If you’re a gun owner, then you likely know all about the big names in ammunition. Winchester, Remington, Federal and Hornady are popular brands for all forms of shooting – from hunting, to training, to self-defense. But they’re not the only ones.
A recent conference for gun writers in the industry brought three companies to the surface that I suspect many shooters are not aware of, even though these companies have been around for quite some time.
Based out of Ruleville, Miss., this company has been around since 1982, long enough that I’m embarrassed to say I should’ve known of them. The company is perhaps better known for ammunition components such as bullets. However, the company offers two distinct lines of ammo geared toward training and competition.
Their “Performance Standard” line is remanufactured, using only once-fired cases. This ammo has undergone an extensive case-processing operation to bring it back to factory SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute) specifications. Precision Delta uses their own match-grade bullet for this line of ammo. They produce it in 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 Auto, 38 Special, and 223 Remington. While pricing for this line is not at bargain-basement levels, it is reasonable and sold in bulk quantities.
Precision Delta’s next line of ammo is the “Performance Pro.” This line uses the company’s own precision-made jacketed bullet and is engineered for optimum performance. They use new, high-quality brass for this load, specialized for precision and competitive shooting. The Performance Pro line is manufactured in 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 Auto, and 38 Special.
Learn more at Precision Delta’s website.
Mike McNett is the founder and president of DoubleTap Ammunition. He started making his favorite ammunition, 10mm, in his garage in 2002. Since then, the company has grown to be one of America’s largest, producing many loads that are branded under other names. Located in Cedar City, Utah, DoubleTap Ammunition has rapidly gained a reputation for powerful, reliable and accurate ammunition.
“We continue to be at the cutting edge of innovation from defensive ammunition to hunting ammunition,” he said. “Every single round that goes out the door has been touched by our hands and inspected by our eyes.”
The company currently offers 82 “mainstream” calibers and another 17 special order calibers. They can take any special order under certain quantity requirements. DoubleTap produces millions of rounds of ammunition every year. Additionally, the company offers brass and hard-cast bullets to the general public.
DoubleTap offers the following categories of ammunition:
- DT Defense — both handgun and rifle offerings based on self-defense needs.
- DT Hunter — handgun and rifle cartridges built for hunting.
- DT Long range — rifle ammunition built specifically for the long-range shooter.
- DT Safari — heavy rifle cartridges for your African Safari.
- DT Tactical — rifle and handgun ammo designed for tactical use.
- DT Target — primarily built for handgun target shooting, although 223 and 308 is also offered in this category.
The company also offers a more economical line of ammunition under the Colt name. Ammo under the Colt brand is broken down into “Defensive” and “National Match” categories.
Are you an STI Pistol shooter? If so, DoubleTap has specific offerings for the STI brand of pistols.
Finally, a “Ted Nugent” line of ammo is available from DoubleTap and is, of course, endorsed by the Nuge himself.
Visit the DoubleTap website.
If you’ve heard of Desert Tech, you probably associate the name with their bullpup design precision and modern sporting rifles. Their design allows for easy switch out of barrels and calibers, but that discussion is for another day.
Most likely you’ve not heard of Desert Tech’s line of precision rifle ammo. It’s more than suitable for law enforcement, military and competition applications.
Desert Tech representatives state that the accuracy and consistency of their match rifle ammo comes from “proprietary formulas and strict quality standards.”
The company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah and founded in 2007, produces match rifle ammo in the following calibers: .223Remington, 308 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, .338 Lapua Magnum, .375 CT, and .50 BMG.
Desert Tech also offers a full line of accessories, training, and now the new MDR (Micro Dynamic Rifle), a bullpup design carbine.
For more information, visit the Desert Tech website.
Most long-time shooters have their long-standing, favorite ammunition, but these companies could provide you with some unique options for your shooting needs. Give them a try!
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