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#6145211 - 01/20/16 02:31 PM Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR?
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Any reason not to shoot the Monarch .223 FMJ steel? I have a AR with stainless .223 wylde Barrel. Spikes U & L. I picked up 4 boxes since they were so cheap ($5.50/box), figured they would be good for plinking. No? Yes?
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#6145227 - 01/20/16 02:40 PM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
jdk1985 Offline
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Registered: 08/15/11
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If your gun will shoot them reliably, zero reason not to blast away with them.

Steel tends to stick in guns more often than brass. But if it works, it works. You will find out soon enough if your gun does not like steel cases.

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#6145360 - 01/20/16 04:14 PM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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I've been shooting it for a little while. Probably shot 200 or so through my rifle. I have a RRA NM trigger in mine and occasionally have light strikes with it. I'm sure the issues would go away if I had a heavier hammer spring.
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#6145502 - 01/20/16 05:37 PM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Biggest downside to steel is it can't be reloaded. Probably going to be a little dirtier than some of the more expensive brands and might have some harder primers.

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#6145514 - 01/20/16 05:42 PM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
JRR Offline
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when I bought my first bushmaster years ago wolf ammo was one of their recommended ammunitions and it was only available in steel at the time.

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#6145540 - 01/20/16 06:01 PM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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I've run almost 2k rounds of steel case tula through my colt le6920. Never had any hang ups or misfires. The last 100 rounds I bought was like 240$

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#6145763 - 01/20/16 07:41 PM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
cyphertext Offline
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My only concern would be if the projectile is copper jacketed or bi-metal jacketed. Some of the foreign made steel cased ammo has a bi-metal jacket and is known to increase barrel wear. Typically though, you can afford to replace the worn barrel from the savings you have from buying steel cased ammo.

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#6145816 - 01/20/16 08:04 PM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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I had a problem with tulammo and light primer strikes. My AR didn't like them, specifically the firing pin. I ordered a "ar47 enhanced firing pin" from PSA. Slightly longer than a normal one and made for steel case 7.62\39 ammo. Installed and fired .223 steel case without a light strike after that. It works and the pin was like $10. My 2cents

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#6146129 - 01/21/16 05:55 AM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Works fine for me. Others say it's the end of the world.
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#6146193 - 01/21/16 07:19 AM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
TCB Offline
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Good luck finding .223 in anything but FMJ at Academy right now....at least in the cheap ammo.
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#6146290 - 01/21/16 08:37 AM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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I've shot several thousand rounds of Tula and Monarch from a couple of my rifles without a single issue.


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#6146295 - 01/21/16 08:40 AM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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Cool deal. Im gonna pump all 80 rounds through it this weekend.
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#6146299 - 01/21/16 08:41 AM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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I don't think it's a big deal. Just remember, everything's cheap for a reason.
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#6146305 - 01/21/16 08:43 AM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: Colt W. Knight]
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Originally Posted By: Colt W. Knight
I've run almost 2k rounds of steel case tula through my colt le6920. Never had any hang ups or misfires. The last 100 rounds I bought was like 240$


YIKES!!! Hope that's a typo, If not, I'll sell you some more for a little cheaper. bolt
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#6146543 - 01/21/16 10:40 AM Re: Shooting steel .223 rounds from Academy in an AR? [Re: CCBIRDDOGMAN]
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My Double Eagle rifle will not cycle it. My Windham rifle shoots anything. However it's not worth what you are paying for it.
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