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Steel or brass 9mm

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by zastavaez9compact, Jan 20, 2013.

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  1. zastavaez9compact

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    Ive shot both through my zastava ez9. It runs fine with both . Through research people seem to favor brass a lot more than steel cases. Ive read steel can wear the gun out faster is this true? Any input is aprreciated.




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    I have also heard that steel cases can wear parts out faster. The steel used for cases is very soft (so I have been told). Recently I came across some information in a book that stated steel cases cause higher pressures than brass. If I can find the book that was referenced in I will certainly cite the source. The big issue with steel IMO is that it is not reloadable - not more than once anyway. Hope this helps some.
     
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    From a recent test on AR that was published, Bimetal bullet jackets (usually found on steel cased ammo) will wear out the barrel faster, but difference in cost may purchase 2 barrels. The steel case has been blamed on more wear on extractors, but again extractors are usually very cheap to replace. I suspect today, you use what you can find with the current ammo shortage.
     
  4. zastavaez9compact

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    very good insight

    that makes sense to me, shoot was i can find. thanks
     
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    223 I have load steel cases several times.
     
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    thanks a lot , that is a very detailed comparison. That is very good input! thanks again
     
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    Although the bimetal jacket wear on the barrels is garnering the majority of the attention in that article, what's also notable is the condition of the extractors and the lack of much difference in the wear.
     
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