Wal-Mart now has TulAmmo in 45acp. This is steel cased, boxer primed, polymer coated ammo, which, at today’s ammo prices is about the only bargain out there. Before I stock up on a couple of cases of this stuff, I decided to shoot a little bit and see how my guns react to it. I took my stock Norinco 1911 out for a test and it seemed to shoot this TulAmmo pretty well. Below is a 7 shot group fired at 21 feet. Zero was dead on.
After shooting 3 mags of 7 rds ea. I examined the primers in the spent shells for pressure signs. Fired primers were flat, but not stressed to the point of over pressure.. I’m guessing these are full house loads that equal brass cased 45s from U.S manufacturers:
I ran the fired cases through my RCBS carbide sizer die and the spent primers popped right out:
I found my stash of 45 230 grain ball tips and loaded 6 grains of Unique with CCI pistol primers:
The result looks similar to the factory ammo:
These two rounds are factory TulAmmo on the left…. and one of my reloads on the right. Notice the factory round has a slightly rounder profile bullet while the hand loaded tip is a bit more “pointed”. .Just a tiny bit of difference in the profile. Also, on the reloaded case, notice the pressure on the polymer coating where the sizer die squeezed the case back into shape. The coating did not peel or come off, you just notice that the case has been resized:
I’m not sure how many times steel 45 cases can be reloaded….but since 45acp is not a high pressure round like a 9mm or 357, I’m going to try for 5 times and see what happens.