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It's funny that you say that about quality control. two weeks ago I had some American Eagle in 147 that had always worked well in all of my guns. In the last 150 rnds that I had, I had a number of issues with feeding into one of my glocks and that one has been pretty reliable with everything I've feed through it.My preferred cartridge for USPSA in 9mm (mostly I've used in p320 and s&w 929 with special moonclips from TK customs, but it did cycle my g17), and I use the 205gr .40 as well (glock 35-based). I intend to try it in my recently built 6" 9mm 1911, just haven't made it to the range at the same time as I've had 150s (if I think of it and notice anything untoward, I'll follow up with a report of how it does).
Soft shooting, the very definition of a 'push' rather than 'pop' in terms of recoil: the fact that it looks like little tiny lipsticks is something which one does, eventually, get over.
Just one thing - since the ammopocalypse (i.e. the last two years), I think quality control has gone down wrt lots of different ammo. I had some other syntech (the purple one) that I was a little suspicious of (seemed inconsistent). I don't know if those problems effect these specific lines, it's just a data point.
I'd suspect the saw messed up the coating and core before I'd suspect that
the inner lead boolit was messed up like that.
Either they're dimples to encourage laminar flow (like on a golf ball),