Monarch Ammo?

SPCHardin

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Jul 19, 2010
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Today I took my friend out to learn to shoot. We were shooting my Sig 226 in .40 S&W and when she was shooting she had an exceptional amount of stove pipes. I am thinking that this was due to a limp wristing issue, but I had 2-3 myself. We were shooting monarch .40 ammo, simply because its cheap.

Has anyone shot monarch ammo and had problems with this issue?
 

ROGER4314

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Jul 11, 2009
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We shot a bunch of Monarch (Academy) .380 and 9X19 and had no problems with it. In fact, I'd give it a B+ to A- for the price.

Flash
 

Sgt

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Feb 22, 2011
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I work at a public shooting range, we see alot of the monarch come in, mostly 5.56, but other than it being really dirty/ heavy on carbon build up, no real problems, it is not as consistant and i would not personly rely on it for scoring situations or God forbid THE situation. but for killin paper its ok stuff. As for the stove pipes, if it persist, i would give it a good cleaning, and check that mag.
 

robin303

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Feb 10, 2010
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I have shot maybe 500+ rds of that in my Glocks and I found it better than that crap Federal from Wally world and UMC. It is made in Russia and I clean my weapons anyway and used it in matches. I only used the brass stuff and not once ever had a failure of any kind. Only bought it on sale for the brass really.
 

Kyle

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I have hunted with the stuff and dumped countless numbers into paper with it. You can't go wrong with it at all!
 

Designated

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I liked it, seemed a little more dirty/smoky then higher end stuff but no problems.

My 1/7 twist Colt did not like it(55gr .223) that much accuracy wise, but you know thats the whole bullet length-twist rate-chrome thing. Sig 556's love it though (at least mine did)
 

mrcharlie

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Dec 9, 2009
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Monarch is not an actual manufacturer, it is Academy's house brand. The brass cased ammo is made by PPU in Serbia and the steel jacketed ammo is made by Barnaul in Russia. I don't use steel jacket ammo, but their brass is decent quality.
 

Wolfwood

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^^ good info! i did not know that.

all i know about monarch is it is stinky. i have only had about 100 rounds of 5.56 and no malfunctions.
 

Lobo_79

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May 17, 2008
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...Has anyone shot monarch ammo and had problems with this issue?
I agree with the folks that say it smokes a little more and is dirtier. I've also had some rounds that seemed to have had a lighter powder charge. But I have to say it has worked well in my Berettas and Smith & Wessons. I shoot primarily 9mm and .357 Magnums in guns that are famous for their reliability.

I have also noticed that my CZ75B in .40 S&W can only handle about 75 rounds or so of Monarch ammo before it gets dirty enough to start having feeding problems. Specifically the feed ramp gets really dirty with this ammo quicker than anything else I shoot.

So my obvious conclusion for my applications was to take advantage of Monarch's lower price, and be content with cleaning the moving parts more often. Also, and at the risk of being branded a heretic, I've had better luck with Monarch 115 gr FMJ 9mm ammo than I have had with WWB, at least in the 100 round box.
 

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