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Old 05-26-2018, 04:41 PM
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I didn't want to hijack the thread on aluminum cases ammo, but someone(s) mentioned using Wolf steel cased ammo successfully. I remember being warned against milsurp steel cased .45s years ago based on a tendency to stick in the chamber and break extractors. Any such problem with the new stuff from the collusion comrades?
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I'm going through a second case of steel Tula 9mm, shooting it in my Glock 19. Not the cleanest stuff I've ever used, and plenty hot, but I've had no problems thus far. It was $160/1000 delivered, but really, for $30-$40 more you can get Boxer-primed, brass-cased ammo.
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I asked to try my instructor's 442 before deciding to buy one. I had some Tula .38 rounds and one case expanded enough to get stuck in the cylinder.

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Last time I went to the range with my ATI 1911, I forgot my ammo at the house and it was a much shorter run to the local gun shop to pick up ammo than going back home and I picked up a box of steel cased ammo and a couple boxes of aluminum cased stuff too at around $10 a box (gunsmith was cleaning out old stock he took in on a trade). Both the aluminum cased and steel cased stuff ran OK in my 1911. But I'm not a big believer in running anything but brass cased ammo, especially since I reload. That was the first factory ammo that 1911 has ever run.
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I run steel cased ammo in my SKS, but then again, the SKS and AK were designed with steel cased ammo in mind.

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I've not tried steel cased ammo in anything else as aluminum and brass cased ammo do not seem to be that much more expensive, plus brass can be reloaded or even sold for scrap.
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Steel case 9mm ammo is not recommended for lugers. It is too 'hot' for them!
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Steel case 9mm ammo is not recommended for lugers. It is too 'hot' for them!

Thanks. I'm very cautious about what I run through the Luger. Standard velocity major manufacturer only. The other guns, I might risk, but probably stick with aluminum when I can't collect my empties.
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Back in 1943, the US made their .45 ammo in galvanized steel cases. Seemed to work for them. In the '60s I bought several hundred rounds for peanuts because most folks didn't know how to deal with corrosive primers. Worked OK for me too.

I've run thousands of rounds of Blazer aluminum cases stuff with no issues. Dunno about other brands.

Don't know about other psitol calibers with steel cases and there's currently no shortage of brass/copper. That being the case, why bother?
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I seldom shoot anything but my own handloads, but if I was curious about the steel ammo, I would buy a small quantity and compare it with other ammunitions and my own handloads.

You hear good and bad about the steel case stuff; I wouldn't know who to believe. Trying it yourself is likely the best approach.

When I first began shooting ARs just few years ago, I started handloading immediately but also tried many factory ammunitions, everything from cheap bulk ammo to match ammunition. Very quickly I found you get what you pay for. None of the cheap ammunition was very accurate. I suspect steel case bulk would be in the same category and not shoot particularly well, but it will likely go bang everytime.
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Only use steel cased 7.62x39 in my Chinese sks, the only other firearm I used steel cases is silver bear 9x19mak in a CZ 82. Frank
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My observation is that magazines function better when the cartridge case is of a dissimilar material. In my experience steel cases work (slide) better in polymer or aluminium mags, than in steel ones.
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