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Old May 10th, 2017, 08:49 AM   #1
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Break in ammo?

Hey guys, just bought a Shield 9 at the gun show last weekend unexpectedly. Couldn't pass up the deal at $250 after the rebate.

Any suggestions on cheap ammo that works well in these? I thought about the Walmart 100rd federal alum. casing. But after reading around the forum, some people said they had problems with that round. This will only be used for break in, not carry ammo. Thanks guys, I've read tons of great info around here already!
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Old May 10th, 2017, 09:48 AM   #2
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You can use whatever ammo you want to break it in.
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You can use whatever ammo you want to break it in.
Thanks, I'll just grab a few hundred rds of the cheapest fmj wally world has to offer then
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I jusy picked up the 9mm and 40 shields and in the breakin process now. Just ran the Fed Allum ammo, 100 each, through them both and they ate everything without a problem. Gonna run another 100 through each next week. Never had a issue running them in anyting I own. And that includes .380, 9mm, 40 S&W and .45 acp. For breakin or just range use, there isn't anything wrong with them, and ya save a few bucks.

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That should work fine, most pistols operate better after they have 200-300 rounds through them, but its not important exactly which ammo to use, it would be pretty silly to shoot up the expensive stuff.
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I jusy picked up the 9mm and 40 shields and in the breakin process now. Just ran the Fed Allum ammo, 100 each, through them both and they ate everything without a problem. Gonna run another 100 through each next week. Never had a issue running them in anyting I own. And that includes .380, 9mm, 40 S&W and .45 acp. For breakin or just range use, there isn't anything wrong with them, and ya save a few bucks.
Awesome. After reading through so many threads this week, I can't really remember what the situation was for the aluminum case problems. It might have been the guy shot it straight outta the box, no cleaning the factory lube iirc.

In any case, the cheap federal is what I'm leaning towards.
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The cheap aluminum cases aren't the best for feeding, so I wouldn't buy a box of 500, but you could live with a few problems with a box of 100, but you never know they might feed fine.
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The cheap aluminum cases aren't the best for feeding, so I wouldn't buy a box of 500, but you could live with a few problems with a box of 100, but you never know they might feed fine.
I ended up grabbing a couple of the 100rd Winchester 115gr.

Brass casing and actually cheaper than the federal. Thanks for the help
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I was told by the guy at the range to max shoot 200 between each cleaning. Like the steel ammo, they tend to put a coating on the case, so if there is to much, that can cause issues.

I usually take 1 to 2 pistols and a rifle when I go to the range. And a maximum of 100 rounds per pistol and 50 per rifle each time. Since I'm an old coot, I have one old habits. I don't care if there was one shot, I clean it. And as I said, I never had an issue.

Now my wife only shoots 100 to 200 each time and takes one pistol. And she had 1 stove pipe. That was about 125th to 150th round into it. The time before, she had no issue.
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You can clean your pistol anytime you want, but as far as I know there isn't any coating on the aluminum cased ammo. Generally speaking don't put too much stock into those 'A guy at the range told me...' most of those guys don't know what they are talking about.
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Damn! I'm not sure I will have time for 500rds, but I am going to fit in as much as possible to get this thing broken in sooner. Hopefully 2-300 this time out. We will see.
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The only break in i`m aware of, is the ammo i use is when somebody breaks in...hehehe
I used WWB and Federal from welfare-mart (wal-mart) to break in all my new guns. 500 rounds each.
I`ve shot a ton of the federal aluminum and the wwb steal case ammo... worked perfectly fine in my shields.
Black box tulammo bad idea... has a lacquer coating on the cases to keep them from rusting.
It WILL gum up your chamber if you fire it several times without letting the gun cool off.
Stick with american made ammo, you`ll be happier.

Just a quick note too Sr20ser84,
watch out for crimped primers in WWB ammo, that shit is HOT, likely NATO rounds mixed in with their bulk white box ammo.
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You can clean your pistol anytime you want, but as far as I know there isn't any coating on the aluminum cased ammo. Generally speaking don't put too much stock into those 'A guy at the range told me...' most of those guys don't know what they are talking about.
Oh man ain't THAT the truth...!!!!!
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The only break in i`m aware of, is the ammo i use is when somebody breaks in...hehehe
I used WWB and Federal from welfare-mart (wal-mart) to break in all my new guns. 500 rounds each.
I`ve shot a ton of the federal aluminum and the wwb steal case ammo... worked perfectly fine in my shields.
Black box tulammo bad idea... has a lacquer coating on the cases to keep them from rusting.
It WILL gum up your chamber if you fire it several times without letting the gun cool off.
Stick with american made ammo, you`ll be happier.

Just a quick note too Sr20ser84,
watch out for crimped primers in WWB ammo, that shit is HOT, likely NATO rounds mixed in with their bulk white box ammo.


WWB is on my do not buy list.
Only stuff that Ive had malfunctions with.
As for the Tulammo Ive shot quite a bit of it and have done several mags consecutively has never caused a malfunction by gumming up the chamber in any of my SA pistols or my AR(7.62 x39 cal) or my AK or my SKS and they see that stuff exclusively.

Do be sure to carefully and completely CLEAN your weapon after to remove any of the lacquer in the chamber.

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