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Old December 3rd, 2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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Newbie question - Do they help with wear, or cause more problems?

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Only the casing is polymer coated. The bullet is the copper colored part on your picture.

The Wolf cases are steel then given a dry polymer coating. They are dirtier and a little less consistant than other brass cased ammo, but they usually run fine. I have shot tens of thousands of rounds of Wolf through multiple different guns without issue.

What gun are you planning to run it through?
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Taurus PT140

I guess my question is, what is the advantage to the polymer
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very dirty stuff, but I would think it would be fine as long as your very anal on cleaning the gun. I have had a couple gun shops recommend not using it though...
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I guess my question is, what is the advantage to the polymer
There is no "advantage" it's just the way they make steel cased ammo. Obviously steel is harder than brass so the polymer helps to keep the case from rusting during storage and feeding while shooting. The stuff is cheap, if you don't plan to keep the cases to reload just shoot the wolf.

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very dirty stuff, but I would think it would be fine as long as your very anal on cleaning the gun. I have had a couple gun shops recommend not using it though...
It isn't that bad. I have shot the hell out of this stuff through my Glocks before I started reloading. My AK has over 10k rounds through it without cleaning. Granted it's an AK and they will shoot about anything, the inside isn't that dirty. I used to only clean my AR every 2k rounds or so and shot a ton of wolf through that gun as well.
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It isn't that bad. I have shot the hell out of this stuff through my Glocks before I started reloading. My AK has over 10k rounds through it without cleaning. Granted it's an AK and they will shoot about anything, the inside isn't that dirty. I used to only clean my AR every 2k rounds or so and shot a ton of wolf through that gun as well.


I have heard that it will gum things up more than just be dirty I guess is what I meant to say. But honestly, they scared me away from shooting them so I don't have actual proof.
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You are correct that it IS dirtier than other options, but it isn't so bad that you have to be a cleaning nazi with it.
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Really depends on the tightness of your action, chamber, etc...

My Kahr probably would not like them, mostly because it's picky, but mosts glocks would NOM NOM NOM just about anything.
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they actually shoot suprisingly well out of my xd.
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steel cased ammo does not expand and seal the chamber like brass cased does. this allows the super dirty powder wolf uses to get between the case and the chamber walls. the polymer is supposed to help keep it from sticking. most people usually only have a problem when switching from steel to brass, the brass expands in the dirty chamber and sticks. i have shot thousands of wolf rounds out of my mak 90, g23 and ar15 with good results, but i am anal about cleaning them.
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steel cased ammo does not expand and seal the chamber like brass cased does. this allows the super dirty powder wolf uses to get between the case and the chamber walls. the polymer is supposed to help keep it from sticking. most people usually only have a problem when switching from steel to brass, the brass expands in the dirty chamber and sticks. i have shot thousands of wolf rounds out of my mak 90, g23 and ar15 with good results, but i am anal about cleaning them.
Mic an unfired steel case and a fired one. They expand just fine.
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Mic an unfired steel case and a fired one. They expand just fine.
really? have to check that out.
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Really, you should be cleaning the weapon after a day of shooting anyway so you shouldn't have a problem. I've used Wolf numerous times because it's cheap. I've never had a problem. But like I said, I clean my weapons after shooting them too. I never leave a weapon dirty. Then again, I use mine for work and my life could depend on it so I guess I'm picky.

They way I see it, it takes less than 10 minutes to do a decent cleaning so I just do it.
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Really, you should be cleaning the weapon after a day of shooting anyway so you shouldn't have a problem. I've used Wolf numerous times because it's cheap. I've never had a problem. But like I said, I clean my weapons after shooting them too. I never leave a weapon dirty. Then again, I use mine for work and my life could depend on it so I guess I'm picky.

They way I see it, it takes less than 10 minutes to do a decent cleaning so I just do it.
no kidding. who would spend 1100 dollars on a rifle and then not bother to clean it?
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The stuff jams my Marlin .44 mag every time. It is not the easiest to tare down to unload.
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It isn't that bad. I have shot the hell out of this stuff through my Glocks before I started reloading. My AK has over 10k rounds through it without cleaning. Granted it's an AK and they will shoot about anything, the inside isn't that dirty. I used to only clean my AR every 2k rounds or so and shot a ton of wolf through that gun as well.[/QUOTE]

it fucked up my glock 21, something happened while feeding that caused half the extractor to break off, which in turn allowed the round to chamber but there was too much of a clearance for the firing pin to properly strike it and it would jam.
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The Wolf ammo I've been getting are copper coated steel bullets. It might only be the 7.62 I've been getting, but sanding the copper coat off of the rounds I've been shooting out of my SKS told me that the copper coat is only .001 thick.

I know most dont take a magnet with them everywhere, but my advice would be not to fire this stuff out of expensive rifles like AR's if a magnet sticks to the bullet itself. I was taught that it will contribute to damaging the rifling.
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