Aguila ammunition is perhaps best known in the US for their unique and useful line of super-quiet 22 LR rimfire ammo, including the stealthy Super Colibri and the 22 SSS Sniper Sub Sonic. However, you may not know that they make a full line of high quality centerfire ammunition for pistols and rifles that is perfect for keeping you at the range training instead of saving up to buy more expensive ammo.
Unlike a lot of other ammunition at the competitively priced end of the spectrum, Aguila is brass cased, doesn't have bimetal jackets, and is made in North America – at a factory in Mexico originally set up by Remington and which produces one billion cartridges annually. It's good stuff, plain and simple.
One of their most innovative products is the Aguila 12-gauge minishell. Instead of the usual 2 ¾" or 3" shotgun shell, this is a 1 ¾" shell which allows you to load far more ammunition in your pump shotgun tube than normal. It's not weak stuff, though – the slugs are 7/8 ounce and moving at 1250fps, which compares very favorably with many standard size shotgun slugs, while delivering far less recoil to your shoulder. For comparison purposes, 7/8 ounce is about 380 grains, so at 1250fps this load is not far behind the standard .45 / 70 Government load of a 405 grain bullet at 1330 feet per second. Unlike 45/70 Govt in a lever action, though, you'll be able to stack as many as a dozen of these in a full-size pump shotgun magazine tube. That's serious firepower. If slugs aren't your style, they offer buckshot in a mix of #4 and #1 Buck – a very lethal combo – and if you just want to practice shotgun shooting all day without going home bruised and beaten, they make a 7 ½ shot, or birdshot, load in this diminutive 1 ¾" shotshell size. Buy a case of 500 and get yourself back up to speed with your shotgun without breaking the bank or your arm.
Of course, they load metallic centerfire as well. Aguila ammo such as their 9mm and 380 ACP are used widely by police and military forces in the country, with their 115gr FMJ 9mm load being an especially fine choice for training ammo on a budget. The cases are especially easy to reload as you won't need to worry about fixing crimped primer pockets, a serious benefit for handloaders.
Aguila focuses a lot of attention on 9mm, 38 Special, and 380 Auto loads that some other manufacturers overlook. For example, they offer a 9mm 117gr jacketed hollow point, an extremely accurate projectile that you shouldn't overlook for match use. They also offer 147gr FMJ in a subsonic load for suppressed shooting or practice if you carry with 147gr JHP. Among their other offerings are 380 JHPs and 38 Special SJSP and SJHP loads. Don't worry, they also make 40 S&W and 45 ACP alongside lesser used cartridges like 38 Super and 45 Colt, the latter of which is sometimes erroneously called 45 Long Colt.
On the rifle side of things they offer everything from separate .223 Rem and 5.56mm 55gr FMJ loads as well as 300 BLK, 30 Carbine, 308 Win, and 7.62x51 NATO. In a unique move, their 300 Blackout, 308 Win, and 7.62x51 loads all use the same 150gr FMJBT projectile, with the 300 BLK load spitting it out at 1900fps while the 308 and 7.62x51 loads erupt it at 2750.
No discussion of Aguila ammunition would be complete without going over their rimfire offerings. From the Colibri, a 22 LR rimfire cartridge loaded without gunpowder, putting out a 20 grain bullet at a paper-punching 420fps to its big brother the Super Colibri at 590fps, they have been at the forefront of unique and useful rimfire loads for many years. Tactical rifle shooters using 22LR conversions for their AR will like the SSS, or Sniper Subsonic, a 60gr lead bullet in a 22 Short case which features the same overall dimensions as a standard 22LR 40gr cartridge but with a bullet weighing as much or more than many 223 Rem loads. Muzzle velocity is 950fps and we've found it to be incredibly reliable across a wide variety of semi auto platforms, but be warned that the long bullet may not be stabilized by rifles or pistols with slower twist rates.