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Q        Around 5 years ago I purchased some .308 WIN Match REMANUFACTURED ammunition loaded with fired cases. I’ve recently experienced a couple case failures, how is that possible?

 

A        This re-manufactured ammunition was loaded with great care on commercial machinery by professionals and hand inspected during the quality control and packaging process.  The recipe used was based on a trusted published recipe then samples were vetted safe at an independent 3rd party laboratory. Over 1,000 rounds were test fired and approved by our customer, and ordered in fired cases bulk packed 200 rounds per Plano brand plastic ammo can.   
Regular test firing was conducted from every batch before shipment to ensure safe and proper performance.  This product was loaded and delivered in 2012 and loaded in fired brass cases that at the time were on average 5-10 or more years old. This ammunition was loaded in fired cases and the Warning label provided by Atomic clearly states,
“WE DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE RELOADING OF ANY COMPONENT”.

 

All ammunition deteriorates over time, with the case as the common weakest link.  Atomic reloaded fired cases made and originally loaded by Federal and Lake City.  Case demineralization or deterioration may have occurred in the many years that this product has been stored out of Atomic’s control, or damage to the rim from a weakened, fired, older case may have resulted in case failure.  Case failure could also result from an excessively strong or sharp extractor, an improperly built new firearm, wear and tear of key parts in older firearms or custom work performed on a rifle which altered the firearm from factory specifications.  Military brass cases, although typically robust and commonly regarded for its positive attributes as reloadable, is designed with the primary role to be fired at the enemy and discarded on the battlefield, never to be reused.

 

Why is suppressor size and alignment so important?
Suppressor size and alignment is important to ensure that the bullet can properly and safely pass through the suppressor without contacting the suppressor or over pressuring the suppressor causing damage that may result in destruction of the suppressor and damage to the rifle and or risk of serious injury or death to the shooter and bystanders.  Never fire any ammunition through a suppressor that has a bullet which is equal to or larger in diameter than the inner diameter of the suppressor, generates more pressure than the suppressor is rated for and without verifying that the suppressor is properly aligned to allow the bullet to pass through it without striking the baffles or any part of the suppressor.  Improper alignment is the leading cause of baffle strikes and suppressor damage.

 

What is twist rate and why does it matter if I want to shoot ATOMIC 223 Subsonic?
Twist rate is how fast the bullet turns in the barrel of your firearm.  Most .223 Rem/5.56 NATO barrels have twist rates of 1 revolution or turn every 7 inches of travel to one revolution or turn every 9 inches of travel in the barrel.  Bullets that turn at a faster rate, a rotation in a shorter distance in the barrel, tend to be more stable as they exit the muzzle end of the firearm.  Slow moving bullets need faster twists to keep them stable in flight.  A stable bullet stays bullet tip forward longer than an unstable bullet, travels straighter and is more accurate than a less stable bullet.  Bullet stability and suppressor alignment are critical to protect against baffle strikes.  Follow ALL safety warnings on the box and ensure that you have adequate stability and a clear path for the bullet before shooting any ammunition through any suppressor or muzzle accessory.

 

Is ATOMIC 223 SUBSONIC safe to shoot through my rifle/suppressor?
MAYBE.  That depends on the firearm and the twist rate of the barrel to ensure adequate gyroscopic stability of the bullet after it leaves the muzzle, suppressor alignment and inner diameter of the suppressor.  Verify the twist rate of the barrel.  If the twist rate is slower than 1 in 9 inches, we do not recommend firing Atomic’s 223 Subsonic through your rifle.  As a rule, make sure that the suppressor is at least 0.025 inches in diameter larger than the diameter of the bullet(0.224”).  Then, WITHOUT A SUPPRESSOR, fire a group at 25 yards to ensure the bullets do not yaw or tumble in flight.  A bullet that travels straight for that distance should make round, circular holes in a thick paper or cardboard target.  Steel and other targets will not allow the shooter to judge if the bullet impacts the target tip forward consistently.  Then, install the suppressor on an EMPTY/UNLOADED firearm and check from the breach if possible or from the muzzle with a long cleaning rod to ensure that the full path of the bullet from the chamber all the way down the barrel, through the suppressor and any adaptor(s) and connections is completely straight and unimpeded until the bullet exits the suppressor.  With a proper twist rate, verified round holes in paper at 25 yards, a proper size and rated suppressor for .233/5.56 NATO use with your firearm and if the suppressor is aligned properly, you should be able to safely, accurately shoot and enjoy Atomic 223 Subsonic ammunition.

 

What is twist rate and why does it matter if I want to shoot 308 Subsonic?

Twist rate is how fast the bullet turns in the barrel of your firearm.  Most .308 Win/7.62 NATO barrels have twist rates of 1 revolution or turn every 10 inches of travel to one revolution or turn every 12 inches of travel in the barrel.  Bullets that turn at a faster rate, a rotation in a shorter distance in the barrel, tend to be more stable as they exit the muzzle end of the firearm.  Slow moving bullets need faster twists to keep them stable in flight.  A stable bullet stays bullet tip forward longer than an unstable bullet, travels straighter and is more accurate than a less stable bullet.  Bullet stability and suppressor alignment are critical to protect against baffle strikes.  Follow ALL safety warnings on the box and ensure that you have adequate stability and a clear path for the bullet before shooting any ammunition through a suppressor or muzzle accessory.

 

Is ATOMIC 308 SUBSONIC safe to shoot through my rifle/suppressor?

MAYBE.  That depends on the firearm and the twist rate of the barrel to ensure adequate gyroscopic stability of the bullet after it leaves the muzzle and alignment and inner diameter of the suppressor.  Verify the twist rate of the barrel.  If the twist rate is slower than 1 in 12 inches, we do not recommend firing Atomic’s .308 Subsonic through your rifle.  As a rule, make sure that the suppressor is at least 0.025 inches in diameter larger than the diameter of the bullet(0.308”).  Then, WITHOUT A SUPPRESSOR, fire a group at 25 yards to ensure the bullets do not yaw or tumble in flight.  A bullet that travels straight for that distance should make round, circular holes in a thick paper or cardboard target.  Steel and other targets will not allow the shooter to judge if the bullet impacts the target tip forward consistently.  Then, install the suppressor on an EMPTY/UNLOADED firearm and check from the breach if possible or from the muzzle with a long cleaning rod to ensure that the full path of the bullet from the chamber all the way down the barrel, through the suppressor and any adaptor(s) and connections is completely straight and unimpeded until the bullet exits the suppressor.  With a proper twist rate, verified round holes in paper at 25 yards, a proper size and rated suppressor for .308/7.62 NATO use with your firearm and if the suppressor is aligned properly, you should be able to safely, accurately shoot and enjoy Atomic 308 Subsonic ammunition.

 

I read on the 40S&W Reman warning label the following: “This ammunition is for use only in handguns with fully supported chambers.” Could you please explain what that means??
A chamber is the part of a firearm that holds the loaded cartridge when it is fired. A fully supported chamber completely surrounds the cartridge case, wrapping it with strong metal, typically steel. When the cartridge is fired, gun powder/propellant is sparked by a primer and burns rapidly into gas. That gas expands in every direction. The bullet, with an open and unobstructed barrel in front of it allows for the path of least resistance and the bullet is pushed out of the case, down the barrel and out from the firearm at the muzzle as the gas expands. If the chamber is not fully supported, the barrel is no longer the only path of least resistance and the internal force of the expanding gas from the burning gun powder will push that area of the case outward. With no chamber around it to support the case, the brass cartridge case can rupture, causing damage to the firearm and possible injury to the shooter. We warn shooters to only fire Atomic Ammunition in firearms with fully supported cases to protect against case rupture during firing. It is critical to safe firearms use that shooters always read both the warnings on the box of ammunition and the owners’ manuals for their firearms and obey all safety instructions. Failure to obey warnings could result in firearm damage, injury or even death.

Is your firearm ammunition safe for my pistol/revolver?
Like automobiles and other mechanical devices, firearms vary in quality, strength and condition.  Consult the manufacturer of your firearm to see if Atomic ammunition is safe to use in your gun.

Do you sell ammunition directly to the general public?
No. We do not compete with our valued resellers. Please view our Buy Now page for referrals to our valued resellers.

Will your .223 Subsonic or .308 Subsonic cycle my semi or fully automatic weapon?
Maybe.  Our subsonic rifle ammunition is not specifically designed to cycle semi or fully automatic weapons.


Will this ammunition cause wear and tear on my firearm?
Any ammunition will cause wear and tear on your firearm.  Atomic ammunition is powerful and will accelerate the wear on your gun.  We recommend replacing the recoil spring on pistols with increased power springs and checking all parts regularly.

Does Atomic Ammunition sell .308 Winchester ammunition?
Yes.

Is your ammunition Armor Piercing?
We do not and will not ever manufacture a firearm round designed to penetrate the soft body armor worn by the law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.  Most high powered rifle ammunition will penetrate soft body armor, even if it is not specifically designed to do so.

Are all of your products on your website?
No. Although we update our website regularly we sometimes have new products that are released before they are posted online, or are produced in limited amounts or one time runs and are not added to our website.

Do you use steel cases?
No. We manufacture 100% of our ammunition in the United States and we only load brass cases.

Is your firearm ammunition reloadable? 
Yes it is. We only use, reloadable cases with Boxer primers. Our plastic box is also fully reusable.
We disclaim all liability that may result from the reloading of any component.


Is your rifle ammunition reloadable?
Yes it is. Military brass is thicker than commercial brass and has less internal volume, so be sure to start with the minimum published load data and work up safely if desired.  We disclaim all liability that may result from the reloading of any component.

Do you make tracer ammunition?
No we do NOT make tracer or incendiary ammunition.

Is your ammunition reloaded?
All of our Defensive firearm ammunition is 100% NEW. Some of our target ammunition is reloaded. We no longer produce the remanufactured/reloaded version of our famous .308 Win Match. We manufacture reloaded target/range firearm ammunition in bulk for sale to shooting ranges and in 250 round Value Boxes in 9mm/115 grain TMJ, .380 Auto/100 grain TMJ, .40S&W/180 grain TMJ, 38 Special/148 grain wadcutters and 45 ACP Match/200 grain. SWC. The box will ALWAYS clearly state if a product has been loaded in NEW or Re-manufactured cases. Our reloaded target/range ammunition is NOT loaded to +P pressures. Our re-manufactured/reloaded ammunition should NEVER be carried for defensive purposes.

Is your ammunition corrosive?
NO, It is not corrosive.

Is your ammunition environmentally friendly?
One of our primary goals when we set out to manufacture our product was to not only provide the best possible ammunition to protect you and your family, but to protect the world that we live in as well.  Most of our firearm bullets are “Lead Safe”.  Those have a plating of pure copper bonded to them to reduce exposure to lead while handling and loading, shooting and cleaning your firearm.  It drastically reduces lead in the air of indoor ranges to protect your brain from lead exposure.  Our cases are Boxer primed and fully reloadable.  Even our plastic boxes are designed to be reused over and over and are made in part with recycled plastic!  Nothing that we make should find its way to a landfill.

Is Atomic Ammunition made in America? 
Yes it is and it always will be.  100% of our ammunition is made right here in the United States, even the boxes that they are shipped in are made the USA.

How is Atomic Ammunition tested?
We have spent thousands of hours creating our proprietary recipes and we have used three independent laboratories in the United States to aid in the safe development of our ammunition.

I chronographed your ammo.  Why were my velocities HIGHER/LOWER than the posted velocities?
There are an infinite number of variables that will result in a different velocity.  The accuracy of the chronograph, air temperature, altitude, barrel length, the list is endless.  Three new pistols of the same make and model will yield 3 different average velocities from the same box of ammunition.  To simplify things, all firearms will produce different results.  Your results with similar firearms to our commonly owned test guns should should produce results within 50 feet per second of those advertised.  No ammunition manufacturer can guarantee exact velocities from your particular gun unless they load custom ammunition specifically for that exact firearm.  Is your ammunition appropriate for CCW and/or home defense?
Yes, our high performance defensive firearm ammunition is designed for CCW and home defense applications. NEVER use remanufactured/reloaded ammunition for defensive purposes

What is your refund policy?
There are no refunds or exchanges on any ammunition

What are the terms and conditions of the purchase?
All sales are final

What is the shipping and delivery policy?
All deliveries are shipped as ORM-D Cartridges Small Arms with signature required by an adult 21 years or older. We will not ship ammunition to anyone under the age of 21. We cannot accept international orders for ammunition or components. We cannot ship to Post Office boxes or APO addresses.

Note: Ammunition cannot be shipped to any state which we cannot send merchandise by UPS ground service. Due to the hazardous nature of these items, they cannot be returned. Residents of Illinois, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia: Please check state laws prior to ordering ammunition.

Will I have to do anything else after I place my online order?
Yes, you will be required, as a new customer, to provide a Government issued photo ID proving you are 21 years of age or older. You will immediately receive an email requesting this proof of ID and an ammuniton purchase statement which must be signed.

What is the consumer data privacy policy?
All data received from any consumer contact is held strictly confidential and never shared in any way.


AMMO SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS:

  • We will not ship ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.
  • All persons must attest that they are 21 or older and are not prohibited by any Federal, State or local law from purchasing or possessing ammunition.
  • We cannot accept international orders for ammunition or components.
  • We cannot ship to Post Office boxes or APO addresses.
Note: Ammunition cannot be shipped to any state which we cannot send merchandise by UPS ground service. Due to the hazardous nature of these items, they cannot be returned.

Residents of Illinois, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia: Please check state laws prior to ordering ammunition.