There are a huge number of bullets on the market, and they’re all appropriate for very different circumstances. Some traits, such as caliber, are fairly obvious, but other differences are much more subtle. Choosing the wrong type of bullet can lead to a variety of unpleasant consequences, so it’s important to take the time to do your research before you load your weapon.
All firearms are designed with specific rounds in mind. While many of them are flexible enough to take alternative loads, some of them are not. In those cases, firing the weapon while it is improperly loaded can lead to expensive damage to the gun itself. Since the firing mechanism is usually one of the most delicate and complicated pieces of the weapon, the damage is likely to render the gun nonoperational and the repairs are quite likely to be expensive. In extreme cases, repairing the gun can require replacing a large percentage of its mechanisms.
Using the wrong load can also lead to poor performance in the field. For example, fragible bullets are made from compressed power rather than solid metal. They crumble when the hit a hard target, which helps to prevent ricochet accidents and ensures that they don’t fully penetrate the target and damage something on the other side. However, that makes them a poor choice for any situation that requires a solid and intact bullet after contact. The best results will always come with matching the right bullet to the right activity, and doing the opposite can often end in failure.
Ammunition is expensive, so nobody wants to get stuck with a box of bullets that they can’t put to good use. That is exactly what happens to people who fail to research their ammunition in advance, and only realize that they can’t use it after they place their order. It is occasionally possible to get a refund to avoid losing money on that kind of purchase, but in most cases a box of useless ammunition represents a huge financial loss.
Safety should be the primary concern of every shooter, and safe shooting requires the use of appropriate ammunition. Guns that are not loaded with the correct rounds often behave unpredictable. They can have more power than the shooter expects, travel inaccurately, or cause problems upon impact with the target. Any of those situations could lead to an injury, especially among new shooters. Since all accidents have the potential to be lethal when firearms are involved, it’s best to do the responsible thing and examine the ammunition carefully before selecting it, just to make sure that everyone is as safe and secure as possible.