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Monarch 9mm Brass vs. 9mm Steel Rounds

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Scott in Houston, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. Scott in Houston

    Scott in Houston

    Oct 6, 2009
    At Academy, the Brass is 11.99 for 50 rounds and the steel is 9.99 per 50 rounds. Why is the steel less? Is it because you can't reload a steel hull?
  2. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    That would more than likely be the reason; reloadable v. non-reloadable. Plus, brass v. steel. Made in Boznia v. made in Russia.

  3. stengun


    Nov 20, 2004
    Bugtussell, AR

    Gee, maybe because steel is about $.03/lb and brass is about $4.00lb.

  4. 2afreedom


    May 6, 2007
    The South
    Unless you're a reloader use the steel and save some cash to shoot more. Guarantee the paper you're punching won't know the difference.
  5. Scott in Houston

    Scott in Houston

    Oct 6, 2009
    Through further research, there are some that believe the steel uses corrosive primers and the brass is better quality (not being made in Russia).
    I'm sticking to the brass when I shoot Monarch at all.
  6. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    All modern commercial and military ammo that is being made today use non-corrosive priming, including Russian made ammo. The only way you're going to get corrosive primed ammo is with military surplus made in thad 70's And earlier, primarily from the old Combloc and eastern countries, and primarily in rifle calibers. Much of the earily Makarov and Tokarev surplus ammo imported was corrosive primed. I don't recall any 9x19mm being imported with corrosive primers with the exception of some Czech mil surplus imported by Interarms close to 20 years ago. After WWII Sweden had so much surplus 9mm ammo that they went as far as pulling the bullets, removing the corrosive primers and then reloading it all over again with non-corrosive primers and then repacking the ammo and they sold multi-millions of this ammo on the U.S. market.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  7. Scott in Houston

    Scott in Houston

    Oct 6, 2009
    That's good to know! I was scared away from the steel for no reason other than Internet BS.
    Thanks for setting me straight.
  8. Merkavaboy

    Merkavaboy Code-7A KUZ769

    I just remembered that any Egyptian 9mm (small rectangular 36 round boxes) should be considered corrosive primed.
  9. samuse


    Jul 30, 2008
    South TX
    I have run 5 or 6 thousand rounds of Monarch Steel through a couple of Glocks with no problems. One lot had 4 that didn't fire, but no harm done to my guns. Decently accurate and shoots pretty soft. It stinks too:supergrin:


    Aug 22, 2009
    I shoot it whenI can't find anything else. I was scared away by all the horror stories of steel cased ammo at first also. But then a friend who collect ammo showed me a box of U.S. military ball ammo made in 1943 and it was steel cased. Seems that brass was in short supply so they made steel ammo in .45, .30 Carbine, and .30-06. If it was so terrible and hard on weapons I doubt that they would have used it. The steel in the ammo is softer than your guns internals.
    So no I don't shoot it alot. But if it comes to only having Monarch steel for practice or no practice I have no problems shooting it. I've had a couple of hundred rounds through several of my guns and no problems. And yes it does make the gun smell. So I scrub it down a little better.