Wolf Ammo for AR rifles????

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by dbltap, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. dbltap

    dbltap New Member

    Apr 1, 2007
    Is the Wolf, Brown and Silver Bear ammo reliable in AR rifles? It's cheap but sometimes you get what you pay for. And what about TUL ammo; I think it's Russian too.

  2. jlloyd73

    jlloyd73 Active Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    I had issues running those types of ammo in my AR. It seems that after I shot 20 or so rounds the coating they put on those types of ammo gummed up the chamber making extraction hard at times. It was odd because it only happened when I would pause from shooting for a few seconds (leaving a round in the chamber) then trying to shoot again.....like the coating got hot in the chamber and seized up some. I will not use it again in my rifle. I never had issues with brass ammo though.

  3. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Bingo and we have a winner !! :D

    I didn't shoot any steel/coated ammo through my Sig or any of my guns. You do get what ya pay for and steel cases will wear on your parts faster. Best bet is to buy up some decent ammo in bulk and then reload it.

    If I had an SKS or cheaper mil surplus rifle, then I'd probably shoot the cheaper ammo through it. Treat your AR right and it will treat ya back the same.
  4. shorter260513

    shorter260513 New Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    I shoot silver bear with no problems and have another 1000 rnds of some other russian surplus the silver bear isnt coated with anything that I see and after about 700 rnds through my S&W not one problem if your worried about the coating on the shells get the silver bear
  5. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    Seized my bushmaster chamber every shot! Avoid this ammo unless you are shooting ak style rifles. Yes you get what you pay for and the mfr could give a rats behind what effect it has on the firearms in which it is used. Tula wolf etc is all the same mfr, and for the lack of better terms here it is junk.
  6. ramdino

    ramdino New Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    Shelby NC
    how about the hornaday ammo. i just bought some. it looks coated, not brass?
  7. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Which hornady ammo? They have some that are steel cased, some nickel cases and some black nickel cases; in addition to the standard brass.
  8. jlloyd73

    jlloyd73 Active Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    I am trying to go down Woolleyworm's route now. I have been looking to get into reloading.....already started saving my brass 4 months ago.
  9. redwing carson

    redwing carson Former Guest

    Dec 11, 2010
    western wyoming
    I have been shooting the Cabelas Herter brand .223 in my Pre-Ban Colt. The ammo shoots just fine no problems. I think this is made in China. I use it in the winter as the brass is lost in the snow. The price was good at $3.99 per 20 rds.

    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011
  10. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I don't really recall having any particular problem with the steel cased stuff. If I get to go to the range tomorrow I will take some Tulammo with me and see what happens. I recently bought 500 rounds of it.
  11. upsguy

    upsguy New Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    CROOK Co. Illinois
    I don't own an AR (yet), but I will add, Russian ammo sucks! I bought Tulammo, knowing it seemed exactly like Wolf in .45ACP. Just 50 rounds for $14 and shot it through my Glock 21. Halfway through, I split a case in the chamber and had a hell of a time trying to get it out. I like trying out different brands of ammo and (note to self) stay away from dirty, cheap, non-reloadable nasty a$$ ammo. You DO get what you pay for.
  12. ramdino

    ramdino New Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    Shelby NC
    Hey WW Hornaday 223 55gr FMJBT training. The casing looks steel with some kind of green coating.
  13. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    In my experience...

    Wolf used to make lots of lacquer coated ammo and while this green coated crap did aid in keeping the steel casing from making contact with the rifle it would get sticky and "melt" when it came in contact with a hot barrel, then if given a moment to cool it would stick in the firearm.

    Then they started coating it with a grey polymer. We fired many rounds of this stuff through SKS and AK rifles without a problem.

    I've personally never introduced this ammo to an AR15 that I can recall at the moment because I prefer Lake City XM193. Although I think I do have some squirreled away and wouldn't be afraid to use it if I had to.

    If you have some of the old lacquer coated crap, I'd vote to dispose of it.

  14. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio
    What Crpdeth said. Here are some examples of what you can get Lake City for at Cheaperthandirt:



    Ammo 5.56x45mm Federal Lake City FMJBT 55 Grain 20 Rounds .223 for Military Grade Rifles New Production FMJBT XM193
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    20 Round box of this special 5.56 ammo, manufactured at the Lake City Arsenal, has a 55 grain boattail bullet with lead core and Lake City or Federal brass all designed for super accuracy in extreme conditions. This is first quality, new production .223 ammo designed for Military grade rifles packed in a 20 round box, 25 boxes per case. Sold by the 20 Round box.



    Ammo 5.56x45mm Lake City XM193A FMJ 55 Grain 30 Round On Stripper Clips Nato Military Spec
    35 Customer ReviewsOur Low Price: $10.69

    Manufacturer: Lake City XM193A
    Item: AMM-269

    Non-returnable item. We will not accept any returns on this item.

    5.56x45 Nato, Lake City, 55 Grain Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail Bullet, 30 Round Box. 30 Rounds of the best of the 5.56x45mm Nato ammo, XM193A, current and original as supplied to U.S. troops. 55 grain Full Metal Jacket, military spec annealed case shoulder, and crimped bullet and primer. Pre-loaded on 10 round stripper clips, with three strippers per cardboard sleeve. Ready to speed load your 30 round magazines. Actual combat ammo, and very limited supply. Recommended for law enforcement use.

    This is Military Grade ammunition, not seconds or pull-downs.
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    Ammo 5.56x45mm Military Lake City Penetrator M855 62 Grain 1000 Round Loose Bulk Pack
    74 Customer ReviewsOur Low Price: $479.79

    Manufacturer: Lake City M855
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    1,000 Rounds loose - bulk pack of the Lake City Military 5.56 rounds. It is not packed in individual boxes and is loose in the case. Save money by buying it in this 1,000 round loose bulk pack.

    Lake City 5.56 Ammo is the best 5.56 Military ammo manufactured. This is the original US Military Lake City Arsenal M855 SS109 Penetrator ammo firing at 3,025 fps. This is identical to the ammo being issued currently to US military.

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  15. TheGunClinger

    TheGunClinger Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I have used many thousands of rounds of Wolf ammo in my AR. I used the polymer instead of the lacquer coated ammo. The only problem other than it is real dirty that I had was that the red primer sealer would accumalate under the extractor. What would happen is all of a sudden you'd get a case stuck in the chamber. So I would get out the brass rod and my hammer and knock the case out. Then I'd have to take apart the bolt and clean it. There would be a big red booger under the extractor which would prevent it from extracting. Remove the boogie, flick it at my nephew and away we go again. Wolf is very dirty but what the hay, you have to clean your weapon anyhow so no biggy. One thing is that they always went bang. I never had a bad round...so far.

    BTW, I no longer use Wolf as there is so much good stuff available now.
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