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Old January 8th, 2012, 12:09 PM   #1
 
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steel or bi-metal cased ammo... Deal Or Dud??

Ive only used brass cased ammo bcuz the local range doesn't allow
Steel cased or bi-metal ammo..

I know they dont allow it bcuz they can't reload/recycle the casings

Ive noticed a slight price difference in
steel/bi-metal ammo vs. Brass

But they tell me that steel cased ammo isn't good to use
Are they a bunch of idiots or is there a downside to
Using steel or bi-metal cased ammunition ?



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Old January 8th, 2012, 12:13 PM   #2
 
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I shoot tons of Tulammo 45acp and it works fine, seems a little dirtier than other ammo, but functions perfectly.
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Old January 8th, 2012, 12:28 PM   #3
 
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I've been shooting the Tula 7.62x39 out of my mini I have a few miss fire but they shoot the second time . I don't use them for hunting but have had a lot of fun with the steel cases I get them for $4.98 at wal mart for 20. They are a little dirty
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As stated above, Tula ammo has not given me any problems. I shoot .223, 9mm, and .40I have not had a single issue about the ammo. Side note and what most people complain about is that steel ammo is dirty, that it is and does require a couple more patches through the barrel when your done shooting.
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Thank you for the feedback....
Im gonna snag a box or two next time im in Walmart and try em out
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Old January 8th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #6
 
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That steel cases stuff seems ok but it's nasty as heck.I only use it for my sks.
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Just a buncha idiots.

Steel case is fine for practice, the tula stuff (and most other steel case ammo) is polymer coated. This means that they DO NOT accelerate wear.
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Steel ammo is fine for range use, but dirty. There have been issues with a few makes and models of pistols that had to do with ejector strength and steel cases, but that's a mechanical problem with the pistol. Odds are you won't have any problems at all with Tula, other than a dirty barrel.
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Whatcha shootin Izzy?

I've had steel cased ammo expand a bit more than brass and stick in revolver chambers. Had to punch it out. Not a big deal.

Some of the Euro stuff also has harder primers which can result in light strikes in guns with reduced hammer springs or old and weak springs.

Generally it runs fine though, even if it is a little messy.

However the knock on bimetal has always been that it could wear on the lands (rifleing) in your barrel. Might want to read this article before you decide.

http://www.uspsa.org/front-sight-mag...BiMetal-Ammo-8

Probably take multiple thousands of rounds to do real damage, but as with all things moderation is a good thing.

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Reselling/reusing the brass does make some money for the range, no doubt. My range does the same thing.

However, there's another reason that has nothing whatsoever to do with the case. It has to do with the bullet. The steel under that copper plating can and does spark if it comes in contact with concrete floors or cinder-block walls. This can be a bit of a fire hazard. Yes, I know, if you clean your range properly every night, the risk of that goes way down. But we already had one indoor range burn to the ground when someone shot some of that stuff, a spark set off a bunch of unburned powder, and it caught the backstop, which was made of shredded tire rubber, on fire. Once tire rubber catches fire, you don't try to put it out. YOU RUN.

I don't fault the shredded tire rubber backstop. The material works very well, is inexpensive, and is readily available. I blame mostly the range staff for not doing a proper nightly cleaning of the range, and for not being more vigilant about bimetal-jacket ammo. That range was never rebuilt.

As for reloading, actually you can reload the steel cases, as long as they're Boxer-primed. Yeah, I know, you technically can reload Berdan cases, but it's too time-consuming to deprime 'em.
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As stated above, Tula ammo has not given me any problems. I shoot .223, 9mm, and .40I have not had a single issue about the ammo. Side note and what most people complain about is that steel ammo is dirty, that it is and does require a couple more patches through the barrel when your done shooting.
Perhaps it depends on the gun being used, but the only problems I've had with my SR9c were with the one box of 9mm Tulammo I tried - multiple failures to fire and stovepipes. I do agree it is dirtier than other brands I've tried. I've had no problems with Blazer ammo, so I don't know that it was the non-brass nature of the case on the Tul that were at issue.
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