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#1 robinp

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:29 PM

I notice that Basler has a sale on 115 grain brass and aluminum in 9 mm. I'm buying said ammo for target practice and I don't reload or save the empty casings. Under those circumstances, what is the disavantage of aluminum over brass, if any? If it's just a dirtier cartridge, I can clean my gun for the savings on 1000 rounds. Thanks.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:36 PM

Some auto's don't like them. Try a box, it they feed well you save some money. I never noticed them more dirty.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:52 PM

In my XDM 9mm, I've never had a problem with the Blaser aluminum ammo

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:02 PM

I shoot a Glock. My guess is that if Boomersand hasn't experienced any problems shooting aluminum through his XD, I probably will have the same positive experience with my Glock. I will wait for more comments, and if all is well, I will give them a try. Thanks.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:18 PM

Are we talking about Blazer ammo here, because I don't know Basler. If so, I really like the aluminum cased Blazer cartridge especially since it's often cheaper than brass cased. It is no dirtier than any other ammo. I've shot it in both 9mm and .45 acp. It ran fine in everything from an Ed Brown 1911 to a Sig P226, Glock 17, and FNX-9. I always try to find it at Dick's sporting goods, but they're usually sold out as soon as comes in. I recommend it as a range ammo.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:27 PM

Yes, Blazer is the ammo (typo in my first post). Thanks for your helpful input. Natchez has them for $8.99 a box for quanties of 10 boxes or more (plus shipping) .

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:30 PM

Yes, Blazer is the ammo (typo in my first post). Thanks for your helpful input. Natchez has them for $8.99 a box for quanties of 10 boxes or more (plus shipping) .


I'd buy a case at that price.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:49 PM

IMHO it is great ammo. Feeds through all my pistols in 9mm and 45ACP just fine, plenty accurate for my needs. If you are not a reloader it is a fine choice if the price is right.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:26 PM

Bud's had the same deal on Blazer 124gr and I didn't hesitate to pick up a case. I have never had problem with AL or steel cased ammo.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:28 PM

Blazer aluminum cases!! I found piles of these on my range! i couldn't find the guy shooting them, i was gonna tell him to throw that stuff in the trash!
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:53 AM

I came to the conclusion last year that I won't be running aluminum case ammo in any of my handguns anymore because of ejection problems and stovepipes. My guns run perfectly on brass and that is the way I'm going. I do use steelcase stuff though in my antique bolt rifles like my Mosin.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:37 AM

Blazer aluminum cases!! I found piles of these on my range! i couldn't find the guy shooting them, i was gonna tell him to throw that stuff in the trash!


AL has always worked fine for me, but I don't chew on it after I shoot it... :laugh:
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:46 AM

Blazer Aluminum will be fine in a Glock.

I always search here for the best ammo prices - it's a price aggregator.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:56 AM

I have used alummun or steel,in 9mm , 45acp, .380,and 223 they shot great no problem at all good range ammo. I have a XD 9mm, SIG 45, and .380, plus SA1911 and a Kimber all shots fine.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:00 PM

Since starting this thread, I've shot 600 rounds of aluminum casing through my 9mm Glock. Not one misfire. I also didn't see any chewed up casing as someone posted in this thread. For target shooting, if I can save a few dollars shooting aluminum over brass, I'm all for that. Thanks for everyone's input.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:22 PM

Do you save?
I do not know the answer.
If you pay a little more for brass then sell the brass to a reloader?


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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:41 AM

People down at the gun club shoot steel cased and AL cased ammo all the time. I have never heard of any one that has had any unusual problems with them. Some guns just do not like certain ammo and if you find that to be the case, just switch to a different style or brand of ammo. Guns can now and then be a little finicky. It happens with brass cased ammo too.
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 09:45 AM

I only shoot brass as I reload, I have used steel and aluminum with no problems but perfer to use brass so i can reload.
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