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    I save the steel and aluminum for places that won't let me pick up my own brass. Outside of that, it's brass all the way for reloading.
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    I too prefer brass because i reload. I've put plenty of steel cased brass through my AR-15 and it's fine, the only knock I've heard about steel cased ammo is that it's hard on extracters. I can't say I've seen the negative effects on anything I own though.

    Also....my local range doesn't allow steel cased ammo on the range. I'm not sure why that is, but they don't.
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    If you are not reloading, steel works.
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    Can't say. I avoid anything but brass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy View Post
    I too prefer brass because i reload. I've put plenty of steel cased brass through my AR-15 and it's fine, the only knock I've heard about steel cased ammo is that it's hard on extracters. I can't say I've seen the negative effects on anything I own though.

    Also....my local range doesn't allow steel cased ammo on the range. I'm not sure why that is, but they don't.
    My personal experiences supports the “hard on extractors” theory. My Colt HBar, has been through several extractors. When the extractor goes south the first fte happens when using steel case. I have found that cleaning the chamber will allow me to continue to use steel case, but I will quickly end up replacing the extractor. I can run brass by the thousand and not have problems. My remaining steel case will be used in the bolt gun until it is gone.

    Brass expands and contracts quicker than steel or aluminum, and has a longer reusable life. #nomoresteelcaseforme



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    Quote Originally Posted by william View Post

    Brass expands and contracts quicker than steel or aluminum, and has a longer reusable life. #nomoresteelcaseforme



    ymmv
    and in MY opinion thats the biggest issue.
    you generally get some blow by or gas pushing past the case before it completely expands to make a seal.
    I am sure that steel cases cause more wear on extractors, even ejectors because it is harder than brass, but lets understand this is not the steel alloy they build buildings, automobiles or rail road tracks out of, tis much softer than those.
    a good well made steel extractor or ejector I would think should hold up well.
    lets remember while we are here in the good old USA there are a lot of countries, militaries, law enforcement outside our area that uses steel ammo with little or no problems.
    I don't normally shoot steel cased as I reload but I have ran it in a good many weapons both pistol and rifle and don't recall having much if any problem out off my weapons.
    now mostly these days I shoot CZ., Tanfoglio pistols and AR rifles.
    like any ammo it may run fine in your weapon or it may not, heck many times some of the most expensive self defense brass/ nickel cased ammo on the market won't run reliabally though some guns.
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    Only steel cased ammo I use iz 7.62x39 .. My SKS's eat it and my Ruger American does too !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy View Post
    I too prefer brass because i reload. I've put plenty of steel cased brass through my AR-15 and it's fine, the only knock I've heard about steel cased ammo is that it's hard on extracters. I can't say I've seen the negative effects on anything I own though.

    Also....my local range doesn't allow steel cased ammo on the range. I'm not sure why that is, but they don't.
    While I've never used anything but brass, I do see steel and aluminum on the floor of all the indoor ranges we have in ILLinois. The prohibition here is steel CORE projectiles like the green tipped and others as they tend to set the rubber crumb in the backstops on fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    While I've never used anything but brass, I do see steel and aluminum on the floor of all the indoor ranges we have in ILLinois. The prohibition here is steel CORE projectiles like the green tipped and others as they tend to set the rubber crumb in the backstops on fire.

    yep!
    I notice this quite often and it may be true about the steel cases, but its really the steel core ammo that should be the issue.
    the fire hazard that you mention but also to some extent the ricochet (mis spelled that one?) can be an issue where metal deflectors are used in the range.
    MY range prohibits steel core and /or incendiary ammo.
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    I ran across an gun shop indoor range in Miami about 7 years ago, don't remember the name, that prohibited reloads, and only permitted brass cased ammo. Their range floor was grated behind the firing line and extending out about 3 feet in front of the firing line so all the brass would fall below the grates. I just laughed and said I would never shoot there.

    Obviously they profited from reselling brass.
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