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Anything Wrong With using Polymer-Coated Steel Case Ammo in Guns ?

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I know we all like to stock up on ammo best we can, also stay in practice with our weapons. As I am always looking for the best deals on ammo, I keep running across these Russian polymer-coated steel case ammo. Of course in my Mosin-Nagant, I buy this without second thought, I figured it was what it was made to use, but in my other guns I am honestly, quite leary. Now this ammo is non-corrosive, but still I have a hang up with steel case ammo even if it is polymer coated.
I am not going to claim I have the best weapons money can buy, but I think I have good quality weapons, and I don't want to do damage to them trying to save a few dollars on ammo. Is this steel case ammo ok to fire in these weapons?, or would a person be causing undue wear on weapons designed to handle brass-cased ammo? Anyone have an opinion, I'd like to read it, thanks. -dave-
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Also, even though the luckygunner test is a great example - they do draw one possibly erroneous conclusion. The barrel wearout is from the bullets being copper washed steel plated - not copper plated like most bullets. You can find hornaday training rounds that are steel cased, they will cost more than wolf but are a great bargain, that will not run as dirty or cause barrel wear out since they use a real copper jacket on their bullets.

I have primarily used steel cased ammo for training in the past few years, but now that I'm into reloading when I'm out of my current supply I don't think I'll ever buy more.
Are you referring to steel jacketed bullets, our outdoor range doesn't allow the use of steel jacketed bullets during the summer months because of the increased likelihood of starting a range fire (flint and steel). Which has happened on two occasions that I know of. One minor fire and one more serious fire.
he may mean steel cased - but it MOST likely doesn't have to do with the reason he was given - it is most likely because the range is too lazy to pull the steel cases out of the brass when they sell it. (they never heard of a magnet...?) There are several ranges near me that have the same stupid rule... But I pick up my brass so they can ****
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