Sunday, July 01, 2012

Tula ammo

Does anybody have any experience or first hand knowledge of Tula ammo? I've been seeing some great deals on 45 and 5.56, but it seems like I was hearing some bad things about them in the past. Has their QC problems been handled or did I just have a bad recollection?

13 comments:

orbitup said...

Works great in my AK, but those will eat anything. Same with my XDMc .45.

My Kimber had some FTE (extract) issues with it though.

drjim said...

My only experience with this type of ammo has been spotty at best. I bought some of the Wolf steel-cased stuff in 45ACP, and had a few failure to extract (!) malfunctions. From what I've read, the lacquer they use to keep the steel case from corroding can make the empty case sticky, and hard to extract. This was several years ago, and I think I've read that they solved the problem.
Steel cased ammo also has a reputation for being hard on the extractors in certain firearms, so it probably depends on what caliber, and what gun you use it in.
It sure is cheap, though, and I've got a whole bunch of Wolf 12 gauge 00 buck that shoots just fine.
Kicks like holy hell, but shoots fine.

Craig said...

I use it for range time. Sig says they won't honor any warantees if you use steel cased ammo. They use a dirty power, you have to clean the shit out of your weapon when you are done shooting it. I haven't experienced any FTF, stovepiping, casing expansion, etc. while using it. All in all, good enough for the range, but not the first box I would grab in a SHTF situation.

Joel said...

If you keep your pistol/rifle clean, it shouldn't give you any problems.

CountryRebel said...

From what I've read from others it's mixed opinions. Some say there's a thin poly coatin on the bullet, but only certain calibers, that can gum up the barrel. If you're goin for accuracy they say it lacks, if you're goin for fuck it I just want to shoot it'd be ight. I try to stay away from steel cartridges, they're rough on the gun mechanisms. I do shoot monarch (russion steel) ammo, haven't had any real problems in AR. But i'm not tryin to shoot a tick off a coyotes nutsack. My opinion stick with brass, you can reload it later for more fun...

keep sendin em down range!

Child of the Trillion dollar wasteland. said...

I use tula almost exclusively in my AMD 65 ak 47. Never had a single problem. But of course, thats an ak... In my research and choice to use the cheapest ammo i could possibly find, I've read that tula pistol rounds can have loading problems in finicky guns. But as far as rifle rounds, they will run through a clean AR or a dirty ak ( love aks) with no problem. I have well over 500 rounds through without a single problem. Whether I clean it or not.

Anonymous said...

I've had no issues with Tula in .223, .45, .40, or 7.62x39. Keep in mind that steel cased ammo will wear out your extractor faster than brass cased will. Other than that it's a good deal for target ammo, despite being a bit dirty. I wouldn't use it for anything my life depended on, but for the range, it's hard to beat.

Bootmaker said...

Russian made says the guy at the local gunshop...and then he hastily adds..DO NOT RELOAD THESE.

CDP said...

I have purchased it in 7.62X51, shooting it in a CETME. It works, very dirty though.

Pakkinpoppa said...

I've used it in AK's as it's basically Wolf in a cheaper to print box. In AR's...it depends. I had one that required a break in period of about 300 brass rounds before it'd fire reliably, and then it'd only go 3 magazines before getting so dirty as to start having "issues".

I've got about a case for the glocks and it works, just runs a little dirty.

I only shot it a little when I had a Colt 1991, it worked, but at the time I only bought a box here and there to try.

Only real "issue" I had in a .45 was the 1917 Brazillian Contract Smith, it fired and I had a sweet group...but I couldn't get it to extract without effort, so I didn't try more than a cylinder.

I've not tried Tula in my Mini 14 as I don't have any, and...I haven't tried the Mini 14 out yet anyways.

angrymike said...

Well, I wouldn't use steel in an AR, there tolerance is much closer that a AK. I had a 10 1/2 inch barrel on a AR that wouldn't eject the steel cases, so I asked a gunsmith about it he told me, because of the tolerance on the chamber it was tight , he said only use brass,which I did. I haven't used anything but brass since. My AK would run all day with the steel cases though......

Anonymous said...

Works fine in Glocks and AK's. My 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

I've used the tula in my SKS and have had no problems. But it's dirty, nothing but soap and water won't take care of.
Papa Mike
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