Steel Case ammo... Pros/Cons?

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by cap10pd, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. cap10pd

    cap10pd New Member

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    Been seeing around some places that steel case ammo can damage your firearm. Just started stocking up on ammo but don't want to buy chappy ammo. Right now I have two 9mm's XDm and a Nano.
     
  2. Haugrdr

    Haugrdr New Member

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  3. Teddybear

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    Well cap, I have fired several thousand rounds of steel cased ammo in both rifle and pistol and havent had any problems, either with the ammo or the firearms. The only thing I dont like about steel cases is that I cant reload them.
     
  4. cap10pd

    cap10pd New Member

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    So I'm assuming the steel ammo will be cheaper, correct?
     
  5. JoeUSooner

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    In my case, the results are mixed.

    I've fired hundreds of rounds of steel case - Tulamo and Monarch brands - 9mm through my XD9 (and through a CZ) without a single problem, but I had numerous problems with a single box (50) of .380 steel case ammo through a Ruger compact.


    Not sure precisely what conclusion that supports....

     
  6. eluterio

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    I have found Tula the most dependable ammo. I have shot at least 500 rounds of both 45 and 223. I have used the 45 with my SA1911A1 Mil Spic, RI1911A1 GI model, and HiPoint 4595TS. As for the 223, I have used it with my SW MP15.
     
  7. eluterio

    eluterio New Member

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    Yes, steel is cheaper and Tula tends to have the better price.
     
  8. Balota

    Balota Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I tried TulAmmo in my XDm 9mm. It jammed up in the magazine. The casings are rougher than brass. After about 6 rounds, you push down enough to get #7 in the mag and the 6 get stuck.

    If you do get 10 rounds in they won't feed reliably. Had an unbelievable malfunction in an IDPA match. One round stuck part way in the chamber, one stuck facing backwards next to that one and a third facing up. Never shooting TulAmmo again in my XDm.

    YMMV.
     
  9. Balota

    Balota Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    BTW, don't forget recent US restriction of Russian ammo.