Ammo Test – Nutmeg Sporting Cartridge

Getting the lead out

Getting the lead out

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.
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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:

 

Chronograph Results

Chronograph Results

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′:

.45acp ParaOrd GI Expert @ 50'

.45acp ParaOrd GI Expert @ 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.

Update:

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

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5 Responses to “Ammo Test – Nutmeg Sporting Cartridge”

  1. Miguel says:

    The 9mm velocities seem a tad under but I will attribute that to barrel length. For that specific gun, it would not make Power Factor (1,086 fps with a 115gr for 125,000) for an IDPA sanctioned match. I am sure a longer barrel gun would not have any problem at all because it is just almost there.
    The 38 spc would be troublesome for a sanctioned match even with the new lowered Power Factor of 105,000.

    But if both calibers ran good and were accurate, I see no problem for regular club level matches were nobody cares much about power factor, just shooting away and having fun.
    I’ll tell my guys and gals that there is new ammo in town. 🙂

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Bill K. says:

    What are the ammo prices and where can it be bought?

    Thanks…

  3. Gunnutmegger says:

    Bill,

    You can try

    1) gun stores near Winstead CT.

    2) R & R Sport Shop in Belchertown, MA

    or drop Dean Blair a line and ask him who stocks his ammo. He was working on expanding his dealer base last time we talked:

    Nutmeg Sporting Cartridge
    860-379-2938
    http://nutmegsporting.com/
    contact: dblair@nutmegsporting.com

  4. Art says:

    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

    Thanks for asking!

    • Bill K. says:

      Art,

      Thanks. Sportsmans Outpost is reasonably close to me (Southbury). I’ve done both archery and firearms business with them on a few occasions.

      Bill K.