I purchased 100 rounds of Angel fire 168 grain 308 ammo 3 years ago, placed it in an ammo can with some dry packs. This deer season I took it out and tried to compare it with my factory ammo. I fired the first round and could not eject casing from my Savage model 11. It took striking bolt with a 2x4 to get the bolt open …. Fired a federal and Remington factory round with no problem. Foolishly tried another Angel fire round and the same thing happened could not eject empty … unable to get Angel fire to even send me a return label so they could check the ammo…
Welcome to the community @Robert1501
Sorry to hear about your problem with this ammo. I haven’t heard of this manufacturer before but will be sure to avoid them in the future. Thanks for the heads up!
I…personally refuse to buy or use any reloaded ammo. Experience and anecdotal evidence just indicates that, well, this kind of thing happens with it far more often, % wise, than with factory ammo from an established manufacturer
Hello and welcome @Robert1501 never heard of Angel Fire before
I don’t burn through as much ammo as I’m sure some here do, but I try to get to the range once a month or so. In years of shooting, and thousands of rounds, the only revolver malfunction I ever had was a squib load stuck between the cylinder and forcing cone. We had to push the bullet back into the case to free up the gun. Upon inspection, I found it was not loaded with powder. It was a “factory reload.” I gave the other few bags of the crap to a guy at the range and warned him about the squib. He seemed happy to risk it. Never again for me. Guns are expensive, and it’s not worth risking nice guns on garbage ammo to save a few cents a round, as far as I’m concerned.
I have a buddy that reloads 308. He has a couple of different 308 rifles. One is an AR10. The rest are “more precision” chamber barrels. Any brass ever shot in the AR10 are labeled and only reloaded for the AR10.
When we shoot ammo the case expands to the size of the chamber it is in. If you have a tighter chamber than what the case was shot in prior to reloading, then you will have problems.
Edit… sorry, I just noticed this is your 1st post. Happy to have you here
Welcome aboard sir. Thanks for telling us about this experience.
Using a vernier caliper, measure the neck diameter it should be. 344 inch and measure the rim diameter it should be. 374 inch.
If the rim in smaller than .374 and or the neck is larger than .344 you may experience some ejection problems.
@Robert1501 Welcome to the community, and hope you took care of your ammo problem.