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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Magtech sell ammunition directly to the public?
A: Magtech sells in large quantities directly to its wholesale distributors and dealers, and does not sell mainline products directly to customers. Magtech products are available from independent dealers and regional chain stores around the U.S. and you can also find Magtech products at mail order and internet sites. If your dealer does not have the Magtech item that you are looking for, please ask them to order this for you as it should only take a few days to get Magtech products from our large selection of Magtech wholesalers and distributors located throughout the United States. As a courtesy for those customers who live in rural areas without easy gun-shop access, we have a dealer locator service in our “Where to Buy” section or you can call us at 1-800-466-7191 to get the 800 numbers for several of our national mail order outlets.

Q: I'm having trouble finding a dealer for Magtech products.
A: Go to the "Dealer Locator" link of this web site; it will point you to dealers in your area that handle our products. There are also online dealers that handle Magtech products. Contact us if you have any problems locating a Magtech dealer.

Q: Isn't mail order and Wal-Mart cheaper than buying from a dealer?
A: Initially, the price of ammunition may be cheaper than at your local gun shop. This is because mail order and mass merchants typically do not offer as much service or set up advice. If you're just getting started in this hobby, you need the experience and advice of the local shop to help you purchase the right firearm and ammunition for your needs and budget. Also the shop owner will help you get everything set up, and make sure that you have all the accessories you need to shoot. It's definitely worth the very small extra cost to have a relationship with a helpful shop owner, especially if you are purchasing for the first time.

Q: What is your advice on long term storage of ammunition?
A: Heat and humidity are the real enemy of stored ammunition. Ammunition should ideally be stored in a cool, dry controlled environment where there are no unusual variations in temperature and humidity. Cold has no adverse effects on ammunition, however, extreme high temperatures, such as those found in the trunk of a car, a storage shed or an attic should be avoided for long term storage. We also recommend that you store the ammunition in it's original carton to aid you in identifying the ammunition at a later date. If you desire to store a larger quantity of ammunition you may wish to invest in good quality ammunition cans. The number one enemy is moisture so it may be wise to add moisture absorbing desiccant packs and put them in the container with the ammo. Keep the container off of concrete floors and it is best to store on a shelf between the floor and ceiling for the most controlled temperatures and humidity levels. Before you store it make sure its clean, dry. Always wipe your fingerprints off the cartridges as the acids, salts and other chemicals contained in fingerprints can cause corrosion which could affect the reliability of the cartridge. Cartridges should not be submerged in water or exposed to any solvents, petroleum products (including gun oil), bore cleaner ammonia or other chemicals. These materials can penetrate a cartridge and cause the primer or powder to deteriorate. Properly stored ammunition will last for many decades. Finally, we recommend that you change out the ammunition in your defensive handgun every two to three months with fresh rounds. Take advantage by using these defense rounds to practice your proficiency at the range, as sometimes they impact differently than your traditional practice rounds, such as FMJ projectiles.

Q: Are Magtech cases reloadable?
A: Yes, all Magtech loaded ammunition and component cases are factory fresh, virgin brass cases and are fully reloadable by those familiar with the science and art of reloading.

Q: Does Magtech manufacture subsonic ammunition?
A: Yes. Subsonic ammunition is limited to velocities below the speed of sound. A very common question we receive is how fast is the speed of sound. The speed of sound, also known as Mach 1, changes throughout the atmosphere based on the temperature at any given altitude. Probably the most important value to remember, however, is the speed of sound at sea level. Based on the standard atmospheric model, this value has been defined to be

  • 1,116.4 ft/s
  • 340.3 m/s
  • 761.2 mph
  • 1,225.1 km/h
  • 661.5 knots

Bullets that move through the transonic range to go supersonic (exceeding the speed of sound) create much more noise in flight due to a shock wave created by supersonic flight through air.

Q: Are Magtech primers corrosive?
A: Absolutely not. All Magtech commercial primers are non-mercuric and non-corrosive. Magtech Clean-Range primers are lead and heavy metal free.

Q: What's the difference between a "standard" primer and a "magnum" primer?
A: A magnum primer provides a longer flame duration, a higher flame temperature, or both. Use magnum primers only where recommended in published load data. Substituting a magnum primer for a standard one without a charge adjustment will nearly always increase pressures. They are a plus when you are shooting in temperatures below 20 degrees F.

Q: Does Magtech seal their cartridges?
All Magtech pistol & revolver ammunition cartridges are sealed at the primer/pocket junction.  In addition, the Magtech CleanRange cartridges and the 223A and 308A are sealed at the primer/pocket and the bullet/mouth junctions.

Q: Does Magtech have any reloading data for the brass shotshells?
A: For details on loading Magtech’s Brass Shotshells go to Locate the menu on the left side of the screen and click on Wad Sizing Chart to find all the internal products used in reloading Magtech Brass Shotshells. You can also click on Loading a BP Cartridge to find detailed loading tips.

Q: What primer pocket is used in Magtech’s Brass Shotshell product line?
A: All of the Magtech Brass Shotshells use a Large Pistol Primer for reloading.

Q: What primer pocket is used in Magtech’s 500 S&W ammunition?
A: All of the Magtech loaded 500 S&W cartridges utilize a Large Rifle Primer.

Q: Magtech makes many Brass Shotshell gauges, are there plans to produce the 10 gauge?
A: As of January 2006, Magtech makes the 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, and 36 (410) in unprimed brass shotshells. We do have plans to make the 10 gauge; however, the release date has not been announced.

Q: Do you accept applications for shooting sponsorship?
A: Magtech is very much interested in competitive shooting and we are making efforts to promote competition that is fast, fun, and above all, inexpensive. Our ammunition and reloading products are designed to remove the "dollar factor" from shooting. We want to encourage first time shooters to compete as this is a great way to learn about safety and proficiency with a firearm. Check out the “Team Magtech” section to find out more about competitive shooting programs.