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Kinetic Ammo…Cheap, But Is It Worth It?

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Kinetic Ammo…Cheap, But Is It Worth It?

I loaded up a few magazines for my Hi-Power and headed down range to get a few groups for accuracy purposes.

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a lot of ammo from Kinetic Range. In particular, their 9mm 115gr lead round nose that is coated with their proprietary “Hi-Tek” coating. This coating is applied in order to prevent fouling. Kinetic argues that this allows them to manufacture ammo that’s less expensive than plated bullets, yet still doesn’t create fouling issues and can be used in guns that discourage the use of bare lead bullets – such as GLOCK and H&K . . .

These are reloads of the most generic type. Market price seems to be around $0.17/round, which places them slightly below the cost of other reloads as well as steel-cased ammo such as Wolf. The price is around 20-25% less than low-end, factory new brass ammo such as CCI Blazer. This ammo consisted of mixed case colors, mixed head stamps, missing primers, and boxes that fall apart if you look at them wrong. Wait…did I say missing primers? Yes, they’ve been able to cut costs and increase training opportunities by not including primers for some of their cartridges! More on that later.

We arrived at the range with a few different 9mm handguns – a SIG P6, a SIG P320, and an Heirloom Precision Browning Hi-Power. In our previous experience, all three of these have proved steadfastly reliable through thousands of rounds of mixed ammo, so we knew they have a strong history. In addition, I have performed extensive accuracy testing on the Hi-Power, so I had a good database of accuracy results.

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