crow my mine is a mini 14. i have seen some wolf boxer primed but most of what i see around here is berdan primed. my ds arms fal says no steel cased at all. there was some bad wolf atound a few years that blew up some guns(you can see pics on the fal files) now there are guys who are using brown/silver bear with no problems.
Heres a rundown on Wolf ammo.
.223 55 & 62 grain FMJ & HP are boxer primed
.223 77 grain HP is Berdan primed
.40 S&W & .45 acp Boxer primed
All 7.62 x39 and All other calibers are Berden primed
WOLF Military Classic
All calibers are Berden primed
I bought a case of Tula .223 and have not yet shot any of it, so I can't comment. I have shot over 1000 rounds of Tula 9mm through my Glock 19 with no problems. Goes bang and is as accurate as any ammo.
The questions is, does steel cased ammo cause more wear and tear on the Mini 14s bolt, extractor, and firing pin?
I'm going to say probably. I have shot and will shoot steel cased .223 in my Mini 14 and AR's. It's not bad practice ammo and its cheap. We do some high volume shooting here and I can get Wolf, Herter's and Tula cheaper then I can reload. Then theres the time reloading large quantity's of ammo. I just don't have that kind of time.
I have not yet had a failure to extract shooting steel, and that will probably kill an extractor faster then anything. Also extractors are a wear part and replaceable. I have an extra one and its spring for my Mini and a couple for my AR's. Most all my extra AR parts were given to me from my smith and the guys I shoot with. So far I have not needed any of them.
OK, managed to get out and try out those 2 boxes of TulAmmo I picked up. And after consideration of the facts surrounding my experience, I'll have to say IT SUCKS! Out of 20 rounds of the 55 gr HP I had one fail to extract, and inconsistent patterns on the target. With the 62 gr FMJ I had 2 fail to extracts, although the patterns were a bit more consistent. And yes, my weapons are always clean before shooting. But they were pretty dirty after a mere 40 rounds of this Russian ammo. You'd think I shot 200 rounds by the looks of the chamber and receiver.
With all 3 fail to extracts, the extractor ripped the lip right off the cartridge, causing me to have to find the missing piece of metal in the magazine before continuing, so I could make sure I wasn't feeding it back into the chamber after extracting the casing with a cleaning rod.
I have 840 rounds of M855 on the way. No more bi-metal or epoxy coated rounds will ever see their way into my Mini again.
i don't use russian ammo because i heard it's terrible for all rifles other than russian, i spend a dollar or 2 more for salt lake city ammo or buy armscor ammo for like 5-6 dollars/20 rounds, it's not as dirty and shoots fine in my mini.
Not having done my research I picked up 200 rnds of Tula FMJ 55 gr at Walmart a couple weeks ago. My local range does not allow steel anything so thus far I have not been able to shoot it. Regardless of how it does I doubt I will buy it again. A couple bucks either way is not worth it to me.
Yesterday I shoot PMC 55 gr 223 back to back with AE X193 55 gr - WOW the 556 rocks!