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Brown Bear 9mm ammo?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dollar An Hour, Feb 20, 2009.

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Considering cost, what's your opinion of Brown Bear ammo for practice?

  1. Good practice ammo, and a good value in today's market

    66.7%
  2. Spend another buck or two a box for brass cased ammo

    33.3%
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  1. Dollar An Hour

    Dollar An Hour Member

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    Any experience with this steel cased stuff? Is it underpowered or more likely to contain squib loads?

    I understand it's made by Barnaul in Russia. Barnaul's rifle ammo is good stuff.

    This would be practice ammo for my Glock 19.
     
  2. Dirtpile

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    It's OK. Dirty as all hell but it works.
    I'm a little more partial to Golden Bear (brass plated steel case) since it's less likely to wear the extractor.
     
  3. grimjaw

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    I didn't vote because the price has become jacked up so high I don't consider it a "value" anymore. But other than being exceptionally dirty, it does work fine for practice ammo.

    jm
     
  4. broken

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    the steel case myth,?

    i was reading a few years back in the posts on here of somebody saying the wolf,bear steel case was a soft steel and their glock and another pistol were fine after multiple thousands of rounds.no extractor wear.some somebody else had a extractor ripping through the cases but the 2 or 3 shops im able to visit every month sells the crap out of it when they get it,no problems.havnt seen brown bear 9mm in years.
     
  5. bluetopper

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    If you don't reload why not. Ammo made at the Barnaul plant is the best Russian ammo there is.
    I used to shoot a ton of it before I started rolling my own. No ill effects.
     
  6. wcwhitey

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    I buy Barnaul ammo anytime I can, a good value, good for long term storage. Bill
     
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    I had great luck with silver bear 9x18 and .308 . I am currently working my way through 1000 rounds of brown bear 7.62x39. I would net hesitate buy any "Bear" ammo.
     
  8. Keeterbird

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    I had a recent problem with Barnaul in my sig P6. It is the first problem I ever had and I have put about 600 down the pipe. I had a round and the slide did not put the bullet into battery. I had to force it out by pushing on the recoil spring guide. I was confused. A gun expert told me it was the steel case. The discussion that ensued seemed to go along those lines. I was convinced, until I got home and looked at the round. There was a score around 75% of the bullet. I examined carefully and the jacket was just a tad too thick on the bullet. I am back to steel cases.
     
  9. putteral

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    My Ruger KP95 will not feed Brown or Silver Bear ammo reliably. It is the only ammo it won't feed. I use to buy it before I got back into reloading. It is quite dirty also.
     
  10. KBintheSLC

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    The steel they use at Barnaul is very soft compared to any of the steel components of any modern firearm. I love their rifle ammo, so I assume their pistol stuff is good too.
     
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