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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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TulAmmo 45acp...can steel cases stand reloading?

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.

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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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seems like it would hold up better than brass, but is that the case? no pun intended.

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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:22 AM   #3
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I have 2 to 3 reloadings on some of the steel cases. I don't segregate them, they are run through the cleaning, resizing, belling, priming, loading process right along with the brass cases and then I shoot them and start over again.

They may crack (from belling them) at the lip of the case before a brass case would but inspection should catch the cracked ones (I inspect after cleaning, after resizing and again after seating the bullet.

Lots of time you can tell during resizing, belling or bullet seating if/when the case mouth cracks. When resizing I've heard cases (brass, too) crack. When belling or seating the new bullet the I can tell by the difference in the effort required to push the lever/arm down on the press when the case mouth is cracked.

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I have reloaded many many Wolf 223 cases. Onr thing you really have to watch out for is letting them rust if they get any rust on them at all they are junk do not try to save them.

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seems like it would hold up better than brass, but is that the case? no pun intended.
It will not hold up better than brass.
Brass has superior malleability. The steel cases will crack sooner.
It is also harder on your dies and tools. This needs to be taken in account also.

O.P., just be vigilant with case inspection.
You don't want to damage your pistol over $0.05 of steel.

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