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Steel Case ammo: 9mm by Winchester

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by RicInOR, May 12, 2016.

  1. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  2. nammac

    nammac I-5 Corridor - West of Portland Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Interesting choice, if you don't reload...

    Personally, I'd pay a buck or two more to get the brass cases, so I can reload 'em...

    But a nice alternative to foreign produced steel case ammo...
     
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  3. ChiefBoatsret

    ChiefBoatsret Seattle New Member

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    Can't use steel at the range I use.
     
  4. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I had thought the reason to not use metal cases was because of the wear on your ejector but after watching the below video, it looks like foreign imported ammo is worse for your barrel then anything else.

    I've only ever shot steel cased ammo out of an SKS, otherwise I do not reload but collect the brass because I will at some point down the line.

     
  5. DONOTBUGME

    DONOTBUGME Auburn, WA Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Lucky gunner tested steel vs Brass and the costs of running 10,000 rounds of each through the same type of ARs. In the end it was still cheaper to replace 2 barrels while going through 10,000 rounds of steel than to purchase 10,000 rounds of federal brass ammo. Replacement barrels were priced at $250 a piece.

    http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/brass-vs-steel-cased-ammo/
     
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  6. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Did they factor in the worth of 10k of brass sold to a reloader?
     
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  7. DONOTBUGME

    DONOTBUGME Auburn, WA Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    No, it does not look like they factored in selling the 10,000 rounds of brass to a reloader. They also did not factor other parts that may wear faster because of steel (but they did cover the wear on those items in the report).

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    throat-erosion-table-sunday-e1357505951456.png Reliability-table-Sunday-e1357506241973.png
     
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  8. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Tigard Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I don't shoot anything other than brass. I don't reload, I just want my guns to last as long as possible.
     
  9. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Do they let you collect your brass?

    If they don't, then it is probably because they collect it themselves.

    I would prefer steel for practice ammo. I can then use a magnet to pick it up.

    For self-defense ammo I would prefer brass, but very few manufacturers make good self-defense ammo with steel or aluminum cases anyway.
     
  10. CHLChris

    CHLChris Portland Metro East Love me some guns! Bronze Supporter

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    The problem with this "economical" ammo is this: Go ahead and find it retailing somewhere for less than brass-cased ammo. It is the same price or higher than other bulk ammo. I'd rather buy Magtech brass than Winchester steel, especially when the WinSteel costs MORE!

    The moment WinSteel is the same or cheaper than Magtech, I'll go for it. Until then, gimme American Eagle or Magtech.
     
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