FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Sellier & Bellot sell ammunition directly to the public?

A: Sellier & Bellot sells in large quantities directly to its wholesale distributors and dealers, and does not sell mainline products directly to customers. Sellier & Bellot products are available from independent dealers and regional chain stores around the U.S. and you can also find Sellier & Bellot products at mail order and internet sites. If your dealer does not have the Sellier & Bellot item that you are looking for, please ask them to order this for you as it should only take a few days to get Sellier & Bellot products from our large selection of Sellier & Bellot wholesalers and distributors located throughout the United States. As a courtesy for those customers who live in rural areas without easy gun-shop access, we have a dealer locator service in our “Purchase” section or you can call us at 1-800-466-7191 to get the 800 numbers for several of our national mail order outlets.


Q: I'm having trouble finding a dealer for Sellier & Bellot products.

A: Go to the "Local Dealer Search" link of this web site; it will point you to dealers in your area that handle our products. There are also online dealers that handle Sellier & Bellot products. Contact us if you have any problems locating a Sellier & Bellot dealer.



Q: Isn't mail order and Wal-Mart cheaper than buying from a dealer?

A: Initially, the price of ammunition may be cheaper than at your local gun shop. This is because mail order and mass merchants typically do not offer as much service or set up advice. If you're just getting started in this hobby, you need the experience and advice of the local shop to help you purchase the right firearm and ammunition for your needs and budget. Also the shop owner will help you get everything set up, and make sure that you have all the accessories you need to shoot. It's definitely worth the very small extra cost to have a relationship with a helpful shop owner, especially if you are purchasing for the first time.




Q: What is your advice on long term storage of ammunition?

A: Heat and humidity are the real enemy of stored ammunition. Ammunition should ideally be stored in a cool, dry controlled environment where there are no unusual variations in temperature and humidity. Cold has no adverse effects on ammunition, however, extreme high temperatures, such as those found in the trunk of a car, a storage shed or an attic should be avoided for long term storage. We also recommend that you store the ammunition in it's original carton to aid you in identifying the ammunition at a later date. If you desire to store a larger quantity of ammunition you may wish to invest in good quality ammunition cans. The number one enemy is moisture so it may be wise to add moisture absorbing desiccant packs and put them in the container with the ammo. Keep the container off of concrete floors and it is best to store on a shelf between the floor and ceiling for the most controlled temperatures and humidity levels. Before you store it make sure its clean, dry. Always wipe your fingerprints off the cartridges as the acids, salts and other chemicals contained in fingerprints can cause corrosion, which could affect the reliability of the cartridge. Cartridges should not be submerged in water or exposed to any solvents, petroleum products (including gun oil), bore cleaner ammonia or other chemicals. These materials can penetrate a cartridge and cause the primer or powder to deteriorate. Properly stored ammunition will last for many decades. Finally, we recommend that you change out the ammunition in your defensive handgun every two to three months with fresh rounds. Take advantage by using these defense rounds to practice your proficiency at the range, as sometimes they impact differently than your traditional practice rounds, such as FMJ projectiles.


Q: Are Sellier & Bellot cases reloadable?

A: Yes, Sellier & Bellot loaded ammunition and component cases are factory fresh, virgin brass cases and are fully reloadable by those familiar with the science and art of reloading.



Q: Does Sellier & Bellot manufacture subsonic ammunition?

A: Yes. Subsonic ammunition is limited to velocities below the speed of sound. A very common question we receive is how fast is the speed of sound. The speed of sound, also known as Mach 1, changes throughout the atmosphere based on the temperature at any given altitude. Probably the most important value to remember, however, is the speed of sound at sea level. Based on the standard atmospheric model, this value has been defined to be
•    1,116.4 ft/s
•    340.3 m/s
•    761.2 mph
•    1,225.1 km/h
•    661.5 knots

Bullets that move through the transonic range to go supersonic (exceeding the speed of sound) create much more noise in flight due to a shock wave created by supersonic flight through air.



Q: Are Sellier & Bellot primers corrosive?

A: Absolutely not. All Sellier & Bellot commercial primers are non-mercuric and non-corrosive. Sellier & Bellot Non-Tox primers are lead and heavy metal free.



Q: What's the difference between a "standard" primer and a "magnum" primer?

A: A magnum primer provides a longer flame duration, a higher flame temperature, or both. Use magnum primers only where recommended in published load data. Substituting a magnum primer for a standard one without a charge adjustment will nearly always increase pressures. They are a plus when you are shooting in temperatures below 20 degrees F.



Q: Does Sellier & Bellot seal their cartridges?

A: Some Sellier & Bellot pistol & revolver ammunition cartridges are sealed at the primer/pocket junction with a colored sealant. Many Sellier & Bellot law enforcement and military cartridges are sealed at the primer/pocket and the bullet/mouth junctions.



Q: Do you accept applications for shooting sponsorship?

A: Sellier & Bellot is very much interested in competitive shooting and we are making efforts to promote competition that is fast, fun, and above all, inexpensive. Our ammunition and reloading products are designed to remove the "dollar factor" from shooting. We want to encourage first time shooters to compete as this is a great way to learn about safety and proficiency with a firearm. Currently, we do not sponsor individual shooters, however, we do supply product and/or merchandise for prize tables at many key events throughout the United States.





Q: What is the difference between the 8 x 57J, 8x57JS, 8x57JR and 8x57JRS

A: Regarding the 8X57 there are two sets of variables, Small and Big (J and JS) Rimmed and Unrimmed ( R and "nothing")

Thus there are 4 types of 8x57

J, which is .318 and unrimmed
JS, which is .323 and unrimmed
JR, which is .318 and RIMMED
JSR, which is .323 and RIMMED

JSR is also sometimes stamped as JRS

The purpose of the rimmed rounds is for single shot hinged action rifles, and "Drilling Rifles" which are basically just like a double barreled shotgun, but rather than both barrels holding a 12 guage shell, one side has a 12 guage shotshell, the other side has a rifle cartridge.

The big rim is needed so these rounds can be ejected easily.       

The JR..JRS goes back to when the German Military switched from .318 to .323. Original .318 rounds were marked IR for infantry, rimmed. The gothic styled "I" was mis-translated as a "J" . When the military switched to .323 they also switched from a round nose bullet to a spitzer design, calling this round "Infantry rimmed spitzer" JRS. As for the JS designation- rimless.