View Full Version : Anyone shot steel through M1 Carbine?
06-22-2012, 08:25 AM
If so what kind of luck did you have?
09-06-2012, 09:58 PM
I assume you are referring to steel cases, such as Wolf ammo. I have and I've read a good deal of the internet arguments for and against steel cased ammo, especially for M1 carbines. I don't have a particular problem using steel cased ammo in most guns. I've fired hundreds of rounds through my Russian SKS, Romanian SAR-1, and my Glock 23 without any ill effects at all. My Walther PPK/S does not seem to like the stuff by indications of FTF's, while brass gives no problems at all.
As for M1 carbines though, I personally recommend against it. The M1 carbine is pretty much over-engineered for the suped up pistol round it fires. The weak link, though, is the extractor. I have encounterd signficantly higher extractor issues with steel when compared to brass cases. Significantly more! Also, for some reason, I find steel cased ammo in .30 carbine to be very, very dirty. I know that does not really have anything to do with it being steel cased, but I've shot a lot of foreign made .30 carbine in brass that wasn't particularly dirty, and the steel ammo in other calibers I've used didn't seem to be excessively dirty, but sure seems to be consistently dirty in .30 carbine.
In short, for M1 carbines, I shy away from steel cased ammo.
09-06-2012, 10:27 PM
I agree with your caution on shooting steel cases in the M1 Carb. I know the danger and I shoot steel in a Quality Hardware no problems yet. If you do shoot steel expect a problem in time.
09-07-2012, 02:39 PM
what about all that steel cased .30 carbine ammo they went through in WW2?
I bet you that stuff was much harder than wolfs crap.
Wolf was garbage through the carbines I had. loud and dirty but very lacking in the power dept.
Same with the old steel cased copper washed ww2 stuff, somewhat hot but incredibly filthy.
For the price, spend a few more dollars and buy brass cased ammo OR take that money and start rollin your own.
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