Y'all might recall from last week when I gave readers a heads-up about an ammo deal from Ammoman.com. Like many of you, I ordered a box and it came in yesterday.
A cursory glance at the cartridges inside show a PMC headstamp, and I admit that I'm fairly ignorant of PMC ammo, so I did a little research. Eric was shipping from damaged boxes, so he couldn't tell us what exact ammo we were getting, but after a little cursory detective work, I believe I have it nailed down.
The first clue, of course was the PMC headstamp which told me the manufacturer. The second clue was the rounded profile,, shiny copper of the bullet itself, which revealed it to be standard ball ammunition. The third clue was the large pistol primer in the head of the cartridge. Armed with that informaiton, I went to the PMC website to see if I could nail it down.
I believe that what I have is PMC Bronze, #45A, which is a standard .45 ACP, 230 grain, full metal jacket ammo. PMCs spec page tells me that it has a muzzle velocity of 830 fps, which makes it standard range ammo, identical to the old Western-Olin ammo so beloved of GIs worldwide. A 230 grain bullet at 830 is nothing to scoff at and would serve well as defensive ammo in a pinch. Sure enough, the pulled bullet from a sample round showed 229 grains on my old Hornady scale and revealed the bullet to be a common cup-and-core full patch bullet. Yep, what we've got is common ball ammo.
If we consider that the ammo can is worth $9.00, then the ammo cost me $100.00, which comes to 22.2 cents per round, which is a screaming deal for .45 ball ammo.
Thanks Eric, and if you ever have another of these deals, let me know.Again, the link is Ammoman.com.