Originally Posted by dkf
I've been hearing of some QC issues with Fiocchi in .357sig and .40 from other forums. The stuff made outside the US seemed to be the culprit. Just a heads up. Personally I would trust the Black Hills ammo with the XTP bullet more than Fiocchi.
The 115-grain Fiocchi Extrema
XTP 9mm ammo is the best standard pressure JHP self-defense round I've tried through my PF-9. It comes in a deep blue box and is very robust, moreso than standard pressure 115-grain Speer Gold Dot. It is far and away the most accurate of all the ammos I've tested in that particular pistol. I really should get off the dime and try it through my sub-compact 9mm.
The 124-grain Fiocchi Extrema
XTP was a huge disappointment and others who have chronoed this round report that it's velocity doesn't in any way live up to billing. To me it seemed underpowered and not particularly accurate.
I don't know for sure where the ammo is manufactured but the 115-grain Extrema
has the CIP logo on the box which leads me to think it may be European-made whereas the 124-grain Extrema
has the SAAMI logo and carries the Springfield, MO address.
I've never shot Black Hills but I understand it has an excellent reputation.
I'm looking to get some Fiocchi .40 S&W 180gr loaded with XTP bullets, I normally get Federal HST but haven't been able to get the 180's.
My suggestion is to try some out. It's a very affordable self-defense ammo with a proven bullet and you may find it's just what you're looking for.