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any good ? present any problems ? believe i can get 1000 rounds for bout $170-180 .
those of u who have used this type of ammo for a few hundred rounds weigh in thanks rock
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Old 05-23-2018, 07:43 PM
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I have fired many thousands over the years in a variety of guns with no problems.
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I'm buying brass 9mm in that price range.
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I've used the CCI Blazer and Herter's stuff. No problems with either. I reload, so this is my go-to ammo when I know I can't keep the empties or don't want to be tempted to.
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Target Sports is selling 1000 rounds for $179 and it is brass-cased.
Even if you don't reload you can sell 1000 rounds of once-fired brass for around $30-$50. That brings your cost down to $129-$149 for 1000 rounds.
Can't do that with the aluminum cased stuff.
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If aluminum-cased ammo were less expensive, I'd be more inclined to buy it. I think this week, Academy is selling bulk bucket reloadable brass-cased Remington FMJ 9mm for right around 18 cents per round including sales tax. $180/thousand is not what I (or most anyone else) would consider close to being a great deal for aluminum.

It's been over six months since I bought any, but Wal-Mart was selling steel cased Wolf 9mm for $7.78/box plus tax as its regular everyday price, which is even less than that 9mm aluminum offer or the Academy Remington 9mm price.

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Never had the slightest problem with CCI aluminium cases, but the cost would have to be low because...
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Target Sports is selling 1000 rounds for $179 and it is brass-cased.
Even if you don't reload you can sell 1000 rounds of once-fired brass for around $30-$50. That brings your cost down to $129-$149 for 1000 rounds.
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+1 with post #4.

My indoor range does not allow reloads and if the brass hits the floor........
it is theirs.

So the cheap Aluminum cases or steel are the way to go for me.

I have yet to try out the Federal "Red" ploy bullets, for giggles......
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Aluminum, brass, steel...no problems with any.
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I've used Blazer Aluminum 357 Magnum ammo with no problems.

Good low cost practice ammo.
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Have shot Blazer 357, 38 and 9mm ,
no problem!
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Sometimes can have extraction issues with ripped rims. Not an issue in revolvers.

I stress SOMETIMES!!!!!!!!!

If you don't retrieve your cartridges at an outdoor range, I'd go with steel, as they will someday dissolve into the soil, not so with brass or aluminum.
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If you don't retrieve your cartridges at an outdoor range, I'd go with steel, as they will someday dissolve into the soil, not so with brass or aluminum.
Actually, that isn't quite accurate.

Steel will rust and dissolve away faster than brass or aluminum, but they will both eventually oxidize enough to disintegrate too - it just takes longer.

Just curious, but did you used to live in Spokane Racer X? We used to have a guy on one of the local boards who used that handle and he just up and disappeared.
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Default Aluminum and steel are BOTH BAD!

If you use aluminum or steel cartridge cases, then when I pick them up I can't use them for reloading.

PS: Do not buy stock in caseless and polymer cased ammo either.
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Many years ago when CCI Blazer aluminum cased ammo was cheaper than any brass cased ammo I could find, I shot it. It seemed consistent and reliable and was very accurate. Aluminum cases cannot be reloaded.
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...Do not buy stock in caseless...
Worked great in the Sheridan (not).
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A local regional store (BiMart) just had Federal aluminum cased 9mm for $15.00 per 100. That is pretty cheap, but still not as cheap as I can load it myself. Now this week they have Blazer brass cased 9mm for $9.00 per 50. In my eyes this makes the brass case worth $.03 each which is about as cheap as you can buy used 9mm brass for. So for 3 cents a case I know I am getting true once fired brass that I can re-use multiple times. Or I can save a few cents and leave the aluminum case on the ground. Kind of seems like a waste to me when the brass sells quick and easy or can be reloaded.
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Actually, that isn't quite accurate.

Steel will rust and dissolve away faster than brass or aluminum, but they will both eventually oxidize enough to disintegrate too - it just takes longer.

Just curious, but did you used to live in Spokane Racer X? We used to have a guy on one of the local boards who used that handle and he just up and disappeared.
Nope, not me. Unless you owe him a lot of money, then it's me.
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Worked great in the Sheridan (not).
I guess an air gun uses 'caseless' ammo, unless they did something I didn't know about.

But, anyway, people are still trying to mess up us reloaders. I saw something about polymer cases in a recent Guns and Ammo or some such.
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About 2 years ago Cabela's had a sale on Remington 147grn RN FMJ brass 9mm. I was buying stacks of Gift cards at a discount and Remington had a rebate.

I stacked deep 1000s of rounds of 9mm at something like $0.05/ea end price. So it's possible to get factory new center-fire brass ammo for less than 22lr if you get creative.

For aluminum I've never had an issue. I've even reloaded once fired aluminum cases for bunny fart loads I knew I wouldn't be able to recover. Don't recommend it, but it can be done.
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During my years as a cop I usually used the ammo provided for the range. Quite a bit of it was CCI-Blazer aluminum cased (.38 Special, 9X19), and I never had any problems with them.
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