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Wolf ammo - is this the 'ammo ban' on the AK-series?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Brass Fetcher, Apr 15, 2006.

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  1. Brass Fetcher

    Brass Fetcher Member

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    Having just checked all of the ammo sites that I know of on the internet and most of my local gun shops, I have noticed one commonality - no Wolf ammo in 7.62x39mm or 5.45x39mm.

    What is your take on this? I think that if the Wolf starts shipping (my only choice that I know of in 5.45mm?) again, that we can all just reflect on what a 'de facto' gun ban in the form of ammunition denial feels like.

    JE223
     
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    I just got 3,000 rounds of Wolf 7.62x39 in. It had been on back order since January. Consider that the Iraqi government is consuming a lot of production and you won't have any trouble figuring out why there's a "shortage".
     
  3. browningguy

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    I don't shoot Wolf but all the shops around here have plenty of Monarch and other brands, all around $2.50-$3 per box.
     
  4. Kenneth Lew

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    How can there be a ban, if you can still buy the caliber through other brands? :rolleyes:
     
  5. gunsmith

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    I wouldn't buy wolf anyway

    smelly excrement imho
     
  6. aguyindallas

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    Guys, we have whipped the holy crap out of this poor decaying dead horse.

    I know this istn something I would actually search BEFORE I posted, but go ahead and do a search just for kicks.
     
  7. Mizzle187

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    For what its work I shoot wolf(all new type) at the range through my RRA CAR A4(close to 2000 rounds) with no noticable negative affects. I shoot Wolf(mostly old stuff) through my sks and AK(close to 4000+ rounds each) with no negative affects. I know thats not the best example but hey. I also shoot Wolf(all new type) through my XD45(close to 2000 rounds) and have seen no negative affects. Does it stink? Hell yes! Is it dirtier than others? Of course but I clean my gun after everytime I shoot. Are there certani guns that hate Wolf? You bet your a**. I have one. My Kel-Tec PLR16. IMO it is almost a sin not to shoot Wolf. One for the price and two I want my AR,SKS,& AK to shoot anyhting out there as they should and they have so far. Since the US shortage of Wolf 7.62x39 others have really stepped up to the plate for us and supplied us with 7.62x39 and at the same time are making some money. God bless them! I have switched to Tiger during these times and it has worked flawlessly!
     
  8. Brass Fetcher

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    aguyindallas,

    Thank you for your insightfull response. The main point of my question was what people thought of the current state of affairs RE Wolf ammo and how it simulates what an ammo ban would look like. Being an absolute newcomer to computers, I will have to head your advice to search BEFORE I post.

    Having searched again, it seems that one thread in about 40 identifies possible causes as the wars in the Middle East and potential stockpiling by Venezuela. Any other ideas?

    I believe that I can buy brass cases for the 5.45x39mm from Lapua (if 5.45x39mm = '.220 Russian'), but they are asking 54 dollars for 100 cases. This effectively makes 1000 loaded rounds at least 650 dollars if you were to load these cases yourself.

    That is good news though that 7.62x39mm is still available to some extent, as are the other high popularity calibers.
     
  9. Mizzle187

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    Its just one of those things. If you dont have numerous guns in numerous calibers which many many people dont(i was one of those people for the longest) it affects you more. Say you have a Ak/SKS(7.62x39) and a 9mm pistol. Shooting a pistol may get old and when you dont have access to ammo for your rifle it sucks. Hell you may have the money to buy ammo but feel that it is irresoinsible to pay the outrages prices for it. I fell for these people I do. Thats why I think its so important to have a rifle and pistol in .22
    I know that that gets old too and you feel the need to shoot somehting high powered. If everyone refused to pay the high prices for it things could change but there are to many people out there that will. Best thing to do is order some Wolf and wait a few months for it to come in.
     
  10. Sewerman

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    There is no wolf shortage here.
     
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    JE223,

    I won't swear to it, but I don't think 5.45X39 is .220 Russian. The price of $54 per 1000 brass seems awfully high as well.
     
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    Wolf?

    I've shot about 1300 rds of Wolf through my WASR 10 in about a month and haven't had any problems. Its tough to tell if its clean or dirty ammo since 500 rounds per range trip would make any AK a little dirty :D . No complaints on accuracy, functionality or price for Wolf. Same with my Mak.

    Would I shoot Wolf in my Glock or 1911 or other pistols.....nooooooo! I regard Wolf as cheap plinking ammo that gets the job done and meant to be fired out of rugged ex-combloc weapons.
     
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    Personally, I think the shortage is just a combination of higher demand in the US and the drying up of surplus ammo in the US.
     
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    I recall a similiar shortage back in 94-95ish.:uhoh:
     
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    Yeah, it's not the same thing at all. .220 Russian is what you use as a base case to make .22 or 6mm PPC. You could always use boxer primed 7.62x39 cases to make brass. That isn't the problem. The problem is the bullets. That caliber doesn't use "standard" .224" bullets. They are smaller. Until you can find a source for bulk bullets in the right diameter, nothing else much matters. And that's why none of the majors offer reloading dies for the caliber either. (That I've ever seen anyway.)

    I would _really_ like to see the round get "Americanized." Maybe a CZ bolt action could be chambered for it. Lee releases dies. Remington and Sierra start selling bulk bullets. Starline releases brass. Then it could all be done!

    Gregg
     
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    I have been talking to a few guys working with the Iraqi Army since the word of Wolf going to them came out. All of them say they are not getting any Wolf. It is either Chinese or Easter Eurpoean ammo, not Russian. So when SHOT came around, I ask the Wolf rep about this. They hemmed and hawed about it. When I called them on the carpet flat out that it was a marketing and sales method (drive up the demand and price so it flies off their shelves when it gets here) one of them looked at me and said, "You dont want product sitting on your shelves do you?" I said that was a crappy way to do business, but they did not deny that this was what they were doing.

    Maybe thats why they wont open us up as a distributor even though we keep trying to throw large sums of money at them.
     
  17. Mizzle187

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    I understand not running Wolf in certain 1911 but not in a Glock? Arent Glocks supposed to be able to handle most everything resonable thrown at them? I know my XD45 loves the stuff and shows no negative affects. Its actually quit scary how accurate it hasd been with the Wolf. People hate it or love it. Most of the hate is from bad rumors though.
     
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    My own personal experience from wolf. It was dirty enough to get my firing pin to gum up causing it to double. Doesn't really bother me though. I still have atleast 4000 rounds of the stuff in my house.
     
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    1. If this is supposed to be part of a de-facto "Assault Weapons Ban", why aren't supplies of .223 or .308 drying up? :scrutiny:

    2. It may be smart to alternate your ammo purchases b/t the "cheaper" steel-cased ammo & reloadable brass-cased ammo. Just in case... :uhoh:

    3. With as many 5.45x39 rifles in country, some smart entrepreneur will market the bullets needed. And 7.62x39 bullets can be found easily. Just look for .311-312 bullets for the .303Brit or 7.65Argentine Mauser.

    4. As long as you reload, you'll never be short of ammo for long... :D
     
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    I can still get 40 rounds of 7.62x39 Winchester ammo for $19.00 at Walmart.
     
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    Those are nice brass reloadable cases you're getting there at Wally World,
    but $20 for 40 rounds isn't really cheap; but I guess I'm just lamenting the
    long gone heyday of $0.08 steel case Wolf ammo.
     
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    AIM's website shows Brown Bear 7.62x39 coming in late April, early May. Sixty-five bucks per 500. Not a super price, but not bad considering the current market.
    -jagdpanzer
     
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    Wolf is still below 10 cents a round for me. 404 shortage not found.
     
  25. Nail Shooter

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    1. If this is supposed to be part of a de-facto "Assault Weapons Ban", why aren't supplies of .223 or .308 drying up?
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    Well the .223 SURE HAS dried up here in MI--it actually disappeared first in the popular WWB and Federal brands. I've seen maybe one case in past 6 or 8 months at the gun shows. Used to be pallet lots of several different brands at the shows. 7.62 x 39 is non-existent too.

    NS
     
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