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Winchester White Box 9mm Ammo Review – Factory Load Test

Winchester White Box 9mm Ammunition Cartridges
Winchester Target White Box 9mm FMJ RN Ammo Box

Winchester Target White Box 9mm FMJ RN Ammo Box

About the Winchester White Box 9mm Ammunition

The Winchester Target 9mm Ammo, also known as Winchester White Box 9mm ammo, is a popular and fairly economical choice for target practice in 9mm Parabellum. The 115 grain variation of this 9mm ammunition, which is what we are testing in this article, can be found at most retailers where firearms are sold and can be had anywhere from $10-22 USD depending on where it is purchased. Winchester is an old American company and with that comes lots of history, a wide selection of firearms spanning centuries, and a good selection of ammunition, reloading components, and firearms accessories. In their lineup of products, Winchester offers products from the expensive and well made down to the cheap and highly economical. The Winchester White Box 9mm ammo falls into the lower end of that spectrum and serves as a mostly economical solution for those that would like to practice their handgun skills more frequently on a budget, but would still like the reassurance of a brand name American company manufacturing their ammunition.

Winchester White Box 9mm Cartridges

Winchester White Box 115 grain 9mm Cartridges


Quality Control and Factory Tolerances

There has been much discussion in the past regarding factory loaded ammunition and quality control issues. Many of the large ammunition manufacturers produce their low end target ammo using automated machines, causing debate over exactly what the tolerances really hold up to and how much variance there is from one cartridge to the next. The general consensus is that factory line assemblies do not produce the same quality or employ the same close tolerances as ammunition that is loaded by hand. For the most part, this generally seems to be true. In the case of the Winchester 9mm White Box Target ammo, i found this to be particularly true.

Winchester White Box 9mm 115gr Round Nose PackagingTo test the Winchester White Box 9mm ammo I first select 5 samples from the 50 round box, disassemble the components and take measurements in terms of both physical sizes as well as weight in grains. More details about my process and the equipment used for testing the Winchester 9mm White Box Ammo are at the bottom of this page.

The 5 samples from the 9mm Winchester White Box ammunition were first weighed and measured in their factory loaded state to record overall variances. The individual 9mm cartridges are then disassembled, and set aside to be measured and weighed. I have recorded the outcome of these measurements below as well as photographs of each cartridge and its components throughout the disassembling process.


Quality and Tolerance Notes

Manufacturers Ballistics Table

Winchester 9mm 115gr Ballistics Table

Winchester 9mm 115gr Ballistics Table

To the left I have included the label from the Winchester 9mm White Box Ammunition Factory Packaging. Many manufacturers printed data on the box, some do not. In this case, Winchester has supplied us with a little data to work off of, noting 5 yard Velocities of 1190 fps and energies of  353 ft-lbs out of the barrel. I used this data to position myself at the correct distance of 15 feet form the Chronograph for testing and marked my position so that I could return to it after each reloading for each test group. All numbers noted below are taken from the 5 yard / 15 foot line.

Overall Length & Appearance

The first thing I noticed about the brass upon removing it from its factory packaging, is its overall appearance and cleanliness. It is not uncommon for cheap factory loaded ammunition to be dirty and dull in appearance, and there is no exception with the Winchester 9mm White Box ammunition. The brass, much like many other factory loaded targets ammunition’s in this price point and usage model, was dull and dirty, containing mild amounts of machining grease and what appeared to be graphite or other powder/soft dusty material covering the outside of the case including the primers. This is pretty normal for ammunition like this and I wouldn’t expect more given this ammo comes at a low cost. I would probably chalk it up to a dirty assembly process or possibly it could be graphite dust from the powder charge. These factory pump out millions of rounds, so its to be expected.

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Winchester White Box 9mm 115gr Ammunition

Winchester White Box 9mm 115gr Ammunition

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Winchester Test Sample 9mm Profile

Winchester Test Sample 9mm Profile

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Overall Length varied by as much as .10″, with the longest cartridge coming in at 1.165″ and the shortest being 1.1625. Within the 5 samples used, the load factory cartridge’s weighed in at an average of 184.12 grains, with the lowest coming in at 184.6 grains and the highest being 185.5 grains, giving a total spread of 0.9 grains in difference from lightest to heaviest. Overall, this is pretty good and can most likely be chalked up to a slight variance in the weight of the projectile or brass tolerances, although I did find a slight tolerance issue with the powder charges which I noted below.

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Winchester White Box 9mm Cartridge  - Sample 01

Winchester White Box 9mm Ammo – Sample 01

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Winchester White Box 9mm Cartridge  - Sample 02

Winchester White Box 9mm Ammo – Sample 02

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Winchester White Box 9mm Cartridge  - Sample 03

Winchester White Box 9mm Ammo – Sample 03

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Winchester White Box 9mm Cartridge  - Sample 04

Winchester White Box 9mm Ammo – Sample 04

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Winchester White Box 9mm Cartridge  - Sample 05

Winchester White Box 9mm Ammo – Sample 05

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Brass Casing

Winchester White Box 9mm Ammunition Headstamp

WMA 15 Milspec – Winchester White Box 9mm Ammunition Headstamp.

The brass itself, as noted above, was not the cleanest or the shiniest, but this is to again be expected. I did notice some issues with tolerances and machining overall with the brass, but nothing extreme. Case necks were deburred and fairly smooth around the edges.

Flipping the cartridge over, I noticed there was some variance in the appearance of the flash hole, some of them looking a little jagged and crudely manufactured, which can be seen in the sample image to the right. Notice the WMA 15 headstamp of the cartridge with the Nato Symbol, indicating this is Mil Spec brass. Because this is Mil Spec, there is a slight primer crimp, which is noticeable in the image to the left, and appears a little uneven. There is more information about this at the bottom of the page. Generally speaking however, I have never had any problem using this Winchester Brass to reload my own target loads. At times, I have had to ream the primer pocket once, but they have performed for the most part flawlessly once they are cleaned properly and resized.

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Winchester White Box 9mm Brass Casings Sample 05

01. Winchester Brass Case: 61.2 gr

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Winchester White Box 9mm Brass Casings Sample 04

02. Winchester Brass Case 61.5 gr

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Winchester White Box 9mm Brass Casings Sample 03

03. Winchester Brass Case: 62.0 gr

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Winchester White Box 9mm Brass Casings Sample 02

04. Winchester Brass Case: 61.6 gr

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Winchester White Box 9mm Brass Casings Sample 01

05. Winchester Brass Case: 61.0 gr

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[em]Average Overall Length: 1.169″[/em]

[em]Average Loaded Cartridge Weight: 185.12 grains[/em]

Of the 5 samples taken, the weights varied from the low end of 61.0 grains up to 62.5 grains on the high end, which is fairly nominal. I did notice some sloppy manufacturing around some of the primer pockets and flash holes in the brass as noted above, with pronounced burring and rough edges, especially around the flash hole of some cartridges. I’ve never used the fresh Winchester Reloading brass for my own loads, just the once fired stuff, but I have talked to several folks who were less than thrilled with the quality of the brass out of the factory, particularly the rifle brass. I’ve had reports of sloppy tolerances, dirty and dull cartridges, incorrectly sized primer pockets, and rough machining around the case neck that required extensive case prep for the first load. While this may be true for certain other brands, some of the more premium reloading brass such as Nosler comes prepped, cleaned, sized, deburred, and ready to load. Of course, you pay a premium for such quality brass, but it can be worth it when loading precision rounds or any large quantity.

Primer

Winchester White Box 9mm Primers

Sample Group

Winchester White Box 9mm Primer Closeup

Winchester Primer

The primers are standard Small Pistol Primers, with a brass color appearance matching the case. Because of the color and the fact that it is Winchester Ammunition, it can only be assumed that they are Winchester 1-1/2″ WSP Small Pistols Primers. Without published data, this is of course impossible to state for sure, but it would make sense that Winchester would use its own primers in its products.

Projectile

winchester_white_box_9mm_bullet_sample_profileThe 9mm FMJ projectile, in terms of appearance, does not deviate from my previous statements about the cleanliness and appearance of the brass casings. Again, they were dull in appearance, although the copper jackets were not nearly as dirty as the brass. I don’t know that the shine of the projectile is of high importance, but I assume the cleanliness would be of slight concern.

The copper jacket was not highly polished like you find in some FMJ rounds and I am unsure how this would affect function of the cartridge. With most metals however, usually less shine means a rougher surface, even at the microscopic level, which could translate into very nominal performance issues. Most likely though, this would entirely unnoticed. If there were any negative impacts from surface level abrasions or dirt, I would think they would be very nominal. Given people shoot lead cast bullets from guns all the time with reports of decent accuracy, I cant imagine the dull surface texture counts negatively for more than anything than appearance, and as much as we all like a super polished copper jacket, this ain’t exactly a beauty contest.

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Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet Sample 01

Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet- 114.5 gr

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Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet Sample 02

Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet – 114.6 gr

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Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet Sample 03

Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet – 114.7 gr

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Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet Sample 04

Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet – 114.7 gr

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Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet Sample 05

Winchester 9mm 115gr Bullet- 115.1 gr

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[em]Average Bullet Weight: 114.8 gr[/em]

winchester_white_box_9mm_bullet_sample_closeupThe construction of the projectile is a copper full metal jacket over an exposed lead core. The base is cup shaped and as I said, exposed at the bottom. This is not to be confused with a TMJ or Total Metal Jacket which has a copper jacket that covers the entire lead core with no exposed lead and generally has a flat base as compared to the cup shaped base seen here.

The weight of the projectiles varied only slightly by 0.6 grains, 114.5 grains being the lightest and 115.1 grains being the heaviest of the 5 samples.


The Powder Charge

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Caution!

Caution!

The information contained on this page, and particularly pertaining to powder charges for the Winchester White Box 9mm ammo, in no way signifies Bullet-Blog’s use or acknowledgement of any known factory load information for this cartridge. In no way are we suggesting load data or suggesting any person at any time for any reason should use this information as to determine the type of powder used in loading this cartridge for the purposes of duplicating this load or reloading their own cartridges. Bullet-Blog accepts to responsibility for how you use the information provided here.

The information provided here is informational only, NEVER USE THIS INFORMATION AS A DATA SOURCE TO RELOAD AMMUNITION. For factory information on this cartridge, please defer to the manufacturer at all times with any and all inquiries.

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Winchester White Box 9mm Powder Sample

Winchester White Box 9mm Powder Sample

Winchester Powder Sample Closeup

Winchester Powder Sample Closeup

The powder used in the Winchester 9mm White Box ammunition is of a small disc/flake shape with relatively small individual pieces, much resembling Winchester WSF or W231 Powder. (READ ABOVE DISCLAIMER).

Powder Charges varied by as much as 0.8 grains, which seemed a relatively large gap in charge but would help to explain some of the numbers I got through the chronograph below. The largest charge in the group weighed in at 5.6gr with the lowest being 4.8gr. This was evident in the somewhat sporadic velocities I received amongst the 4 tests groups.

I didn’t notice anything unusual about the powder such as clumping or a wet appearance, as I have seen in several other factory loads in the past. Despite this, the large tolerances for charges here were a little disappointing, but it comes with the territory.

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Winchester Powder Sample 01

Winchester Powder Sample – 5.6 gr

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Winchester Powder Sample 02

Winchester Powder Sample – 5.5 gr

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Winchester Powder Sample 03

Winchester Powder Sample – 5.1 gr

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Winchester Powder Sample 04

Winchester Powder Sample – 4.8 gr

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Winchester Powder Sample 05

Winchester Powder Sample – 5.4 gr

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[em]Average Powder Charge: 5.2 gr[/em]


Winchester 9mm White Box 115 grain Test Results

Winchester White Box 9mm Test Results

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[column size=’3/4′]The following information is the result of testing 4 separate groups of 9 shots each. Data is provided here for each individual shot as well as group averages, standard deviation, and energy at 5 yards. The total figures and averages for all 4 test groups of the Winchester White Box 9mm ammo are listed below with my rating and final score.

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Winchester 9mm White Box 115gr Round Nose Ammo Label

Winchester 9mm White Box 115gr Round Nose Ammo Label

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Test Details

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[list_item icon=””]Wind Speed (Av): 7.7 mph[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Temp: 42.5º F[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Wind Chill(Av): 40.5º F[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Sky: Mostly Sunny / Slight Overcast[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Date: February 28th, 2015[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Location: SW Washington[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Start: 7:14 AM[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Stop: 7:42 AM[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Elevation: 1952 ft[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Firearm: Ruger SR9[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Barrel: 4.14″[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Twist: 1:10″ (254 mm)[/list_item]

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[column size=’1/2′]Groups Tested: 4[/column]

[column size=’1/2′]Group Size: 9 Rounds[/column]

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Test Group #1

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[column size=’1/4′]Velocity[/column]

[column size=’1/4′]Energy (5 yards)[/column]

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[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 1[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 2[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 3[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 4[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 5[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 6[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 7[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 8[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 9[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]1147 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1146 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1141 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1142 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1175 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1135 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1130 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1097 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1113 fps[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]336 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]335 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]332 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]333 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]353 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]329 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]326 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]307 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]316 ft-lbs[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]Hard Primer[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]High: 1175[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Low: 1097[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Average: 1136[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Extreme Spread: 78[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Standard Deviation: 22[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Energy (5 yards): 330 ft-lbs[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Failures to Feed: 0[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Failures to Eject: 0[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Hard Primer/No Fire: 1[/list_item]

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Test Group #2

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[column size=’1/4′]Shot Number[/column]

[column size=’1/4′]Velocity[/column]

[column size=’1/4′]Energy (5 yards)[/column]

[column size=’1/4′]Details[/column]

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[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 1[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 2[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 3[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 4[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 5[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 6[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 7[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 8[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 9[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]1130 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1138 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1118 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1162 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1153 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1139 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1119 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1116 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1117 fps[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]326 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]331 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]319 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]345 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]340 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]331 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]320 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]318 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]319 ft-lbs[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]High: 1162[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Low: 1116[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Average: 1132[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Extreme Spread: 46[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Standard Deviation: 16[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Energy (5 yards): 328 ft-lbs[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Failures to Feed: 0[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Failures to Eject: 0[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Hard Primer/No Fire: 0[/list_item]

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Test Group #3

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[column size=’1/5′]Shot Number[/column]

[column size=’1/5′]Velocity[/column]

[column size=’1/5′]Energy (5 yards)[/column]

[column size=’1/5′]Details[/column]

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[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 1[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 2[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 3[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 4[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 5[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 6[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 7[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 8[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 9[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]1137 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1127 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1143 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1169 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1108 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1149 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1144 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1100 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1101 fps[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]330 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]324 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]334 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]349 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]314 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]337 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]334 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]309 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]310 ft-lbs.[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]Failure to Eject[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-info“]N/A[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]High: 1169[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Low: 1100[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Average: 1130[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Extreme Spread: 69[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Standard Deviation: 23[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Energy (5 yards): 327 ft-lbs[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Failures to Feed: 0[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Failures to Eject: 1[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Hard Primer/No Fire: 0[/list_item]

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Test Group #4

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[column size=’1/5′]Velocity[/column]

[column size=’1/5′]Energy (5 yards)[/column]

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[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 1[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 2[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 3[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 4[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 5[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 6[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 7[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 8[/list_item]

[list_item icon=”icon-iconic-target“]Shot 9[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]1127 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1136 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1092 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1128 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1096 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1147 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1158 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1159 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]1089 fps[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]324 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]330 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]305 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]325 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]307 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]336 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]342 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]343 ft-lbs[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]303 ft-lbs[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]N/A[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]High: 1159[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Low: 1089[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Average: 1125[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Extreme Spread: 70[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Standard Deviation: 27[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Energy (5 yards): 324 ft-lbs[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Failures to Feed: 0[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Failures to Eject: 0[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Hard Primer/No Fire: 0[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Total Shots Fired: 36[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Average Energy: 1131 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Errors: 2[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]High: 1131 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Low: 1131 fps[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Average Velocity: 1131 fps[/list_item]

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[list_item icon=””]Average ES: 65.75[/list_item]

[list_item icon=””]Average SD: 22[/list_item]

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Post Firing Notes

WMA 15 NATO Winchester Fire Brass

As you can see, there were a few hiccups with this Winchester White Box 9mm ammunition, having a single failure to eject as well as a hard primer/no fire. The round that did not fire (pictured above) was reloaded and DID fire the second time around. Looking at the spent cases, they are clearly dirty and left quite a bit of residue in the flash hole and primer pocket. These rounds fall dead center of most 9mm target loads in terms of velocity, so I would have hoped the cases would have been a little cleaner, as they are not the lightest loads in terms of velocity.

Winchester Small Pistol Primer Fired - Inside Winchester Small Pistol Primer Fired - Outside StrikedLooking at the primers of the Winchester White Box 9mm ammo, the unburnt powder or residue is a little more distinct, and even more so inside the flash hole. The primers from the Winchester White Box 9mm round looked a little dirtier than what I’ve seen in the past from brands such as CCI, and the indentations from the striker seem a little deep on these as well, where you can almost see some rippling effect on the primer, although that could just mean they are a softer material and doesn’t necessarily indicate over pressure signs. For the most part, what you see on these cases is really pretty standard, and nothing out of the ordinary as this load seems to fall right in the middle of where a 9mm plinking round should and I can’t imagine it pushing any pressure levels.

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Winchester 9mm White Box Ammo Hard Primer

Winchester 9mm White Box Ammo Hard Primer

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Winchester White Box Failure to Eject

Winchester White Box Failure to Eject

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Winchester WMA Headstamp Fired

Winchester WMA Headstamp Fired

If you didn’t notice in the headstamp photo at the top of the page, the Winchester White Box 9mm ammo is marked as WMA 15 and contains the NATO symbol, which is stamped on all NATO brass. Military brass generally is marked with the Manufacturer as well as the Year of Manufacture, in this case indicating 2015 as the year the cartridges were manufactured. These cartridges can be found in variations of WMA 12, WMA 13, WMA 14, and WMA 15 as of the time of writing, as this headstamp was first used back in 2012 and was most likely manufactured at the Olin Corporation Winchester Plant in Oxford, MS. From what I understand, it is a bit of a crapshoot when it comes to Winchester and you may find several different headstamps when buying the White Box 9mm 115gr or 124gr loads which is basically Winchester using up available resources to keep the supply chain moving. I would assume this holds true with other popular cartridges like the .45 ACP and .40 S&W, and outside of the WMA Headstamp, you may see WRA, WCC, or WIN which is the standard Winchester stamp for commercial cartridges.

Winchester 9mm White Box Primer Pocket - Once Fire

As I noted before, if you look around the primer pockets you;ll notice that these cartridges have primer crimps due to them being Military Spec, which look fairly standard, although some of the crimping was a bit sloppy, indicating more loose tolerances in the manufacturing. To be fair to Winchester, I have seen this in other Mil Spec cases in several brands but am not quite sure why a certain percentage of cases end up with this off center punch mark on them (See the Left and Right Examples of the 3 cases above).

Supplemental Information

Velocity Testing

To test the velocities and various data points of the Winchester White Box 9mm Ammo, 4 groups are fired through a Chronograph with 9 shots in each group. After the completion of each 9 shot test group, the cartridges are documented for Individual Velocities, High & Low Velocities, Average Velocity, Extreme Spread, Energy at 5 yards, and Standard Deviation of each round fired. The remaining 9 cartridges from the factory ammo box are kept in standby for use in case of a Failure to Feed or Failure to Eject.

Ammunition Cost

At the time of purchase, the Winchester 9mm White Box came at a cost of $14.57 locally making the price per loaded cartridge $0.29. The average price, taken from 5 industry leading retailers came out to $16.53* ($0.33 per round) at the time of writing, the lowest price found was $13.21 ($0.26 per round) and the highest was $21.99 ($0.439 per round).

I priced several other 9mm 115 gr FMJ Round Nose 50 round boxes before testing this ammo, these are the common prices I came up with at the time.

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  • $0.29/Rnd

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  • $0.295/Rnd

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[pricing_item title=’Remington UMC’ price=’13.99′ currency=’$’ per=’/50 Round Box.’ button=” link=” featured=’true’]

  • $0.279/Rnd

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*Prices are accurate as of the time of publication and do not reflect current market prices.

Test Firearm

For testing the Winchester White Box 9mm Ammunition, the Ruger SR9 was used for all 4 test groups, with a 4.14″ Barrel and 10″ Barrel Twist Rate.

Two days prior to testing, the firearm is taken down and thoroughly cleaned for best results. The barrel, spring, striker, and other components are removed, sprayed and swabbed with cleaner for fouling, lightly oiled, and reassembled for the best performance possible.

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8 Comments

    • I suppose its entirely possible… I’ve shot a few more boxes of these and have not had the same problem. Perhaps that one box was a little off?

  1. I was interested to read this, since I have several of the white boxes sitting in my bedroom. Lots of great information, with extreme detail. It’s so nice when someone else does the work for me, and I can simply log in here & read the results.

  2. Winchester ammo is one of the best ammos I have found. Its a little more expensive then some but you get what you pay for I always say. I have a smith and Wesson M&P 9MM and love shooting these out of it!

  3. Be very honest these bullets look incredibly interesting I definitely would love to have a box of these. I think what interests me the most about firearms is the ammunition in the first place is the most beautiful piece of equipment ever created its simply has a allure to it.

    • I think I geek out just pulling things apart and testing them more than anything! Ammunition is definitely a bit of a fascination at times :)

  4. So what other handguns do you think would yield better results with the Winchester white box 9mm rounds? I saw the pic with the Ruger SR9 gun with the failed empty case is that one your favorite handgun?

    • It is yes, and one of my favorites for its reliability. In fact, other than those failures I’ve only had one other failure to feed that I can remember and that was from a handload that I incorrectly sized and was my fault (my early days of reloading). I would highly recommend the SR9 if you are in the market for a 9mm, and honestly the behavior of the Winchester White Box Ammo was a little strange, I’ve never really had a problem with it prior to this box. Could just coincidence, could be faulty manufacturing. That’s what you get with cheap factory loads.

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