I agree with the other guys here. I have shot S&B before only in 9mm and I pefer it over Wolf anyday. At least the brass ain't hard on the extractors like the Wolf stuff is. The only way I would ever use wolf ammo is if it's the only thing I can find. S&B is good ammo!
I use a lot of S&B in my Springer, Ruger P89 9mm, and Ruger GP100 in both .357 and .38 Special. It's very reasonably priced and in most cases, cheaper than Winchester White Box. I ususlly order from Outdoor Marksman and get good pricing and turnaround from them ( www.outdoormarksman.com )
The only real problem I have had with it is a possibly bad batch of .357 158gr FMJ stuff. The S&B stuff a fairly hot load (1394fps and 683 ft. lbs) and in my GP100, it will occasionally cause a cylinder lock-up by having part of the bullet jacket be torn off and jamming between the forcing cone and the cylinder throat.
I have always heard that Ruger revolvers are overbuilt and should easily handle hot loads, so that's why I think this issue is with the particular batch of ammo and not S&B or the Ruger.
I do get a buildup of the red coating from around the primers but it comes off easily with some solvent.
Be careful with Sellier & Bellot. It shoots well, but they sometimes use steel-jacketed bullets. Indoor ranges may have a problem with that, and outdoor ranges in fire areas often ban steel-jacketed bullets as well.
Depending on where you shoot, you may want to check the bullets with a magnet before buying.
I've shot at least 3000 rounds of S&B .45ACP 230gr FMJ and have no complaints. Among the lower priced factory ammo, I think it's the best (compared to Armscor and MFS). I buy Armscor now, but only because it costs less. If the price were the same, I'd go with S&B. It tends to be a little dirtier than UMC (yellow box) or USA (white box), but that's no big deal.
I have friends who have had bad luck with the .40S&W 180 FMJ, though. I don't know exactly why they don't like it, but I'd test a few boxes in my gun before I bought a pallet of it.
S&B in .45, 9mm and even .40 were great.. a few light charges in .45 once, but thats it... Then I got some .357sig. This stuff was way inconsistant.. some really weak, some really hot.. after 2 case failures and a few bulged brass, I will no-longer get it in .357sig.
I've been shooting S&B 230gr 45ACP for about seven years now. After many thousands of rounds I can say that I have not had a single problem with this ammo. I haven't tried it in any other calibers, but the 45's are great for practice.
You mean no one out there has had problems with this stuff?
I hadn't until last weekend. Had a bullet stuck in the barrel of
my Springfield 45. They must have missed the powder in that one. I actually have liked the ammo enough to stock almost a 1000rds. Now I'm worried. The previous few 100 I've shot were