Avoid "Ranger Bonded 9mm 124gr +P (RA9BA)" from www.sgammo.com
Recently bought 100 rounds of "Ranger Bonded 9mm 124gr+P JHP" from SGAmmo.com
When it arrived to my house, I was dismayed that it was December 2006 production ammo, which is really crappy stuff. There's almost no HP cavity to speak of. Winchester realized this issue, and corrected the bullet design to have a deeper HP cavity as of late 2008/early 2009. Needless to say, I was expecting this 2008/2009 reliable ammo, not the unreliable, 5-year-old stuff that I received. The HP cavity is so shallow, it almost makes the bullet a FMJ (images attached).
Not only had the ammo thus sat around for 5 years and have a major design flaw, when it arrived, the brass jackets on almost all the rounds were dirty and tarnished with a black, thick residue.
Normally,SGAmmo.com is a very good company. I have purchased Ranger T-series and Gold Dots from them, all of which have been in new, excellent (and current production) condition. I have contacted him about returning the ammo, but until I hear back AVOID the RA9BA he is selling. It is junk, and should have been marked "ZRA9BA" with the "Z" designating "out of date/seconds" ammo.
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Tarnishing around case (not sure how well camera picked it up)
More tarnishing, big black smudge. Not sure camera got it?
Side angle of shallow, almost non-existent HP cavity
Top-down shot of four random rounds, all showing differing serration, HP depths, and just general lack of HP cavity
Just a warning for you guys!!!!