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Steel cased .223 work ok in AR's?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Frog48, Dec 3, 2006.

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  1. Frog48

    Frog48 Member

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    Does anybody regularly shoot steel cased .223 in their AR-15? I'm seriously considering getting a Bushmaster (maybe as early as this week), and have noticed that Wolf, Brown Bear/Silver Bear, Monarch, etc imported steel cased ammo is 1/2 the price of American made brass cased ammo.

    Is there any reason that I shouldnt use this ammo in an AR?
     
  2. MikeH

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    I've shot over 2000 rounds of Wolf polymer-coasted ammo out of my DPMS upper. So far, so good.

    One problem I've heard others have was that steel cases wear out the extractor faster. However, with the savings you get, you can buy a lot of extractors.
     
  3. possum

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    i have shot approx 1500rds in my bushmaster ar15 and i had no extractor problems. and even if you did after many many thousands of rounds, extractors are very easy to change out on the ar's, removing the extractor is part of my cleanning process after each range session.
     
  4. 1911JMB

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    The powder in Wolf ammo makes guns real dirty real fast. AR's work when sparkling clean. I remember David Fortier putting over a thousand rounds of wolf through a Carbon 15 Type 97s or whatever its called and it worked fine, but beyond that I would think it would be a bad idea. AR's are delicate machines which jam a lot with regular ammo after a while when they get dirty, and wolf ammo would plug them up pretty fast.
     
  5. BAT1

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    Wolf voids warranty

    The Wolf voids Bushmaster warranty. It's dirty as Monarch. I use Winchester Q3131 5.56 Black Hills 60 gr 223, Local reloads .223 and Guatemalan 5.56, but not Wolf and have never had a problem. Federal Lake city is the ticket in bulk.
     
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    in a perfect world yes it is, but ammo prices on that particular ammo is getting crazy expensive. i don't know about you guys but i am on a budget and 1000rds of that stuff for the price isn't worth it to me. i have gotten pretty lucky in finding some good deals on umc from other people at the range, a couple guys have a whole bunch of it, and no ;longer want to use it either because they got rid of their weapn, or they are into varmint hunting, and want something a little better for hunting.
     
  7. Frog48

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    Does anybody know where this is actually written? Are you sure its not just a rumor? I cant find anything about the topic on the Bushmaster website.
     
  8. Holtzman

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    From the Bushmaster site:
    Article at http://www.bushmaster.com/documents/ammoadvisory.pdf

    I would think that means Wolf is OK, at least for the warranty.
     
  9. Dionysusigma

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    "Bushmaster Firearms, International LLC will not be responsible for the results of careless handling, unauthorized adjustments, defective, low quality, reloaded, or improper ammunition, corrosion, neglect, ordinary wear and tear, or unreasonable use."
    from http://www.bushmaster.com/help/warranty.asp

    Further talk about bad ammo:
    http://www.bushmaster.com/faqnew/content_by_cat.asp?contentid=161&catid=98

    "USE ONLY CLEAN, DRY, HIGH QUALITY COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED AMMUNITION IN GOOD CONDITION which is appropriate to the .223 Rem. caliber of your firearm. We do not recommend the use of remanufactured or hand loaded ammunition because it may damage your rifle. Use of improper ammunition will invalidate your warranty."
    from http://www.bushmaster.com/faqnew/content_by_cat.asp?contentid=134&catid=98

    "THE BEST WAY TO AVOID MALFUNCTIONS (JAMS): 1. Use good quality ammunition from a reliable manufacturer."
    at the bottom of http://www.bushmaster.com/faqnew/content_by_cat.asp?contentid=163&catid=98



    As far as their site goes, though, it looks like they've no information regarding steel-cased ammo anymore. *shrug*
     
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    i see no info about steel cased in my manual, and there is nothing i see that would void the warranty, in the way of wolf ammo. i am still gonna use it regardless.
    what is low quality about wolf ammo?
    my wolf ammo is clean, dry, and in good condition, and is the appropriate caliber for my weapon.
     
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    I guess I must be pretty lucky. The 5 Ar's that I currently own never jam with any ammo I shoot from them. Most of which is wolf. 4 of the 5 were built by me from parts kits but one is a factory bushy. YMMV
     
  12. possum

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    got any pics? i would like to see how you have them set up! 5 that's alot but heck if i could build them i would pobally have em out the wazooo to!
     
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    if you're worried about wolf voiding the warranty, then reloads probably are a good thing to avoid. I can't say for bushmaster, but S&W, Colt and Remington specificly state in the owners manual that using reloads voids any warranty...


    and I would not consider wolf steel case to be low quality. cheap, yes, but not low quality. I have fired 4-5,000 rounds through my colt without a single problem.
    I clean my colt 6920 every thousand rounds or so, which I don't think is more then expected, and the wolf powder is no harder to clean off then any other brand. it just seems to collect faster, and smells funny. Gunscrubber takes it right off and outers foaming bore cleaner takes it out of the barrel. easy enough... especially if I spray it the same day. if it sits for a few weeks it takes a little brushing to clean out the bolt carrier and gas rings.
     
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    My limited AR experience:

    440 rounds, 1 failure to extract
    240 rounds regular ol' Wal-mart .223
    200 rounds Wolf .223

    ~GnSx
     
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    Every few hundred rounds or so....or maybe it's 1000....I'll get a stuck case
    that requires a tap out with a cleaning rod. This is even with paying close
    attention to cleaning the chamber, etc. No big deal.
     
  16. CornCod

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    Spend something on the order of $250 and get yourself a Saiga .223 to shoot cheap ammo. AK's will shoot nearly anything.
     
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    It really depends on the gun. Some work fine with steel cased ammo and some don't.

    I had a Bushmaster that I put 10,000 rounds of Brown Bear ammo through. It worked fine until the extractor finally broke. BUT with the money I saved on ammo I was able buy a new extractor AND a new gun.

    I sold the Bushmaster and bought a new LMT but the steel cases stick in the LMT chamber. You never know.
     
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    My truck is not in any worse condition than the truck your grandma drives. My truck just collects dirt faster from off roadin. And it smells funny from all the cow poo. But other than that it's exactly the same.

    :scrutiny:
     
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    Greetings all. First off, let me say I don't shoot Wolf(in .223). Usually I shoot Radway or Guat for range/plinking use. However, I have read that the biggest problem with Wolf is shooting brass cased ammo after Wolf without a thorough cleaning. It seems the steel casing doesn't expand as much as brass and allows the chamber to get alot dirtier. When shooting brass cased ammo in this dirty chamber it can lead to bent or torn case rims, stuck casings etc. Anyone here had this problem?

    -jagd
     
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    I know that DPMS recommends not shooting steel cased ammo through their ar15's and that's good enough for me....I do shoot it in my AK's and SKS's because I think their extractors are stronger.....
     
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    Are you sure this note is not about a .223 target gun and not a gun that is chambered for 5.56 mm?

    I have used several hundred rounds of Wolf through my Armalite with no problems. I have had problems with only two different types of ammo: Cheap .223 loose in bags bought at a gun show. Primer pockets would fall out of rounds and hang up in the action. - Federal XM193 - It shot okay, but had the same problem with the primer pockets. May have just been the reject ammo. I don't know.

    Wolf, Winchester, S&B M193 have all worked well.
    I guess I did try that Wolf M193 ammo and it tended to short cycle the gun. The gun was dirty at the time though.


    Also, I bought a spare bolt with extractor for the cost difference between a case of Wolf .223 and brass ammo.
     
  22. Frog48

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    That does not specifically exclude any brand of new manufacture ammo. The terms "low quality" and "high quality" are subjective terms, and open to interpretation.

    I guess when I get my AR, I'll go ahead and stock up on Wolf and the like. I'll shoot brass cased ammo regularly, but keep a stock of cheap ammo for a "rainy day".
     
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    You may not break your extractor right away, but I don't want steel on steel in the chamber of my match rifle that costs over a thousand bucks. Would you?? Why skimp on ammo in such an expensive rifle, when it will eventually damage your rifle.:banghead:
     
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    I am pretty sure we are not talking about any shape or form of a match rifle bro. most people here have m4 type rifels, normally used for medium range plinking and range use. i use mine out to 300meters, and in cqb drills. i don't have a "match rifle" i don't need one, i don't shoot competitions, etc. but if i did it would eat only the best blackhills that was the most accurate out of my particualr rifle. most likly the sierra match king.
     
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    i wouldn't. go with the plain jane black hills, or the winny white box 45 grian varmints, they should both be 11 to 13 dollars a box of 50 and 40 rounds, respectively. which is about 20 cents a round.
     
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