I emailed a question to James Rummel, a professional self-defense instructor:
As a newbie to guns, one of the things I've asked myself is "How do I know what is quality ammo and what is not?" There seems to be quite a price range between brands, even if other characteristics are the similar. Are there brands that are of poor manufacture and are more likely to misfire? Are there brands that really top-shelf, but needlessly expensive?
I know that with cars, I would never buy a Chrysler but I would buy a Toyota -- if for no other reason that quality control issues. Should a new gun owner have similar concerns, or should he just buy the cheapest ammunition he can find?
James wrote a lengthy response. Thanks!