View Full Version : Bitterroot Valley ammo in 10mm?
I picked up a couple of boxes of 180 gr FMJ's made by these folks when I bought my 29SF last week.
Seems to shoot pretty well, rather moderate recoil, certainly less than the Silvertips I was shooting during the same range session.
Kind of makes me doubt the 1200 fps they claim on the website.
Anyone else tried this stuff in 10mm and chronographed it by chance?
I saw that the ammo was for sale at the Cheaper-Than-Dirt website but I have a chrono and have never seen any of the higher performance ammo from any company ever meet the advertised claims. It is a shame as it appears now the manufacturers all have to lie just to compete with his competitor who is lying.
If they dont lie and exaggerate about their performance it appears their competitor will get the business. Probably only 1 in a hundred shooters own a chronograph so you can see how that all works.
Haven't used their 10mm ammo, but I did shoot some 45-70 of theirs that Cheaper Than Dirt advertises on their site as 405 grain FP at 1600FPS, but the box said 1200 FPS. It chrono'd at 1050 FPS out of my 18.5" guide gun, so maybe they were shooting it out of a longer barrel. It was dirty, and made a mess in my barrel, with unburnt powder in the action. Not impressed. There was so little powder in the case that when you shook one it was obvious that it wasn't even 1/3 full in there. Somehow it managed to lead my barrel in 20 rounds also, even at that velocity. It was loaded in new Starline brass though, so I wouldn't call it a total waste at $20 a box. Still way cheaper than everybody else's ammo, and I was able to get brass when everyone was backordered.
As far as manufacturers lying about their velocities, one that I know doesn't do that is Buffalo Bore. I've chrono'd their 10mm, 45 Colt, and 45-70 loads and they were just as advertised. They also didn't require longer barrels to get the advertised velocities. They do cost more than their competition, but I've never been let down by their ammo. That said, I wouldn't pay the premium if they are using cheap-o bullets as has been reported lately. If I'm paying over a buck a piece, I expect a Gold Dot, not a Montana Gold.
I have one box left and I do happen to own a chronograph, it is just a bit of a pain in the rear to set it up.
Next time I take out the G29 I will haul the ol Oehler also, and get some data on the Bitterroot and the Silvertips as well.
Stay tuned,as they say.
I've found that the Big 3 don't lie about velocities. Which is also why I think 45ACP +P, .40 and 357sig from longslides with 6" barrels are the best thing going for power junkies, long range shooters and (auto) handgun hunters. 10mm rules for reloaders but there is no feasable source of reasonably priced, full power ammunition in this caliber. None.
10mm still makes a great woods gun and even CCI Blazer with it's 200 TMJ @ 1050 is better than anything else out there. I weighed a box of 50 and thanks to it's aluminum cases, is lighter than a 50 round box of .40 165 gr. HST's. An appreciated bonus for long hikes.
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