steel casing ammo, your thoughts.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cowboy898, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. warriflefan

    warriflefan Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Meadow Vista, CA
    So in summary, it sounds like if you have proper headspace and chamber diameter with most calibers, steel case ammo should not cause a problem (unless it has a laquer coat).
  2. reynolds357

    reynolds357 Former Guest

    Oct 24, 2011
    That question has been asked and answered. If you do not trust the shelf life of steel case ammo; dont buy it.
  3. medalguy

    medalguy Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    I don't buy nice guns to use cheap crap ammo in them.

    Those of us who enjoy older military surplus weapons such as AKs and Mosins have no problems using the ammunition these weapons were designed to shoot. I would not and do not shoot steel cased ammo in my higher end rifles either, such as a match AR15 or FAL.

    And by the way, steel cased ammo is not "crap" but it is very inexpensive and functions very well in the weapons they were designed to shoot.

    As far as the government using steel cased ammo to reduce the usable life of ammunition, keep in mind it's primarily made by comblock countries, not US companies although there are reports of some US companies starting to test this out in an effort to hold down the price of sporting ammunition. It's certainly not the U S government doing this.
  4. fordtrucksforever

    fordtrucksforever New Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    East of DFW
    The cost of copper has risen 10 fold since China has been emerging as a major player in the world economy. Since it takes copper to make brass, cost becomes a big factor. Steel shells have been around a long time and if kept out of the elements, it lasts just like any other ammo. Since it is coated, that lessens potential wear on the gun. I would surmise that extended periods of using steel cartridges would result in some buildup in the chamber area. Regular intervals of cleaning would eliminate any side affects of using them. I found a handful of unspent brass and steel ammo in the back of a truck bed. Been sitting thu the seasons of weather for a year of so. Brass was green in the usual places and coated steel shells were unaffected. Some of the cheaper steel ammo available that are painted with just black lacquer wont hold up as well if left outside.
  5. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

    Aug 8, 2011
    Yorktown, VA
    speaking of cooper, last summer i took a small pickup truckload of copper wiring up to the local metal place and got almost $300 for the load, and the majority of the stuff i took up there was the less valuable steel and iron. as i've been saying for months now, copper will soon be the new silver.
  6. H0tr0dder

    H0tr0dder New Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    I bought a box of federal brass and a box of tulammo steel, the cheapest Walmart had, .45 rounds to pleasure shoot my 1911. I noticed no real difference in the ammo and no damage to the firearm. I was ok with it but that's just my opinion.
  7. sliclee

    sliclee New Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Miami Beach Florida
    someone who sells steel cased ammo might give you bad advice Lee
  8. Little Rooster

    Little Rooster New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Old Dominion

    I didn't say I didn't trust steel ammo it is what it is. It's has a purpose
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