Interesting day to say the least. I tried out a new ammo (new to me) in .45ACP FMJ from Freedom Munitions. In fact, its’ their own brand of .45ACP 230gr FMJ. I chose them over my usual Winchester .45ACP 230gr Q4170, as the 4170 is about as available as gold hen’s teeth. So, I figured, what the hell and bought 500 rounds. They were available, there was not ungodly wait of months, and the price was reasonable (about .43 per round).
I figured it’d be ok to shoot as it was ‘remanufactured’ ammo of Freedom Munitions, and would be good to 25 meters. So I didn’t have super high hopes for other than mediocre performance. First thing I noticed out of the box was the ammo didn’t look remanufactured; it looked NEW. Like made last week new. The FMJ projectile looked like it had just come out of a tumbler, as did the brass. I all of a sudden hopes started climbing, which were pretty well justified after shooting the box.
Straight up, my groups were not as good as I usually get with the Winchester, but I put that down to the Freedom Munitions ammo being actually a bit hotter. At least it felt that way. The specs say it is rated at 830FPS, but it felt a LOT faster with a bit of a harder punch during recoil. Not enough to cause flinch, but enough to be noticed.
Here’s the first target – my aiming point was the nose – this was at 20 meters. 10 rounds, slow fire. All 10 are hits, and would have definitely ruined the guy’s Sunday and given me time to follow up, in the case of the scalp hit upper left. I used the same aiming technique I do with my standard Winchester ammo.
Here’s a full target 5 group target. The head shots are Group 1, the group from the eyebrows to the chin is group 2 &3 The eyebrows group fared way better-I ignored my tritium sight dots and used the tops of the front and rear sights. Group 3 was fired with the focus on the tritium dots aiming at the chin. Group 4 was fired at the hip area and was all over the place (more rapid shooting and high impact again. Group 5 was fired at the heart, directly. It stayed centered nicely, but as you can see, was all about the vertebrae and only nicked the aeorta.
Bottom line is this is GREAT training ammo! Glad I took a chance on it. Their ‘new’ .45 230gr runs at .48 per round, and I’m betting it’s worth it, especially in this environment of disappearing supplies, non-existent raw materials, and fewer products being chased by more dollars. If you can, get you some. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
Last target is an occular cavity target I shot with 30 rounds of my ‘go to’ Winchester .45ACP 230gr FMJ at 20 meters. Results were predictable as I’ve been using this ammo forever, and I’m completely used to it. That one round that’s not in the occular cavity? Well, as Davey Crockett said, “….Wind kicked up…” LOL