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Cheap ammo in AR?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by mdt62, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. mdt62

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    I've been shooting my AR quite a bit lately and its getting a bit expensive. My local gun dealer keeps telling me its ok to run the "cheapest, dirtiest stuff I can find". This would include steel case ammo which I avoid, except for my AK. So what do you guys run? Anyone run the cheapest dirtiest stuff they can find?
     
  2. jrs93accord

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    I will not run any steel-cased ammo in any of my ARs. Never, in the 33 years I have been shooting M16s and AR15s, have I ever run steel-cased ammo in them. For practicing, I will run the cheaper brass-cased ammo like PRVI PARTIZAN, PMC, and AMERICAN EAGLE. I stock up on the Lake City, Federal, and even some British Radway for a "rainy day".
     


  3. Glock21Owner

    Glock21Owner NRA Life Member

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    I've ran thousands of rounds of Silver Bear through my AR's. No problems, accurate and sure fire.
     
  4. plouffedaddy

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    I run Silver Bear in all my ARs. I have a couple with at least 3k worth of this steel cased ammo through them that have never had a failure of any kind. I do clean them frequently though and some say the steel cased ammo makes the bore dirtier--I concur BTW. So, if you run it, pay attention to the cleanliness of the chamber/bore and you'll be good to go.
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  5. Contact

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    I've got a few boxes of good ammo laying around for home defense/tshtf/zombies/yadda yadda, but other than that, I shoot the cheapest stuff the range will let me shoot. They don't let me bring in any steel cased ammo, so TulAmmo and Wolf are both out.
     
  6. smokin762

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    I have recently been buying Federal 5.56 M193 Ball at a local Gun Shop for $5.99 a box.

    They conveniently place the cases of this ammunition by the register. I pick up 4 or 5 boxes at a time. I think it shoots good.
     
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  7. Boxerglocker

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  8. mdt62

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    Pretty close to what I'm paying now. At least I know Im not over paying. We always save our .223...i dont know why as none of us reload. I've thought about it but I've been told its not worth it.
     
  9. Glockdude1

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  10. Sgt.K

    Sgt.K They Just Work!

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    I've fired 1000's of Wolf and Brown Bear through my Colt MT6530 and so far a few 100 in my new DPMS Oracle without a problem, YMMV.
     
  11. Jon_R

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    I have had no issues with Wolf 55 and 62 grain. I read not to mix steel and brass and it some what makes sense so I don't. The theory is the steel does not expand like brass so it does not seal the chamber like brass would allowing more gunk to build up in the chamber so if you shoot off a few hundred steel then swap to brass you might have trouble chambering the brass rounds.

    True or not I don't know but my range trips it is either steel or brass. If steel I clean it before swapping to brass next trip.

    YMMV.

    I also pick up cases of M193 often never hurts to have plenty of it laying around. :cool:
     
  12. A3middie

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    I shoot 62g Silver Bear out of a Sabre upper almost exclusively, no problems at all. That stuff is half way accurate but somewhat dirty. I did a test of 200 rounds of steel and then a mag of brass, had many failures. Pick one but don't mix them.
     
  13. mdt62

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    So we agree to pick one kind of case per range trip and not to mix without cleaning correct? I always clean after shooting anyway so thats not problem. Figure I invested all that money so I should protect it.
     
  14. vtbluegrass

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    I shot a lot of Wolf in my first AR and didn't have any problems just a few extra patched to clean. I don't anymore because I have been reloading since 2006. If you are concerned buy the brass cased stuff on sale and police your brass then you will have it to sell and make up a good portion of the price difference.
     
  15. aptrpl6

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    I shoot Wolf Military Classic and Silver Bear all the time. Thousands of rounds and not one malfunction. Just clean your rifle after you shoot because it is pretty dirty. I haven't noticed any excessive wear, including the extractor.
     
  16. Magelk

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    You were told wrong. 155-175$ per thousand is easy to get to.
     
  17. michael e

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    My AR is 10 years old and never seen a expensive round threw it. Ran few cases of wolf when they used to be 75 /case. Then went to silver or brown bear. No issues with any of them.
     
  18. Jon_R

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    I agree though brass to steel might not be an issue. I don't always clean every trip. :whistling: But I do always have a clean AR ready to go with M193. :cool:
     
  19. country85

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    Walmart here in indiana sell's tula ammo for 4.97 a box, rounds out to 26 cent a round after tax, I've put tons of this stuff in my AR, not one problem, feed your gun what it likes, not bragging but mine will put 3 in one hole at 75 yards, and that's with the cheap stuff, plus the zombies arent gonna care what kind of ammo you are using!!!
     
  20. nimbus

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    I like the steel stuff through my BCM and DD uppers. Never a problem with a few thousand through each. Frankly, I wouldn't own an AR that didn't like steel cased stuff.