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This is from a different thread, but is relevant.
Hope we get more "observations" from members and staff. ;D
Some of this is obvious, but I felt it necessary for those just learning the ropes to consider this.

Humans being somewhat lazy on gun maintenance( been there and do that at times), or expect " brand spanking new off the show room floor", are in for a bit of disappointment.

These guns are test fired at the factory and may be so more than once through this process. It happens. Oiling and lubing for shipment and long term storage just add to the "gunk" or dirty problem.

So a cleaning and lube prior to shooting is mandatory.

As for the the ammo being dirty. All of it is to a certain extent. Some more than others for various reasons.

All powders have varied burning rates. All powders burn faster or slower depending on their chemistry and physical make up. Also for what these powders were designed to do.

Slower burning powders go for long barreled guns in general or to give the pressure spike curve more time to peakand then die out. There are other reasons, but won't go into all the details

Faster burning powders normally go for short barreled guns. Or can.
Just to make matters worse there are powders with middle of the road burn rates as well.

There are a lot of vagaries and many factors as to how powders burn, are used in what ammo for what reasons, and perform in the field.

With the short barreled pistols, the various powders wind up burning outside the gun or do not completely burning up inside. No chance to convert to useable energy. Not enough room to do so.

Temperature, humidity, and other factors cause performance characteristic changes as well.
So know we take commercial ammo of the various brands and shoot them through all types of pistols with varying degrees of all the factors presented here so far.
These same ammos all have to fit and function through all the various pistols in known existence.

What to try to come up with that recipe folks?

All these powders, in all these types of ammo, for practice or general use, are not normally the fast burn rate kind. Personal defense ammo is normally geared toward fast rate powders that will burn efficiently in medium to long barreled guns.Some ammo is designed for shorty barrels, but there are still too short barrels to take into consideration

Take all these ammos and shoot them out through very stubby barrels just similar to a 2in. snubbie revolver, or less barrel length.

Pistols measure barrel length in such a way that the whole cartridge case takes up a good portion of that "barrel length". This means a 3 in. barreled pistol may actually have only a 2in. or less true length for the bullet to travel before it leaves the gun.

With all the at has been described above, is it any wonder that people think that their ammo has the dirtiest grit,grime, and baked on gunk when shot out of these short barreled weapons?

Granted, the ammo makers are going to use a general use powder for there ammo to cut costs, but fit and function are still at the heart of the whole thing.
Ammo makers have to come up with an economical way to have that fit and function work through a multitude of weapons. And.... do it profitly. That's why they're is the business.
Yes, there are cheap powders, but that again does not mean poor quality as many will think.
Cheap and crappy gets one's profits and business taking away by others in a cut throat market.

So if we have to all apply some "elbow grease" and labor to cleaning the gun, so be it.

Most ammo makers do try to have very efficient burning powders. It's in their best interests to do so with the picky crowd of shooters out there who demand performance.
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