Battle of the cheap ammo all-stars!


September 12, 2007, 09:19 AM
For non-reloadable, bargain ammo, who is your favorite and why? Rifle, handgun, shotgun... doesn't matter.

Some possibles include CCI Blazer, Wolf, Wolf Mil Classic, Golden Tiger, Barnaul, and Brown/Silver/Golden Bear (Old Barnaul). NO MIL-SURP ALLOWED.

Non-reloadable generally means aluminum or steel case, but let's add berdan primed to the mix too (even though it can technically be reloaded).

Again, no military surplus ammo.

For handgun, I vote Blazer because it's cleaner than the russian stuff. For rifle, I choose Golden Tiger (although they only make one caliber) since it's generally the cheapest in 7.62x39 and it's reliable in my WASR.

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September 12, 2007, 09:25 AM
I second blazer for pistol, Monarch for 7.62x39, Brown Bear for 7.62x54r. I would say wolf, but the local Academy knows me enough to keep the shelves full of Monarch at 4.26 a box, My gunsmith has a case of Wolf for 4.29

September 12, 2007, 10:27 AM
CCI Blazer, Barnaul, & Wolf and all sorts of freebies... can't beat free.

September 12, 2007, 08:30 PM
Blazer and Wolf are some of my personal favorites.

September 12, 2007, 08:32 PM

Bazooka Joe71
September 12, 2007, 08:56 PM
CCI blazer and WWB

September 12, 2007, 08:56 PM
I've had good luck with Blazer and Wolf, although the Blazer is a little cheaper and is available at Wally World.

September 12, 2007, 09:35 PM
for my 9mm, cci blazer is ok. its definatly cheap and its a lot cleaner than the wolf ammo. for some reason though i like the wolf ammo better, despite how dirty it is

September 12, 2007, 09:41 PM
I shoot nothing but Wolf from my AK and SKS. But I recently got a spam can of Brown Bear. Even though Wolf is dirty, I love it. I just opened the spam can 2 weeks ago and havent shot much of it.
Cheap goes out the window at the nearest range. Since the range is free, you have to buy THIER ammo. At 10 bucks a box for Wolf :barf:...I dont think so, ill leave the AK and SKS at home.

September 12, 2007, 10:48 PM
For handguns, Fiocchi is cheap enough for me, I don't like subjecting my guns to crappy aluminum and steel cased ammo. Plus Fiocchi is more powerful than WWB and cleaner to boot.

For rifles, if we're talking my AK which is designed to chew up crappy Russian steel-cased ammo, then I don't mind getting cheap Wolf. I prefer the Military Classic stuff as it's made in a different factory which has better QC than the standard Wolf stuff.

For shotguns, I get the cheap big boxes of Remington on sale at Dicks or Wally World.

chris in va
September 12, 2007, 11:19 PM
Wolf and Blazer. WWB keeps malfunctioning in my handguns.

September 12, 2007, 11:55 PM
CCI Blazer. Awesome for semi-autos. Super reliable. Can't stand the Wolf.

September 13, 2007, 12:20 AM
if you guys think wolf is dirty.... you have obviously never shot milsurp. a SINGLE round of cz silvertip 7.62x54r will leave your bore like a 19th century london chimney.

that said, for cheap ammo i love wolf. never broken an extractor, never overloaded, never had the bullet push back into the case (as happened with georgia arms and adcom).

September 13, 2007, 09:26 AM
I primarily reserve the use of Wolf for my Soviet-Bloc guns, although I have used a couple of boxes in my KP-90 Ruger.

Blazer Brass works well in my KP-90 & 1911's. PMC is no longer making ammo, but their 12-Ga slugs were the best in my Maverick 88. USA Brand (AKA Winchester White Box) has been good in all cailbres I have tried {.38Spl, .45ACP, .30-06} Federal's "American Eagle" brand has been good in all of my .22LR guns.

Also have bought a few boxes of "Ultramax" in .357Mag. A bit "Flashy" in my short-barrel Vaquero, but still OK.

For those special times, yeah, you probably want "Premium" ammo, but for general shooting, the value-priced stuff works OK.

September 13, 2007, 09:31 AM
I shoot both aluminum and brass cased Blazer, S&B, some Fiocchi and some Winchester in my handguns. Aluminum Blazer gets shot the most by far and also exhibits the fewest problems.

In rifles, I shoot mostly surplus by far. However, when I do shoot commercial, it's either Winchester (.223, 30-06), Remington (.223, 30-06), S&B (.303 and 7.62x54), Hotshot (.303), PMC (.223, .303), or Aquila (.30 carbine).

September 13, 2007, 01:02 PM
For 9x18, Wolf has always worked well. I've only shot the aluminum Blazer in .357, and it went bang every time - can't complain.

September 13, 2007, 02:28 PM
Brownbear 7.62x54R works well for me

September 13, 2007, 03:22 PM
S&B all the way...never had a bad round...:D

September 13, 2007, 03:24 PM
I've yet to find anything that my glock won't chew through reliably... I prefer the WWB to the wolf steelcase and blazer aluminum, but my gun doesnt care.

WWB is a bit dirty compared to higher qualiity amunition.. but it fits the budget.. cheap

September 13, 2007, 03:45 PM
I like the Wolf and CCI Blazer in my CZ. Wolf is cheap and clean enough for me. If you think Wolf is dirty, try remington. after 1/2 a magazine I was having feeding problems because every part of the inside of my gun was completely black. My feed ramp was chock full of soot.

My 7.62x39 WASR eats whatever is cheapest and polymer coated. I go rapid fire sometimes, so I don't buy laquer coats. I also don't clean my WASR every single time like I should. Usually that means Wolf Mil. Classic HP's (less overpenetration and chance of ricochet if I'm shooting at a car or something).

Never buying lead for my revolver again. that stuff is hard to clean.

NEVER buying Ultramax remanufactured .45ACP again. That stuff is CLEARLY not meant for semi-autos. Now I have 450 rounds to get rid of. Who wants it? :D

September 13, 2007, 03:51 PM
Wolf for semi-auto rifles.

Federal for bolt action rifles at $9.75 for a box of 20 Soft Points (which is pretty cheap for hunting ammo).

Monarch, Winchester USA and Remington UMC for pistols.

Winchester for #7 and 7.5 shotgun shells.

Blazer doesn't work well for me in anything but revolvers.

September 13, 2007, 03:53 PM
I have shot S&B FMJ in my Mini 14, and it was great ammo. It is brass cased, but only like $8 a box.

September 13, 2007, 04:09 PM
WWB for pistols
Remington UMC for brass .223
Wolf for the SKS or for close range practice in .223.

September 13, 2007, 04:11 PM
I use Wolf 62grHP in my XCR. In fact Robinson Arms uses Wolf to test their rifles. At one time they had a blurb on their site stating that wolf will work, and not harm their rifle.

XCR has a chromed chamber and barrel, much stronger locking bolt and more robust extractor than a AR type rifle.

I also use Wolf etal on my ComBloc weapons.

Everything else will use, Milsurp or almost any of the generally available ammo.

Go figure


September 13, 2007, 05:10 PM
Out of what you gave me i choose brown bear. 6 bucks for 20 rounds of 54r. Cheapest that i can get without going to milsurp. Also is non corrosive so i dont have to worry about that junk.

September 13, 2007, 05:50 PM
If I have to buy for the pistols, I generally go with Blazer as mentioned. Wolf is good for the 7.62x39. For the old russians I just sort of keep an ear to the ground for bargains, ATM I still have almost a thousand rounds of "olympic" in 54r I picked up cheaply.

September 13, 2007, 06:06 PM

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