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Will you use steel ammo in your $1K+ 1911?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Oldnoob, Aug 11, 2012.

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Will you?

Poll closed Sep 10, 2012.
  1. Yes. Tried and will keep use them

    28 vote(s)
    29.8%
  2. No. Tried it and hate it

    3 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. Yes. But I have never try it

    21 vote(s)
    22.3%
  4. No. It just not worth it.

    42 vote(s)
    44.7%
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  1. Oldnoob

    Oldnoob Member

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    As title said. Will you use ammo like Tula, wolf etc in your $1K+ 1911?
     
  2. Walking Dead

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    If you may that much for a 1911 it better be able to without any worries.
     
  3. Sheepdog1968

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    I don't use it in anything I own. I'm guessing firearms are engineered and designed with brass casings in mind (AKs might be an exception). So I use brass casings in my firearms.
     
  4. Auto426

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    Steel cased .45 isn't all that common in my area, and when you do find it there isn't a significant price savings over the lower end brass cased .45 ammo. My most expensive 1911 is my aluminum framed Colt CCO, and I probably wouldn't want to run it through that gun because of the aluminum feed ramp, but I would run it through my 1911's with steel frames. I'm not however going to purposely seek out steel cased ammo to run through my guns when I can readily get decent quality brass cased ammo for just a little bit more.
     
  5. Flashcube

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    My Dan Wesson likes Tula and Wolf. Shoots pretty well with the Tula too.
     
  6. NWcityguy2

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    If I didn't reload I'd shoot steel cased ammo in my DW.
     
  7. mountainman95

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    I don't use steel cased ammo in anything I own.
     
  8. CraigC
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    Negative. I can't see paying that much for a good pistol and then feeding it the cheapest crap that goes bang.
     
  9. NWcityguy2

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    So if non-brass cased ammo didn't exist would you no longer buy the cheapest brass cased ammo based on in now being the cheapest?
     
  10. marksg

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    I agree with mtnman,I don't shoot steel case in anything.

    Plus i reload so I want the brass anyway.:D
     
  11. PONTIACDM

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    I've shot thousands of steel cased rounds over the years. I've used it in all kinds of firearms without an issue. Every great once in awhile, I'll get a failure to fire. I'll keep shooting it until I personally have a bad experience with it.
     
  12. DC Plumber

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    I don't have a $1K 1911, but if I did, I would unless there was an objective study done to prove that no harm will come from using it. I've used them in my Kimber and will in my Sig if I get a deal on them. I reload now, so it isn't too big of an issue at this point.
     
  13. grendelbane

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    Looking at my 1911 collection, I don't see one that costs over $1K.

    Partially, this is a result of inflation.

    If steel cased ammo is hard on anything, its the extractor, and I haven't had to replace an extractor yet.

    So, its not a problem. If I paid over $1K, I would expect it to survive shooting anything on the market. It should be at least as durable as an RIA.:neener:
     
  14. CraigC
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    I'll buy quality ammo, no matter what the cases are made of. In other words, I'm not feeding my guns cheap com-block garbage no matter what they make the cases from. :rolleyes:
     
  15. NWcityguy2

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    So would you shoot Hornady Steel Match?
     
  16. highpower

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    During WW2 The US government produced millions of rounds of steel cased .45 ammo for use in M1911 and M1917 handguns. I believe it was used in the Thompson SMG also.

    Forty years or so ago, I had acquired a couple of thousand rounds of it and shot most of it up in my US property 1911-A1. It shot fine and didn't seem to hurt it any.
     
  17. RickMD

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    I'd shoot steel only if there was absolutely nothing else available. The savings involved in shooting cheap steel crap isn't worth it. I wouldn't even shoot it in my beat up GI RIA.
     
  18. CraigC
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    Are you offended that I choose not to use steel cased ammo and now just want to create an argument?
     
  19. NWcityguy2

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    Don't be so thin skinned. This is a discussion forum, people come here to discuss things. If your preference has nothing to do with what the case is made of, would you shoot match grade steel cased ammo?
     
  20. conhntr

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    Depends on the pricing. Right now im getting good deals on aguila brass For 33c per round. The best i can find steel is 29c which isnt much of a savings. If it opens to mor elike 10c per round i could shoot 1000 rounds of steel for the price of 700 brass?? I probably wiuld go for steel. My ar cost over 1000 and i shoot steel in it becuase it is 15c cheaper!
     
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    The 1911s in my safe together cost just barely over $1K, but i'd feed a High end gun the same as have the two phillipine made "donor slide and frame sets" I have now. Meaning I would try different types of factory ammo in each gun and find out what it would and would not "eat". both of my current 1911s will naturally happily digest any 230gr FMJ loads I feed them regardless of case material, as others have said in a properly built 1911 the only part truly at risk with steel case ammo is the extractor and really that's only if something else is out of whack. the only steel cased ammo either gun (both in point of fact) had trouble with was the Hornady steel match, the HAP hollow point is a little too open for them to feed reliably.
     
  23. h0use

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    I'll shoot steel ammo in any of my guns. My kimber has no problems with steel.
     
  24. ApacheCoTodd

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    No for me but for what it's worth, I have a bunch of U.S. steel cased Ball from 43-44 time frame back when we were also making steel pennies to conserve brass/copper-whatever for other uses.

    I'd be curious to know what real combat vets from WWII thought of it at the time.
     
  25. maroast

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    I shoot steel ammo out of my DW all of the time... I really don't see the problem with it at all. What gripe do people have with shooting steel ammo? Is it harder on the gun? Not as accurate? I’m interested to know....even though it wont change my practice at all. I don’t put premium gas in my car either… it runs fine on 87oct.
     
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