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Sterling Ammo Review From An Ammunition Expert

Sterling Ammo Review From An Ammunition Expert

Turac Sterling Ammunition is a Turkish ammo brand known for crafting rounds for a wide variety of shooting enthusiasts, including their popular, environmentally friendly lineup of ammo.

In this Sterling Ammo review, I’ll break down everything shooters, like myself, love and don’t love about this brand of ammo.

Let’s get started with determining if Sterling ammo is good for you.

Is Sterling Ammo Good?

Yes, Sterling Ammo is good for most shooting applications.

With an extensive product line, they likely have the ammo you’re looking for. Whether you’re in the tactical (taktical) realm or want to test out a new waterfowl hunting shotgun shell, they have ammo worth checking out.

They produce high-quality ammo for competition shooting and self-defense scenarios.

The main problem is getting reasonable quantities of quality ammo in the US. Since they are a Turkish ammo manufacturer, the US is not their target market; therefore, many ammo dealers don’t have many options in stock regularly.

Pros and Cons of the Sterling Brand

As with all ammo, there are pros and cons you should be aware of before buying Sterling Ammunition.


  • Environmentally-friendly line of ammo
  • Reasonably priced brass and steel-cased rounds
  • Covers a wide range of shooting activities (10 different product groups), from hunting to competition and defense
  • Multiple calibers, including Sterling 9mm, 45 ACP, 12 Gauge, and 5.56.
  • Reloadable (brass cases)


  • Factory reloads can cause jams in handguns and carbines
  • Low accessibility, the ammo is hard to find online
  • Their website isn’t finished or easy to navigate
  • Poor reviews because of malfunctions, poor primer strikes, and just plain dirty ammo

Which Calibers Are Available?

Sterling Ammo offers many calibers for shooters, and Ammo.com carries some of these calibers and gauges from time to time.

    • 12 Gauge

Sterling 7.62x39 ammo

Sterling Ammo History and Important Information

Established in 1987, Turac Sterling strives to produce high-quality ammunition.

Their most popular product is 9x19mm handgun ammo for home defense and law enforcement, as they have lethal and less-lethal rounds used for training and real-life defense situations.

The lethal rounds are your typical full metal jacket (FMJ), total metal jacket (TMJ), jacketed hollow point (JHP), and subsonic rounds.

The less-lethal rounds are frangible and rubber bullets, which allow law enforcement and militaries to train at a much lower risk of injury or death.

They also have a line of 5.56 rifle ammo with similar options for training.

Their 7.62 cartridges are either steel-cased (cheaper option) or brass cased, with an FMJ, steel core FMJ, rubber, or frangible bullet.

The most intriguing round is the 12 gauge anti-drone shells in Semi Magnum, Super Magnum, and Magnum. These are intended for military and law enforcement purposes only.

They also have a line of exotic 12 gauge shells with the Shershen, Sheriff, and Bolide—as well as less-lethal rubber slugs and buckshot.

Sterling hasn’t left the hunters out of their product lines as they primarily focus on shotgun hunters with steel shot and big game hunting with slugs.

They have a few different variations of slugs, including the Tornado Slug and Super Slug, among many others.

Here are some quick ballistics for their 9mm ammo-

  • Bullet: 115-grain full metal jacket (FMJ)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1,148 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 337 ft-lbs
  • Casing: Brass
    • Bullet: 124-grain FMJ
    • Muzzle Velocity: 1,214 fps

Sterling 9mm ammo

  • Muzzle Energy: N/A
  • Casing: Brass

Sterling 5.56 ammo ballistics –

  • Bullet: 55-grain FMJ
  • Muzzle Velocity: 3,250 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: N/A
  • Casing: Brass

Sterling 7.62×39 ballistics-

  • Bullet: 123-grain FMJ
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,362 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 1,524 ft-lbs
  • Casing: Steel

Sterling Tornado Slugs 12 Gauge shotshell ballistics-

  • Bullet: 1 oz slug
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1,460 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: N/A
  • Casing: Shotshell

While they don’t have as a vast number of products as CCI Blazer, PMC, Sig Sauer, or Winchester, their prices are often lower than these more prominent ammo brands. Which makes it ideal for a day of plinking or if you’re hunting on a tight budget.

However, their primary market is outside the US, and their stock is often very limited to mostly shotshells, 9mm, 5.56 NATO, and 7.62x39mm.

Where Is Sterling Ammo Made?

Sterling ammo is made in Turkey. They export their ammo to over 85 countries, including the US.


The Turac company was established in Ankara, but its ammunition factory is now in Çankırı.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Sterling Ammo.

Is Sterling ammo remanufactured?

Sterling ammo is not all remanufactured. They have a factory reload line, but they also manufacture new ammunition.

Is Sterling ammo reloadable?

Yes, Sterling ammo is reloadable. If you buy the brass cases, you can reload them. However, if you buy steel cases or factory reloads, you won’t be able to reload them.

Has Sterling ammunition had a recall?

Yes, Sterling Ammunition had a recall on their green box 9mm ammunition in 2021.

Parting Shots

After reading this Sterling ammo review, you now understand the pros and cons of this Turkish ammo. While it’s less expensive in most cases, you’ll run into a few malfunctions or have to clean your gun much more often.

If this sounds like a fair trade, go ahead and pick up a box or two at Ammo.com today!

Sterling Ammo Review From An Ammunition Expert originally appeared in The Resistance Library at Ammo.com.

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Sam Jacobs
Sam Jacobs grew up in Southern New England, probably the part of the country with the weakest gun culture. However, from a young age he believed firmly in the right of self defense and the right to keep and bear arms. This, coupled with 12 years of education in public schools and an argumentative nature, meant that he was frequently getting into debates with his teachers about the virtue of the Second Amendment. A precocious student of history and the Constitution, Jacobs became interested in both the practice of armed self defense throughout history as well as the philosophical underpinnings of the Second Amendment. Jacobs has an affinity for the individual and the common man against centralized forms of power and elites, whether they be in the government or the private sector. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which private companies work to subvert the legislative process and to undermine American freedoms outside of normal legal channels. He considers the resolution of how corporate power can hem in Constitutional freedoms to be the most pressing political question of our age. The private sector and the public sector are increasingly indistinguishable from one another, both because of behind-the-scenes corporate chicanery that undermines the legislative process and because private companies are rapidly becoming far more powerful than the federal government. Thus, it is more important than ever to both fight the incursion of private companies into our government and to become independent and self-reliant enough to make it difficult for private companies to hem in your rights. So Sam believes. Jacobs is the lead writer and chief historian with Ammo.com, and is the driving intellectual force behind the content in the Resistance Library. He is proud to see his work name-checked in places like Bloomberg, USA Today and National Review, but he is far more proud to see his work republished on websites like ZeroHedge, Lew Rockwell and Sons of Liberty Media. You can catch him on Quora and Parler as well as on our very own Resistance Library podcast. How many firearms does Sam own and what’s his everyday carry? That’s between him and the NSA.