Springfield M1A Steel Case Ammo?


July 5, 2010, 12:04 AM
Does anyone know if the Sprgfld M1A accepts steel case ammo? I will be purchasing a M1A very soon and wish to stock on ammo, possibly Silver Bear if the weapon does OK with it. I realize steel is not as healthy as brass but we all eat the things that are not good for us. Thanks in advance for the input.

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July 5, 2010, 12:15 AM
I have the M1A SOCOM II, and it scarfs down and craps out steel case Silver Bear without a hiccup. Honestly, I don't see the point in owning a battle rifle that cannot digest any in-spec ammo you feed it. Not that it's anywhere in the immediate future, but in a SHTF scenario, I want a rifle that will take what I feed it and bark back with "Thank you sir, may I have another?!", haha.

July 5, 2010, 12:22 AM
Working with is one thing, working well is another.... if you can afford an M1A, may I suggest you look at some nice western surplus options like Radway Green and DAG? Not quite as cheap as the cheapest Russian stuff, but military spec/military production, quality stuff, not that expensive (around 45 cents/rd) and incidentally a brass case.

See AIM Surplus for some options.

July 5, 2010, 12:30 AM
Thanks, Z and Chop. I am just building my sons inheritence arsenal. Hope you both celebrated the 234th anniversary of the first American Revolution. God Bless America!

July 5, 2010, 12:40 AM
It WILL eat it and most likely won't give you too many problems... but I WOULDN'T run it through mine unless there were no other choice. Leave the steel stuff for the AKs and Minis, IMO. Quality brass/berdan surplus is about 2 or 3 cents more a shot from what I've been able to find.

Get a spare USGI extractor or two. ;)

July 5, 2010, 12:49 AM
1KPerDay, .36 and .43, respectively, is closest steel vs. brass comparison I can find. Those results are courtesy of ammoengine.com, which I've found to be darn reliable. 7 cents adds up fast. Please let me know if you can find some brass case in the 2 cent ballpark of cheaperthandirt.com's Brown and Silver Bear. I agree entirely about the extractor, though. Get a whole other bolt if you can spring for it.

July 5, 2010, 12:51 AM
Oh, and yeah, GOD BLESS THIS GREAT NATION! (But be eternally vigilant against the wolves of tyranny)

July 5, 2010, 12:56 AM
$.32/rd but I wouldn't run this (corrosive)

$.36/rd and I would run this.

$.45/rd shipped; DAG is great ammo.

July 5, 2010, 01:02 AM
I took a look at AIM Surplus offerings. The German ammo was very impressive. I do like the nickel coated projectile. Thanks for that one. Added that site to my favorites. I too am a CTD customer. Thanks again for all the input. I am currently toying with a 1927A1 Thompson from Kahr. I have bought enough spare parts to completly rebuild it. Will probably do the same for the M1A. My investment advice: Buy more ammo. Pull High.

Red State
July 5, 2010, 02:00 AM
Yes, the M1A will handle steel cases like Silver Bear ok. But, with that said I wont be buying any more.

The cost difference is not that great and I got tired of not being able to switch from steel to brass cases without having to scrub my chamber first.

July 5, 2010, 02:42 AM
1K, thanks for the ammo site reference! Have you dealt with these guys? How's shipping costs? Thanks.

July 5, 2010, 08:17 AM
Kinda like running cheap low octane gas in a Corvette

July 5, 2010, 11:06 AM
No, as soon as you run steel-case in that M1A, you will break your firing pin and extractor. :p

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