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Confused about Federal Champion Ammo.

17147 Views 22 Replies 12 Participants Last post by  jtboss
Hello everyone.

I recently bought some Federal Champion Ammo. It's 40 S&W 180gr FMJ FN. I didn't realize until I bought it and got home that on the box it says "Do not use in firearms with ported barrels or ported recoil compensators". I have a G23C.

My confusion is that I bought the same ammo from wal-mart that does not have this warning. As far as I can tell, there is absolutely no difference between the ammo. The two boxes are exactly the same except for the warning.

Has anyone else ran into this problem before? Should I just sell the ammo with the warning label since I can't return them or should I try shooting them anyway?
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The warning is actually printed on the box.

(Thanks, glad to be here!)
Thanks guys for the welcome.

I think I will call Federal tomorrow and find out what the difference is. I have used the federal ammo I bought from wal-mart at the range without any problems. I would hate to have to take a loss on the other boxes I bought.
Unfortunately I was busy all day today and did not get a chance to call. I just sent them a question, however, from the "Ask Federal" section of their website. As soon as I get a response from them I will let you know what they said.
I got an email back from Federal today. This is their response:


The Champion loads have a thin copper wash on the bullet that may
possibly come apart in your firearm exiting through the ports and is the
reason for such warning on the packaging. Both boxes you posses contain
this same bullet design.

Thank you

So apparently they only put the warning on some of the boxes? Wierd. I used the ammo I bought from walmart without any issues so I'm going to use the other ammo as well. After that I will probably switch to the WWB.
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