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Quality of Tula ammo?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by borrowedtime69, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. borrowedtime69

    borrowedtime69 Well-Known Member

    I am currently shooting Federal blue box, .223 Rem, 55 gr, soft points that have a muzzle velocity booked as 3240 FPS. the only other ammo that fits that i am looking to buy at a lower cost, is a Tula .223 Rem. that matches the 3240 FPS.

    My question is, is Tula of a decent quality, knowing ahead of time it wont be all that great, im just looking to match ballistics for a cheaper cost.

    Thanks all!

    OARNGESI Well-Known Member

    shooting steel case is a personal decision. i shoot tula in a colt ar15 and have never had any issues. buy a couple boxes and try for yourself.

    ive shot tula/wolf in 223 5.45 7.62x39 308 45 40 and 9mm in my guns they all worked fiine with the exception of one round of 40 s&w
  3. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Tula is of sub-par quality. And it isn't just a matter of brass vs steel case, Tula is cheap. Not inexpensive, cheap.

    Some people like it for blasting/generic training ammo, others say it's good for practicing malfunction drills.
  4. CZ9shooter

    CZ9shooter Well-Known Member

    A buddy of mine picked up some in 45 auto to run throug his XD a few weeks ago. In just a few mags he had maybe three failures to fire. The gun, however, is new to him, so I suppose there is an outside chance of it being a gun related problem. I'm betting not though. At least one of the rounds was chambered a second time and still did not fire. I personally think Tula is just plain junk.
  5. blahpony

    blahpony Well-Known Member

    I've used Tula 9mm. I had a FTF with one round out of 1000. Just a small puff of smoke at the back of the gun.

    It's not the cleanest ammo, either.
  6. Flashcube

    Flashcube Well-Known Member

    Run thousands of rounds of the stuff through my M1A, FAL, PTR, AR, VZ58, AK, 1911s, ect, ect... I had one round blow the primer out of it's pocket and jam up the FAL, but that was the only failure I've ever seen with it. (Still not sure how it even happened...)

    It's about all I feed my rifles these days. Even my CZ 527 likes it, every round seems to chamber and extract the same... not so much with the white-box Russian.
  7. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    I should mention...I buy TulAmmo for my Glocks. I guy anything and everything for them. TulAmmo, Brown Bear, Silver Bear, whatever. Runs just fine.

    But in an AR...doesn't seem to do as well.
  8. JonathanE

    JonathanE Well-Known Member

    Tula 223 in my Del-Ton kit (good cheap ammo in a good cheap rifle!) is great. 55gr HP or FMJ. I've never had a failure to feed or eject, and never had one fail to fire. They shoot (in my barrel anyway) consistantly tighter groups than American Eagle, Federal 193s, or Lake City 855s.
  9. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    If you want to match ballistics at a cheaper cost then shoot the heck out of some tula and never back.
  10. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    As with most things, you get what you pay for. Tula is the cheapest ammo you can buy most of the time, dirty and usually not very consistant. If all you do is blast away and hope most of them go bang then it will be suitable.
  11. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    I have never had a tula round fail to go off. Maybe it only happens in teir 1 guns?
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012
  12. Swampman

    Swampman Old Fart

    I don't know about .223, but my understanding is that the Tula USA 7.62x39 currently coming into the US is actually being manufactured at the Ulyanovsk Machinery Plant. They have a much better reputation for quality ammunition than the Tula factory.
  13. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    I had one pierced primer in a Tula 7.62x39 round. Bought 1 box to try. The Uly is good ammo, the stuff I shot was pretty sooty.
  14. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    Is Tula 7.62x39 considered less reliable than Wolf or Monarch? After about 500 rds., there is no difference in my Norinco SKS.
    I don't use Tula in other guns (.308, or M2 Ball: not available) because it is not reloadable, if produced in those calibers.

    I've never had a single ftf in this SKS with the Tula, or over 2,000 rds of Wolf and Monarch. But in the older Ruger Mini 30, about one round in every two or three boxes needed a second pin strike, and this is a well-known characteristic of the hard primers in soft US guns.
    Maybe none of our rifles have free-floating firing pins.
  15. jackblack86

    jackblack86 Well-Known Member

    shoot tula all the time very happy with it
  16. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Not with this shooter. It runs just fine. No malfunctions.

    But, then again, I'm shooting it out of a Maadi, so ill probably NEVER see a malfunction! It's also fairly accurate, too.

    But, I could see where an AR15 would choke on steel.
  17. BemidjiDweller

    BemidjiDweller Well-Known Member

    I just finished my first case of 7.62x39 TULA, ran perfectly fine in my AK. I've shot the 9mm stuff too and it worked.
  18. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    1/2" at 100 out of my Mini Mauser, doesn't seem "sub-par". No malfunctions out of a WASR or Maadi. Maybe it's the rifle you are using?
  19. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    I would like to try some Tula but have so much Wolf that I purchased when it was under a hundred bucks a case as well a cases of Barnaul that I'll probably never even get thru. Might pick up a few boxes of Tula at the next gun show just to give it a go.
  20. mberoose

    mberoose Well-Known Member

    Just remember, if it doesn't run right, blame the ammo, not the gun. Nevermind all the people that run it without issue, it's the ammo's fault!!!!


    Tula/Wolf is fine for range duty. People knock its' accuracy like they're expecting match-grade, but at 5 bucks for a box of 20 (.223 or 7.62x39), I'd look more closely at those peoples' expectations & delusions of grandeur than the ammo. You get what you pay for. Sure, once in a great while you may get one that's a little underpowered that causes a stovepipe, but I've shot thousands and thousands of rounds of the stuff in various calibers without it driving me nuts with malfunctions or issues, even the pistol calibers. Sure, it's dirtier, but.....I clean my guns, so it makes no difference.

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