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Desert Eagle Pistol ammunition testing results - IMI


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   IMI (Israeli Military Industry) ammunition is being imported in US under Samson name. If applicable the IMI production line name is added. e.g. Samson Ultra is IMI Ultra line ammunition.

   

.357 158 Gr. JHP

- A Very reliable, clean cartridge. In comparison to the others, especially Fiocchis (residue & fouling) it is the on of the best I've seen. However the recoil is significant. Muzzle flash is mild and this round is loud :) By recoil it is very similar to the Winchester SuperX   rounds, but IMI round is definitely louder ;) Very reliable feeding and good accuracy. These rounds have somewhat thicker rim, may be this is the reason, however I know the cases when thicker rim was a problem for .44 magnum desert Eagles.
   The best price I've seen on those was Cole Distribution, 200$ for case of 1000 rounds, that price included shipping and handling.

   

.357 158 Gr. JSP

- By all means this one should be very similar the cartridge described above. At least advertised ballistics, powder & other components are the same, so I'd expect very similar behavior when shooting, except terminal ballistics of course ;)

Specs:

 Caliber - .357; Bullet Weight - 158 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1230 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 530 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

   

.50 AE 350 Gr. FMJ

- No info.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 350 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1235 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1185 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

   

.50 AE 350 Gr. JHP

- No info.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 350 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1235 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1185 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

   

.50 AE 350 Gr. JSP

- oIn my gun they are very accurute. The recoil (seems) much less than the 300/325gr rounds. The recoil also is alot slower than with those rounds; it reminds me of shooting a VERY big .45. Even my friend, who just closeses his eyes and looks away whenever he touchs off a .50 round, said they were "nothing" to shoot. :) These are hard to find; I ordered mine direct from MRI, @ $22/box. Ouch. I'm hoping my dealer will be able to get them cheaper in quanity.
As far as fouling/residue, I only shot one box of 350's, and about six boxes of MRI 300's and Samson 300's, so??? Seems to me, that the .50 is a "clean" round overall - much, much more so than the .45 (my P14-.45 looks VERY dirty after only 2-3 clips through it). Samson rounds are dirtyer than MRI/Speers, though. Oh, and all MRI/Speer rounds are now using nickel-plated casings, but there seems to be a large supply of the older ones still floating around.
Feeding? Hmm, very good, when I did my part. With the slower recoil, I had a tendency to lighten my grip and let the gun "roll back" more, which does cause jams. They do seem to make the gun roll more, all of the others seem to come directly back. Maybe it's just me, though?

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 350 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1235 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1185 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

Robert Coon.

   

.50 AE 300 Gr. FMJ

- Never fired one, no info, should be very similar to his 300 Gr. JSP brother to shoot.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 300 Gr.; Muzzle Velocity - 1380 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1268 ft-lbs.; - View the graph

   

.50 AE 300 Gr. SJHP

- Fired 500 rounds. Provides reliable feeding, good for target shooting. It is the same to shoot as IMI 300 Gr. SJSP. MRI recommended. Very clean round. Recoil felt is milder than with CCI Gold Dot 325 Gr. althugh when .50 caliber round is hammering you it is not very easy to tell which one was easier to take ;) My impression is that this round kicks less.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 300 Gr.; For 6 &guot; barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1380 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1268 ft-lbs.; - View the graph, for 10 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1666 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1847 ft-lbs.; - View the graph.

   

.50 AE 300 Gr. SJSP

- Fired 420 rounds. Good for target shooting, provides reliable feeding. Muzzle flash is extreme, recoil and muzzle flip are reasonable for this caliber. Can't tell the difference with IMI 300 Gr. SJHP round. MRI recommended.

Specs:

 Caliber - .50; Bullet Weight - 300 Gr.; For 6 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1380 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1268 ft-lbs.; - View the graph, for 10 " barrel, Muzzle Velocity - 1669 fps.; Muzzle Energy - 1727 ft-lbs.; - View the graph.

PS. Don't know about its hunting qualities though. Looks impressive :) If you ever hunted with .50 AE would be very nice & interesting to hear your opinion about.

Special thanks goes to Robert Coon for providing data on 10 " barrels ;)))

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