At Gun Nuts Media, I have a post talking about Hornady Steel Match ammunition. This ammo is available from Cheaper Than Dirt in 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .223 Remington, and .308 Winchester. Now, the debate about steel-cased ammo has raged on the Internet for as long as I can remember, with opinions that vary from “never use steel ammo” to “I use it all the time” and everything in between. I’ve known shooters who would use steel-cased ammo in certain guns but not others; I know people who say “never use it in Glocks”, and so on. The issue is that if you shoot a lot, it’s kind of hard to argue with less than $9.00 a box for 9mm ammo from our friends in Russia.
So what do you say? Do you run steel-cased ammo through your guns, pistols and rifles? Or would you not touch the stuff with a 10-foot pole? Add in to that the fact that many indoor ranges prohibit the use of steel-cased ammunition as it messes with their recycling contracts for brass, and the equation becomes even more complicated. I think one of the big issues that I have with the “anti” steel-cased crowd is that to my knowledge no one has ever done a truly high round count with steel-cased stuff to see if it actually increases wear and tear on guns. I’d like to see someone take a Glock 17 or other modern production firearm, and run 20,000 rounds of steel-cased ammo through it, and compare the wear and tear to a gun that’s had 20,000 rounds of brass-cased ammo. Would it be different? Hard to know unless we do the shooting.
For me, I’ll keep using steel-cased ammo. Sure, I can only use it at outdoor ranges, but that’s fine with me. Sound off in comments—are you for or against using ammo in a steel case?