I have always used brass ammo in my rifles and never had any type of problems, any of you guys use steel case ammo like wolf or Tula? And if you do what are if any problems.
Very well said as usual.There's stories that lacquered steel cases coating will melt in the hot chamber and cause cases to stick.
First, lacquer doesn't melt. As an experiment get a fired lacquered steel case and heat it up with a torch and see if the coating melts.
Second, if there was a coating on steel ammo that would melt and cause jams, you'd think the Soviets and their allies would have discovered this after shooting billions of rounds of lacquered steel cased ammo in full-auto weapons all those years.
What can happen is the chamber in American weapons can foul due to leakage past the steel case. Steel isn't as elastic as brass and doesn't seal the chamber as well as brass. If your particular rifle does have leakage. it's the fouling that can cause extraction problems.
The reason for these problems is that the Soviets designed their weapons to work with steel cased ammo, and designed their steel cased ammo to work in their weapons.
American weapons were designed with no thought at all to the use of steel cased ammo, just brass.
For those reasons, Soviet weapons have more tapered chambers to aid feed and especially extraction of the less elastic steel cases.
This causes some loss of accuracy due to the design.
American weapons have more straight walled chambers, which work well with brass cases but not so well with steel.
It's the less elastic steel cases that don't contract as much after firing that tend to be harder to extract, and this can prematurely wear extractors.
Bottom line is, if your rifle works well with steel, you have to decide if you'll shoot enough of it to wear out the barrel.
Second, you have to decide if buying and installing a new barrel sooner is off-set by the savings of the cheaper steel ammo.
Thanks for sharing that article. I guess I will continue to stick with factory fresh brass in my Colts since I do a lot of training with them (2600+ rounds in two 6920 MOEs since I got them a couple of months ago).