The local WM has Federal Champion 9mm 115FMJ @ $9.47per 50 almost always available. Ive researched it quite a bit and it appears that CCI and Federal are owned by the same parent company. WM used to carry the CCI Blazer BRASS for about the same price. I checked Cabelas and they were loaded with ammo tonite but the cheapest 9mm is S&B @ $12.99per 50. I really like this S&B ammo BTW. It appears very peppy, clean and consistent. Its the brass cases not plated. Many Czech firearm companies even use S&B to test their guns.
Im now sitting on well over 1k rounds. Sorry if its hoarding but i wanted a good supply of brass for later. Most is FMJ plinking ammo. 100 rounds are "custom" loaded JHP ammo. I get it from a local reloader with a LLC (licensed) for $15per 50 using Mountain Gold JHP bullets. All of it is new Winchester brass.
Now part of reloading is the fun of learning and tailoring a load for your enjoyment. You get a sense of accomplishment and a better understanding of shooting as a sport... Know your gun... know your ammo... know your limitations...hone your skills..ect ect ect. I really enjoy this part of shooting with my single shot rifles and muzzle loaders.
My 995TS is more of a plinker "to me" but im fairly impressed at how usefull it can be with the correct ammo. A board member has given me a load ive researched thru other reloading data and it looks like it might be a very nice clean target load.
I really want to try Accurate Arms #7. It is fairly close to his recommended powder in burn rate but dirtier. #7 was allegedly originally designed as a 9mm carbine
powder that would also work fine in pistols. I now have a good supply of brass and AA has carbine load data for 9mm
and the data for #7 looks quite impressive from 90-130gr. I really want to try out a 130gr hard cast at moderate velocity and tuned for accuracy. Ive heard the 995 doesnt shoot as well with cast but im from Missouri so....
Its about the only way i can justify reloading the 9mm (cost effectively). I can save some money and get a load no one offers, even in a 130FMJ. Casual FMJ plinking ammo wont be that much cheaper including my time to reload. I already have a simple single stage press and scale ect but my other guns dont gobble down ammo like the 995 does. Its just so much fun to blast away. I usually target shoot or hunt with single shot or bolt action rifles using a fairly tailored load for each gun. My semi auto rifles prefer cheap steel case import or MILSPEC except one custom that only gets the best.
+P factory ammo is insanely priced so yes it is VERY cost effective but not a good idea for home defense (legally). I can get near +P quality new ammo from the licensed loader i mentioned and im sure it would be highly effective with less hassles. He even loads Barnes bullets for much less than the name brands. They are my personal favorite SHTF and hunting bullets.
Looks like im going to need to start buying in 1000+ bulk components and get a progressive press if this 995TS addiction continues or be happy with paying about $20 per 100. :laugh: