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Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by Sugar Land, Sep 11, 2013.
Pro's and Con's?
After 38 years of shooting I have tried steel once and aluminum once.
As I understand it, Aluminum and Steel casings are not reloadable. They are cheaper to manufacture but because they don't have any value after having been shot, they are more expensive to shoot if you're a reloader. Some bloc manufacturers also coat their steel cased cartridges with lacquer or polymer to help protect from corrosion and aid in chambering. The lacquer/polymer vaporizes upon firing and deposits on the inside of the bore and chamber and quickly causes fouling and subsequent malfunctions. For wide tolerance guns like the AK its no problem, but it will cause stoppages in guns like the AR where the pieces fit together much more tightly. A lot of pistol ranges will insist you police your casings if you shoot aluminum like CCI Blazer. Some won't allow it at all.
Some ranges will not let you shoot them.
May use cheaper and dirtier powder.
Other than that, I know others have had problems with them but I have not. No instances of lacquer build up or ruptured cases.
(now I guess it's time to start the AK vs. AR and is a lot of 9mms better than a few .45s discussion.)
I've never had a problem with steel or aluminum. Some manufacturers will void your warranty if they find out your using it.
No problems with either steel or aluminum. I reload so I avoid them both generally. They tend to burn dirtier so allow for that but they are cheaper than brass also. Buy brass and sell the empties.
About all I shoot out of my ARs is steel case. I haven't had any problems with it. I've even gone over 1000 rounds with nothing more than a little lube on the BCG and no cleaning.
You talking to me?
I understand the steel issues. I just have not tried the aluminum. The cost seems to be quite a bit cheaper and if reload issues are the only ones that comes with it then that is ok by me.