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I got a new Remington R1 pistol yesterday, and on my way home, I stopped and picked up a box of Federal 230gr. FMJ ammo from walmart. The guy in sporting goods said it was pretty good stuff. I think I may have run some thru my Sig .40 at one point, I don't remember it being anything noteworthy either way. But I got home, and opened the box, and began loading my mags. The first thing I noticed was the bullets had small dents. I don't remember ever seeing FMJ bullets that haven't been fired looking like that. I am skeptical at this point. I went out, and shot some shots. I found a bullet in the backstop that was torn up pretty bad. The backside of the bullet was still intact, but it was also covered in copper. Ok, I'm thinkin these bullets are not FMJ but just plated. That would explain the little dents and such. The next thing I noticed was how the cases were primed. Small pistol primers. I've never reloaded for .45 acp but I sort of remember .45 having large pistol primers. What would be the motivation for using a small pistol primer? cost? I do plan on reloading for .45, would these cases even be worth keeping for that purpose?