Finally, a range test of ammo.
We bought a chronograph to test ammo, and also because we will be starting to reload in the near future.
We toured the Nutmeg Sporting Cartridge manufacturing facility in February, and interviewed the owner, Dean Blair. Dean was generous enough to provide us with test ammo in several popular calibers. We eagerly looked forward to our testing session.
Sadly, the weather and temperature were not cooperating over the last few months. Between the many feet of snow that hammered Connecticut, the near-zero temperatures and then the endless rain, outdoor shooting wasn’t possible for multiple weekends. And the range at the Hamden Fish & Game Protective Association where we shoot was undergoing construction. So we practiced using the new chronograph, and eventually the perfect storm of temperature, weather and a weekend day came together.
We unpacked our gear, set up the chronograph, and ran several calibers of Nutmeg ammo between the poles:
The 9mm is pretty consistent. The .38 had some outliers, but they were all on the safe side. That fits in with owner Dean Blair’s goal: safe affordable target ammo.
The ammo is not smoky at all, except a little bit when the .38 is fired from a snubnose.
Accuracy? Here is the Nutmeg .45acp ammo (230gr LRN plated) at 50′:
Bottom line? No crazy velocities, no failures to feed, fire or extract.
I feel comfortable using the Nutmeg ammo in my guns, and the prices are very fair.
From the comments:
Here are a few other places where Nutmeg Sporting Cartridges are available.
Newington Gun Exchange
Autumn Gun Works Goshen, CT
Shooter’s New Milford, CT
Wolf’s Range, Bristol, CT
Sportsmans Outpost, Wolcott, CT
Riverview Sales, East Windsor, CT