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Wolf 9mm Ammo and Sig P226?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by peck1234, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. peck1234

    peck1234 Well-Known Member

    Hey guys recently picked up a first pistol. Sig P226, and would like to save some $$ for my target shooting.

    Is shooting the wolf steel polymer ammo ok with my sig?
  2. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Well, the Wolf ammo is not polymer, it is steel cased.

    And yes, your Sig will be just fine with it.
  3. 3twelves

    3twelves member

    Would you run 87 octane in a Ferrari?
  4. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

  5. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Not really the same comparison. This would be more like running 87 octane in a Lexus. It will handle it just fine, but also likes some higher grade fuel on occasion.
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    It might choke and hiccup on that ammo. Buy the premium stuff. lolz
  7. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    It will be harsh on lungs and eyes if shot indoors and the gun will have to be cleaned more thoroughly but it should function fine.
  8. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    You're being generous.
  9. LightningMan

    LightningMan Well-Known Member

    I've got a Sig 226 in 9mm and have had no problems shooting the steel cased ammo in it, like Wolf or Tulammo. Unlike some other pistols I have, which will sometimes choke on that stuff. My 226 is one of the few pistols I own that has yet to have any malfunction what so ever regardless what ammo I have used. If your old enough to remember, think of the old TimeX watch slogan. LM
  10. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I shot a bushel of Wolf (pre-polymer coating) through a SIG P228 before I realized it wasn't stylish. :p It all fed, fired and shucked just fine. The only thing I didn't like about it was the stinky-burning powder, like singed hair.
  11. 3twelves

    3twelves member

    I don't like running steel in a $500 pistol nevermind a $1000 pistol. The one time I did try a box of tula it was under powered and would barely cycle. Plus the whole reloading thing.
  12. Rubber_Duck

    Rubber_Duck Well-Known Member

    Steel cases are not the issue for me. Steel jackets are. The copper jacket is really a very thin copper washing on the bullet for corrosion resistance but once the bullet engages rifling the lands and grooves will cut through the copper and into the soft steel, theoretically wearing your barrel faster than capitalist bullets. On a chrome-lined barrel it's hardly an issues.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012
  13. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    I've put a bunch of steel case through my handguns. Never a problem. But they are reliable, durable, and rugged like that.
  14. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I think the "soft steel" is sintered iron.
  15. Hacker15E

    Hacker15E Well-Known Member

    No problems shooting steel. There is still yet to be any -- any -- documented evidence of steel-case or bi-metal jacketed ammo noticeably increasing wear on any part of the firearm. If you hear such comments, I recommend you ask to actually see the evidence (because they're probably repeating a gun-store rumor they read on the internet); I'm interested in seeing the evidence if someone has some, and thus far there has been precisely zero produced.

    More importantly, if there is some produced, it must be evaluated within the context of all the other evidence. Given the metric crap-load of steel-case/bi-metal jacket ammo that has been shot in the US over the last 20-30 years without widespread wrecking of firearms, a couple of documented cases of increased/extreme wear would be outliers. Bottom line: there is a lot of evidence that it won't do any more damage than any other type of metallic cartridge material and essentially zero evidence to the contrary.

    As has been mentioned, Wolf and Tula aren't exactly 'quality': their charges may not be consistent, it might be dirty, it might not be all that accurate at distance. For professional or precision shooters, it most certainly is not the ammo of choice because of those factors. If you are a competitive shooter or a LE/military professional looking for duty ammunition, I'd definitely look elsewhere.

    For the vast majority of recreational shooters, however, it is perfectly adequate and comparatively inexpensive.

    BTW, for the 'it can't be reloaded crowd', they most certainly can be reloaded. The Wolf/Tula 9mm cases are berdan primed, which makes them unreloadable for the vast majority of reloaders who are not set up to do berdan (it has nothing whatsoever to do with the steel).

    The .223 and .45 cases, however, are boxer primed and reload very nicely.

    Last edited: Dec 10, 2012
  16. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    I shot a rubber reactive target and it caught one of the .45acp tulammo slugs. It has all the copper still in place
  17. brnmw

    brnmw Well-Known Member

    No I would not and being a diehard Ferrari fan even I have to say that the Sig 226 would be more durable than a Ferrari on 87 Octane.
    The Sig 226 is one of the most reliable/durable pistols on the market and I would not hesitate to use the Wolf brand ammo in it. (oh, and unlike Ferrari it won't void the warranty! :D )
  18. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    I see a lot of it at our range. Your gun will work fine but I have seen a potential for issues where the lacquer on the casings can come off and buildup in the chamber causing some minor feeding/extraction problems down the line. This usually occurs when there is a lot of rapid firing and the barrel is very hot. Scrub out the chamber after you are done shooting and you should be good to go. I did have a customer last Sat. that had a new XDm 9mm and the Tula Ammo did not function well out of his magazines. I gave him some of my reloads and the gun ran perfectly. He finished the Tula and is going back to brass in the future.
    Personally I would opt to pay a little more for ammo and get brass casings, but, that is me.
  19. otasan56

    otasan56 Well-Known Member

    Your Sig

    will handle the Wolf ammo all right. :D
  20. sakata8242

    sakata8242 Well-Known Member

    I would hardly compare a base model P226 to a Ferarri. It's a service grade pistol, not a race gun, and if it won't handle cheaper aluminum or steel cased commercial ammo there's something wrong with the gun. Thousands of rounds of aluminum & steel cased ammo in all my SIGs and never had a problem.

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