitive pricing. My first go to ammo solution when starting to run low. Thanks
I read the warnings with concern. However, I have fired several thousand rounds of this ammunition. I have had only 2 problems. One rounds had a high primer and would not rotate in the cylinder. I was reluctant to hammer it into place. One bag of a 100 actually contained 101 rounds.
Great practice/plinking ammo. Good groups at 7 yards & not too bad at 15. My 3 inch SP101 likes it a little better than my M19 Smith, but overall it works great. A little dirty & a couple of dented cases, but no big deal. I will buy more.
Great practice ammo.
S&W 327 Night Guard, Kimber K6S. Able to group and maintain accuracy. Recoil is very manageable. Didn't seem any dirtier than the 3 or 4 other name brands of ammo. My daughter was smiling a lot, me too.
Reloads are Reloads
Fired one hundred rounds today after purchasing five hundred rounds. Fifty from a two (2) inch Colt Detective Special and fifty in a four inch S & W Model 66. Two (2) rounds tumbled from the Colt and several others had distinct pressure variances. Ninety percent of them were just fine, made clean holes after going bang...good value, made in USA so what have you got to lose?
Service excellent and product excellent
Thank You for being one of the few Ammo Suppliers that has not abandoned New York Shooters due to Cuomo's SAFE ACT. You make the complicated process of getting mail order ammo very simple and you will be my sole supplier of ammo in the future. Once again THANK YOU
Great ammo, Great value.
Been buying ammo from Luck Gunner for years, and they never let me down. This .38 ammo is accurate, and consistent. I buy in bulk, and won't go anywhere else. Thanks for a great product and great customer service.
The best I've used so far!! I'm sticking with it!!
I'm having a "blast"!!! Practice with my Rossi .357 magnum and S&W .38 special and loving it!! No misfires and minimal kickback. My instructor says she is very happy with my proficiency in handling a weapon and the accuracy in which I can fire it! Got to have good ammo to get an evaluation like that!!
Excellent Price and Great Ammo
Purchased 300 to test out in my new 4" inch GP100. All 300 fired fine and the accuracy was right on with any other range ammo. The GP100 has the lightened Wolff spring kit in it with the 10lb hammer and 8lb trigger spring. Fired like a champ no light strikes - all went bang. I didn't find it any more dirty than ammo that is 10 cents more per round.
Great ammo great value
I have purchased the MBI before in 9 mm and 45 acp the 38 special was the same great ammo.
Delivery was fast and for a good cost as well. Just need MBI to start producing 357 magnum or 38 + P them I would be all set. Keep up the great job.
I'll never buy reloads again
I recently purchased these rounds and fired 10 of them on a range before having to stop. Of the 10, I had 2 misfire, one of which managed to jam the wheel of my 38 to the point that I needed assistance freeing it and now have to take the gun to a repair shop to get the extractor pin looked at. I was happy with the price but that was when I thought the rounds were worth it. I will NEVER purchase reloads again from anyone.
great ammo, great price and quality
I gave this brand a try and I am very impressed. There are small cosmetic blemishes, I'd guess mostly due to the loose packaging, and little else to complain about. Three different revolvers and a lever action rifle all cycled these rounds flawlessly. Accuracy, performance and reliability are all outstanding.
This is the second batch of ammo I've purchased from Lucky Gunner and I am well pleased with the product and delivery. Like the S&W on the 38 ammo video, my S&W 357 Pro 627 occasionally doesn't ignite the primer. Tightening the hammer spring screw all the way pretty much solved it. Now I always snug that screw when cleaning- and the screw holding the rear sight on- it comes loose also.
First time buying Military Ballistics ammo. It comes loosely packaged & there are many types of brass. The ammo shoots very clean. I shot 200 rounds & did not have one miss fire. I would buy this ammo again without hesitation.
You're reviewing: 38 Special - 158 Grain Plated RNFP - Military Ballistics Industries - 1000 Rounds
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