Barnaul Cartridge Plant has announced that the steel-cased 300 Blackout ammunition which they first introduced at the end of the past year, has now arrived at stateside and is available for purchase. Currently, depending on the quantity you buy (20 or 500 rounds) this ammo will cost you from $0.41 to $0.43 per round (Brownells prices). That is $8.59 per box of 20, or $205.99 for a 500-round carton.
Barnaul steel-cased 300 Blackout ammunition is loaded with 145-grain full metal jacketed bullets with bimetal (magnetic) jackets. The bullet has a G1 ballistic coefficient of 0.366. The advertised muzzle velocity is 1,985 fps and the muzzle energy is 1,268 ft-lb. The cartridges are loaded to an overall length of 2.15″ and the overall cartridge weight is 239 grains. The steel cases are polymer coated. The company recommends using dedicated .300 Blackout magazines for optimum performance.
While 300 Blackout ammo loaded with 145 gr FMJ supersonic bullets can be a great training and plinking option, you are probably asking why haven’t they loaded heavier bullets to subsonic velocities because probably the best thing about the .300 Blackout is that it is a perfect cartridge to use with heavy 220-230 grain pills traveling at subsonic velocities and used in a suppressed weapon. Well, they do plan to also offer subsonic loads in the future. As mentioned on the company’s website: “Barnaul .300BLK subsonic cartridges will be available soon!“. We’ll make sure to report the availability of the subsonic steel-cased rounds as soon as they hit the shelves of US stores. Stay tuned!
For those of you who are 300 Blackout aficionados, let us know in the comments section what do you think about this new ammunition. Obviously, the steel-cased ammo is supposed to be a cheap option especially useful for those who shoot a lot and don’t reload their ammunition. That being said, do you find the price low enough compared to the cheapest brass-cased offerings available on the market?
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