Steel cased 30-06? Anyone use it?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by techiej, May 11, 2012.

  1. techiej

    vancouver, wa
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    Got a used Winchester Model 70 in 30-06 and was wondering if there were any issues/problems with regard to running steel cased ammo through this rifle.

  2. deadshot2

    NW Quadrant WA State
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    Are you referring to the "Case" or to the "jacket" on the bullet?

    I wouldn't worry too much about either if you're not planning on shooting hundreds and thousands of rounds. The Steel Cases are difficult to reload because of the different 'spring-back' rate thus the possible need for a custom die. Steel jacketed bullets are usually coated with a gilding metal that reduces the tendency to the tendency for steel to gall steel. The jacket is still thin enough to be deformed and engage the rifling but it's a little tougher than standard brass/copper jackets.

    Steel jackets were pretty much standard during the non-ferrous metal shortages of the WW-II era. Lots of rifles shot the steel jacketed bullets without issue. Given the choice I would probably not but if that's what I had, I would go ahead. Just keep the bore clean and do so frequently.

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