I tend to hoard 9mm ammo when I can find it and I like to buy Federal at $9.47 a box. I go to a couple of Wally Worlds and noticed something a while back. I was getting them in Ridgeland and the ammo was scarred up a bunch. Actually looked like it had been tumbled after it was loaded, leaving the bullet end really dimpled. I didn't worry too much about it, because I've never had a problem with them feeding or firing. A little while back, I picked up 5 boxes from the Madison WalMart and they were markedly different. The bullets were perfect and shiny all over. When I got them home, I discovered they were in a smaller box with a different holder. They shot good, too. Anyways, if I had the choice, I'd pick the nicer ones for my auto loaders, just because it makes sense. I haven't quite gotten so anal that I measure the boxes just yet, but the thought has run through my head. I'm always pleased when I get home and discover I've found the nice ones. When I had my 45, I picked up a couple of boxes from the Ridgeland Walmart and discovered the same thing with them. I got one small box of the nice loads and another large box that looked like a child had gone to work on them with a hammer. Both fed and shot just fine, but I still prefer the cleaner loads. Anyways, just an observation that might be useful.