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Old 03-18-2012, 17:42   #1
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TulAmmo reviews

Wondering what the reviews are on this Russian ammo for the Mini-14? Been shopping around, and besides the M855 LC, this stuff seems to be the most reasonable priced.

Since all the good stuff seems to be sold out for now, figured i might pick up 500-1000 rounds of something semi-consistent. Not looking for anything super accurate, just reliable and semi-consistent.

Can't imagine it not being able to hit man sized silhouette at 250 yds, but thought I'd ask.

Any misfires? And how many out of 100? Any casing issues like cracking, mis-feeding or sticking in the chamber? I know some rifles don't like the coated casings.

Thanks for any help.
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how about hittin a AR 15 ?
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Originally Posted by SublimeBoa View Post
Wondering what the reviews are on this Russian ammo for the Mini-14? Been shopping around, and besides the M855 LC, this stuff seems to be the most reasonable priced.

Since all the good stuff seems to be sold out for now, figured i might pick up 500-1000 rounds of something semi-consistent. Not looking for anything super accurate, just reliable and semi-consistent.

Can't imagine it not being able to hit man sized silhouette at 250 yds, but thought I'd ask.

Any misfires? And how many out of 100? Any casing issues like cracking, mis-feeding or sticking in the chamber? I know some rifles don't like the coated casings.

Thanks for any help.
Its a get what you pay for thing, they shoot fine for me but 1 or 2 out of every 20 round box ends up with some odd issue.
I just get 55gr 223 federal ammo from walmart for plinking.
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Originally Posted by Ruger View Post
how about hittin a AR 15 ?
Sure! Nice of you to volunteer me a target. Just set out there about a hundred yards, and I'll hit it all day long with my Mini-14.

How about we get back to my original question? How does the Mini-14 take to the TulAmmo rounds?
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Originally Posted by WES213 View Post
Its a get what you pay for thing, they shoot fine for me but 1 or 2 out of every 20 round box ends up with some odd issue.
I just get 55gr 223 federal ammo from walmart for plinking.
Thanks! That's the kind of info I was looking for. I think I'll go with the LC M855
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I have been shooting a LOT of the Herter's .223 from Cabela's. The first couple of spam cans I got, the rounds were head stamped Wolf. The last two I got, I'm into the second one now are head stamped Tula. I'm 700 rounds of the Tula down range so far out of my Mini 14 and two AR's and so far no issues. Its been decent and cheap practice ammo. I can't reload .223 for the price we have been getting it for.
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I reload so I look for brass cased ammo so I can reload the brass. If you look around you can find brass cased ammo pretty cheap. A LGS in my town had some PMC Bronze for $6 out the door and some AE XM855 for just over $7 out the door. It didnt take long for both to be gone. I grabbed 100rds of each. The pmc brass as well as the lake city brass is good reloading brass.

I have 1911 style recoil buffers on the gas tube and op rod of my mini-14 and it will not cycle tula ammo. Im sure I could take the buffer off the gas tube and it would but they are on there for a reason. Im not willing to change my setup to accomodate steel cased ammo.

I understand the reason some people shoot tula and wolf and thats fine. It gets expensive to stay sharp and proficient with your rifle. Thats one of the reasons I started reloading. Shoot what you bring to the party and when the time comes you will be ready.
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Guess I'll have to pick up a few boxes of the 55 and 62 gr and try it out. I just don't want to buy 1000 rounds and find out it sucks. Only reason I need the cheaper stuff is to amass a cache. Can you imagine what 10,000 rnds of good stuff would cost? LOL

Wish I could reload, but it's not in the cards with so many other expenses at this time.
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tula is good to go. i put 1200 thru my mini14 before i started reloading. no problems at all and i would get 2 in groups. i still have 500 left that i keep on hand just in case i dont have time to reload. just ordered another 500. just stay away from wolf that is berdan primed so you dont have any firing pin issues. read the box or call before you buy aim had some listed as boxer but the box in the picture said berdan.
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I've shot about 400 rounds of it. Only issue I had was one only extracted half way from the chamber, had to pop it out with a cleaning rod. The steel case cracked and let it expand. Oh yeah, and the other important thing, it's accurate.
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I got a 581 with Wilson Buffers front and back that has been flawless running anything I have tried through it. Then I bought 500 rounds of Tula 55gr. coated steel and I had major problems with ejection. It seemed way under powered and any casings that did eject would fall to the ground right next to me. Not normal for the way this gun flings brass 15 feet easy! I have since got chamber brushes and done some scrubbing on the chamber and am going to give this stuff another try. I am going to do some experimenting with this junk and see if it performs reliably through this gun.I probably won't be buying anymore either way! Good idea to buy a couple boxes first and see how it goes for you first. Let us know how it goes.
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i only had a rear buffer on mine and it would launch the cases into orbit. now i just got it back from ruger after having the bolt replaced and did not put the buffer in yet. i ran 100 tula thru it and it did not throw as far.
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The front WC buffer in my 186xx would not allow anything to cycle. Always have one on the spring and have never experienced any issues. Once you find the ammo your mini likes then you can fine tune it with reduced gas bushings. It will still be dependable and cut down on the hard slam of the op-rod on the receiver..................Joe
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Originally Posted by scubadad View Post
i only had a rear buffer on mine and it would launch the cases into orbit. now i just got it back from ruger after having the bolt replaced and did not put the buffer in yet. i ran 100 tula thru it and it did not throw as far.
What is your mini that was serviced by Ruger. The reason I ask if it was a standard "pre ranch". They would have replaced it with a ranch bolt and bolt stop assembly. It was done to mine when they fixed it. Just curious.....Joe
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581 series. the bolt was replaced due to the holdpen lever rubbing a hole in the side of the bolt just forward of the rear lug. wore all the way thru. you could see the firing pin moving.
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Originally Posted by scubadad View Post
581 series. the bolt was replaced due to the holdpen lever rubbing a hole in the side of the bolt just forward of the rear lug. wore all the way thru. you could see the firing pin moving.
Did it look something like this? Just got my ranch rifle back for the same issue. Haven't been able to feed much ammo through it yet since it's return.

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no Tula for me.

Originally Posted by SublimeBoa View Post
Thanks! That's the kind of info I was looking for. I think I'll go with the LC M855
The 62gr M855 LC does great in my Mini Tactical.
And yes you do have to strike when the iron is hot as the price and availability vary. Along with Cheaper Than Dirt you might watch Ammo to Go.
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My mini doesn't like Wolf Ammo at all. That's why I decided to ask about the TulAmmo. My M-44 also does not like Wolf Ammo. About 4 out of 10 rounds won't even feed all the way into the chamber without getting stuck. So I try hard to avoid the rounds with the epoxy coating. Whatever process they use seems to be grossly inconsistent.

Thanks everyone. I'm soaking it up.
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Originally Posted by SublimeBoa View Post
My mini doesn't like Wolf Ammo at all. That's why I decided to ask about the TulAmmo. My M-44 also does not like Wolf Ammo. About 4 out of 10 rounds won't even feed all the way into the chamber without getting stuck. So I try hard to avoid the rounds with the epoxy coating. Whatever process they use seems to be grossly inconsistent.

Thanks everyone. I'm soaking it up.
I think Wolf is made in the same ammo plant as Tula as well as a couple others.
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I've shot probably close to 100 rounds of Tula. The last one had a pierced primer.

I've shot probably close to 10000 rounds of brass and never have been spooked before.
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Originally Posted by Jeff F View Post
I think Wolf is made in the same ammo plant as Tula as well as a couple others.
Interesting.
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yes my bolt looked like yours. tula is made by ulyanosk wolf is wolf. wolf is crap in anything but a russian gun.
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Originally Posted by scubadad View Post
yes my bolt looked like yours. tula is made by ulyanosk wolf is wolf. wolf is crap in anything but a russian gun.
Wolf does not manufacture its own ammo. They have it manufactured to their specifications from Russian ammo plants. I have talked to Wolf ammo techs about the Herter's Wolf head stamped ammo that we bought. They are getting into a lawsuit with a distributer or one of their manufactures over it and they want to get all of the mis boxed Wolf ammo back. I'm thinking the three company's listed in this Bulletin from Wolf are who make their ammo.
http://www.wolfammo.com/pdf/WOLF_Packaging_Alert.pdf
Reading that bullitin it looks like Ulyanovsk makes Tula and Wolf ammo
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i stand corrected. i have not shot any wolf in y mini due to the berdan primers. i have shot wolf in my sks with only one or two bad rounds in a thousand. dont know if wolf has different spec but all the uly/ tula i fired in my mini has been perfect. now the tula 9mm did not go well in my walther p99 but my high point carbine ate every one.
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