I am looking for some way to determine what projectile is used in generic "55 gr soft point" for duty use ammunition.

I am working hard on updating our depts training, maintenance, firearms and ammunition program. 

We just dumped Hunters Shack ammunition finally, and switched over to a new supplier. I spec'd out Speer Gold Dot, Winchester Ranger or Hornady Critical Duty 64 gr nickel case for duty ammunition and a brass case ball round for practice.

Somewhere in the convoluted chain of command, that specific recommendation became "55 gr PSP from wherever is cheapest for duty practice" I am assured by the guy that likely did the switch that this is "a good duty bullet". I remain uncomforted.

How do I figure out what bullet is in this years duty ammunition?

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I had to look up "PSP" - pointed soft point.  It looks like Remington is the only one selling and marketing this bullet, but whether they make it or not, IDK.  Remington has charts for velocity vs range, but nothing for terminal performance.

You're uncomforted?  For good reason.  There is nothing to indicate that this is purposed for LE work.  I think you just got hosed.

Just because it looks like some of the other offerings you mentioned, doesn't mean it is.

Is it too late to change?

Is this remanufactured ammo or from some small loading company rather than "factory?"

If so they are probably buying economical bulk bullets if the blt isn't identified.   I haven't been loading ammo since about the time of the big ammo shortage but the cheapest domestic   .224  55gr PSP  blts were  Rem, Win. and sometimes Hornady.   For performance those are going to be pretty equal cup/core blts if loaded the same.

Now if they are going with some of the generic (especially fmj) blts being offered by some places I'm suspecting they are not domestic and don't have a clue but have seen some that were  IMI.


There is no left or right.

There is only tyranny or freedom. 

Armscor got the bid as far as I can tell-   They have the bid for MT POST academy and therefore can do no wrong. So they promptly fucked up and sent us 55gr FMJ.

This is the kind of stupidity that finally got us away from HSM ammo.

To say that I am "uncomforted" is an understatement.

The guy running the Quartermaster desk acts like we are spending his own money, and is a fundamentalist cheapskate. He was proud that he saved us a hundred bucks a case.

I have an uneasy feeling that we are getting run of the mill varmint grade 55 gr ammo. Which is what HSM was providing us.


Majority of any brand of 55gr JSP are unlikely to be a "good duty load" IMHO. The only one I can think of the the Federal 55gr Trophy Bonded, which is pricey as hell not always easy to find. Even 55gr GDSP isn't great for patrol rifle stuff, at least through standard-length barrels.


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