Every winter I get a couple pallets’ worth of centerfire ammunition to run through the new rifles in Outdoor Life’s annual gun test. The ammo comes from every major manufacturer and includes broad samplings from within each maker’s product line. I order everything from best-in-class match ammo to cheapo loads. I also make sure to get a mix of products that are tried-and-true as well as the newest stuff to roll off the production line.
This is done in an effort to ensure that our head-to-head gun test produces valid results. Run all that ammo through the guns and the data tells you a lot about the rifles.
But this road runs both ways. Using the same batches of ammo in all those rifles tells you a lot about the ammunition as well.