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BBM - Battle Born Munitions - Anyone Have Experience with Them?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by etrain16, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm taking a handgun course in about a month and I've been picking up an extra box of ammo here and there - I need 350 rounds minimum for the class, and it has to be factory new manufacture, no reloads. Since money is a definite consideration, I'm always looking for something that's on sale.

    I spotted a new box of 9mm at Freddy's yesterday - BBM (Battle Born Munitions) out of Reno, NV, though it says it's made in South Africa. The box says "Combat Proven since 1938". It was on sale $2 less than Blazer Brass. I picked up two boxes. I'm not sure yet if I'll use it for the class, but I'm going out to the range, hopefully mid-week, to do a little practice in advance of the class next month.

    Anyway, I'm just curious if anyone has any experience with this brand of ammo? If so, any feedback, positive or negative?

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  2. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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  4. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Interesting stuff. Their website makes a big deal about being good for military and competition use. They list 9mm, .22lr, 7.62x39, .223/5.56 and .308 among their current products.

    Freddy's has their .22lr on the shelf too - but at $7.99/50 ($6.99 on sale), it's more than I want to pay for .22

    I'll try this ammo and see how it does. So long as it's reliable, I'll be happy to use it again.

    BTW, that .22lr ammo has been on the shelf for a while now - apparently not many folks are willing to pay that price (it's on the top shelf in the red and silver boxes):

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  5. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Use it, if it does not work well you will get plenty of training on malfunction clearing drills.
     
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  6. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I just had a thought that it might be reboxed hot SMG ammo, and might be 'fun' to shoot in a pistol. I also just thought that I shouldn't have had that 2nd bowl of ice cream, so weigh the first thought accordingly.

    ;)
     
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  7. fxdc

    fxdc Da Valley USPSA, SPEED STEEL, IDPA, 3 GUN

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    It's new to me , never head of them. Lived in Reno for years, also its not crimped so no SUB gun use.

    Crimped 9mm /nato /military ammo is crimped for a good reason. And I see no evidence of any crimp on this stuff.

    Good luck
    And have FUN
     
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  8. The Courier

    The Courier Newberg, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    We started getting this stuff in battle packs of assorted calibers, the odd thing is that each type is made in a different country. 556 is made in bosnia while the 223 is made in Africa, CI brand 22lr is also BBM made in Mexico. Price wasn't too bad so I bought a box of 223 and 556 just to see how they shoot hopefully Wednesday I'll be able to test'em out.
     
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  9. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I ran a 50-round box through my M&P 9c on Wednesday. It worked just fine - cycled well, no dirtier than I normally see for plinking ammo. I've got another box I'll hopefully try out here soon. First impressions are that this is decent plinking ammo.
     
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