Winchester “White Box” ammo (aka: WWB) sucks. Maybe it is just me, but I don’t think so. Reading some of the threads on some of the gun forums makes me think I’m not alone on this.
WWB is an inexpensive line of ammunition that tends to be popular because it is frequently cheaper than other factory ammo at WalMart and other stores. I’ve purchased a few of the WWB 100-round bulk packs of 9mm in the past, but no more.
The WWB 9mm load is a 115 grain FMJ bullet loaded to standard pressures. I’ve measured it from 1050-1125 fps (approximately) across a Chrony Beta chronograph. So it seems pretty normal.
The problem is it induces malfunctions in everything!
I’ve used different lots of the WWB 9mm, and the only pistol I can get it to run reliably in is a Glock 19. That’s it. The list of pistols that won’t reliably function with the WWB 9mm is pretty long, but includes the SIG Sauer P226, Springfield XD and Smith & Wesson M&P. (After yesterday’s trip to the range, add the Taurus 709.)
And by malfunction, I don’t mean the failure to go “bang” every hundred rounds or so. Nope. I mean every magazine has at least one malfunction (usually two or three per mag). Failures to extract, double feeds, stovepipes, solar flares and other weird happenings are a regular occurrence with WWB.
I can load any other ammo into the same guns, and will get 100% reliability with them. Yet, try to feed the WWB, and better call EMS, because those pistols immediately start choking!
No more Winchester white box ammo for me. I gave away the last of the WWB I had: goodbye and good riddance!
(Note: In general, I really like Winchester ammo. I keep Winchester Ranger 00-buck in the 870, and think the 127 grain +P+ 9mm Ranger round is fantastic. I just have learned to hate the WWB.)