Brown Bear Ammo?

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by Dixieduo, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Dixieduo

    Dixieduo New Member

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    I recently purchased a few rounds of Brown Bear .223 and was curious if anyone had any luck or problems with this ammo?
     
  2. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    A few as in how many? I have not personally used BB. But I also have not heard anything bad. Just your average cheap ammo.
     

  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    You already bought it, so go ahead and tell us how it works for you.
     
  4. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    I was just asking how many you bought bc most people buy in bulk when buying stuff like BB.
    Just in case you don't know. Before you buy in bulk if buying for a SA, buy 2 or 3 boxes first. Just to see how it runs in your gun. I would hate to see you wast money on 1,000 rounds of ammo that won't run on your gun.
     
  5. orangello

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    It runs fine in my SKS. I have heard that the laquer coating can accumulate in super-hot chambers; i haven't noticed a build-up yet, but i don't just dump twenty rounds for fun very often.
     
  6. lbwar15

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    I've never used bb but I have used lacquer coated stuff before in my AR. Never had any kind of build up. The only problem I had with lacquer was a problem from the factory. A unfired round was stuck in my chamber. A good smack of the fwd assts. knocked it lose. After measuring the casing I found that there was so much lacquer on it that it made the casing to big for my chamber.

    Only happened once tho.
     
  7. John_Deer

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    If you are concerned about lacquer build up in your chamber silver bear is zinc plated. Silver bear is the same ammo as brown bear in a zinc plated case.

    I shoot brown bear ammo in Mosin Nagant 91/30. The 203 gr SP is much more accurate than milsurp ammo and the thump of it's expanding bullet will put game down with a single shot. The downside is brown bear shoots considerably higher than milsurp ammo. Be prepared to grind and sand the ramp of the rear sight. Some people alter the front sight with a screw in sight. This is a tedious process that requires a drill press and a proper tap. If you search the internet you can find front sights that have been drilled and tapped for a reasonable price.

    I use wolf ammo to break in new guns. After 100 rounds you can see that the metallic case is indeed polishing any surface, such as the feed ramp that it comes in contact with. Wolf ammo was instrumental in getting a Kel Tec P11 running right that I picked up at a bargain price. The P11 would not empty a magazine without malfunctioning when I got it. After a two hundred rounds of wolf ammo and some judicious polishing the P11 will shoot all day without a malfunction. It shoots the often maligned WWB ammo without a hitch.

    Another thing you need to consider is your warranty. I know the use of steel case ammo will void the warranty of some weapons. The Ruger P95 owners manual clearly states that steel case ammo will void the warranty. It's up to you to determine if this is true for your firearms.
     
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  8. Dixieduo

    Dixieduo New Member

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    By few rounds I meant 500. Was too good of a deal to pass up. Next up is to see if i can get my Mini-14 set up for small groupings and be ready to drop hogs.
     
  9. magnumman

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    In a Mini 14 you shouldn't have any issues at all. I shoot it in my ar with no problems and the 14's are more forgiving from what I have heard
     
  10. heymatthew

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    I've had my Mini now since 9/11 (great day to pick up an awesome American-made classic, yes?) and I've run about 500 rounds of Brown Bear through it with no issues whatsoever. In fact, my Mini will chew up and spit out any ammo you put in it. PMC, Winchester, Tula, Brown Bear, Federal, Freedom Munitions, 556, 223, whatever. That's the beauty of the Mini.

    Shoot it and enjoy it. If it gets a little dirtier, then clean it. The savings is well worth the extra time spent cleaning. :)
     
  11. Dixieduo

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    So far I have shot about 250 rnds of the Brown Bear Ammo and I am pleased. Now the pro-mags I have I can't say the same. I did however buy some metal 30rnd ones and they work good.
    I love how easy the mini is to clean and maintain. I have tore mine completely down and cleaned after each session of shooting. both to keep it clean and to keep me familiar with its parts.
    I will be trying some of the zinc plated ammo soon. I have my Zombie rounds saved just in case there is an outbreak.LOL Until then I will keep practicing away with the steelies.
     
  12. heymatthew

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    My local Walmart carries the Tula .223 steel-cased ammo for $4.97 per box. I try and get there every couple weeks to pick some up because it's really hit or miss here. I have found that it shoots equally as well as the Brown Bear and other steel-cased ammo, but it's cheaper as I don't have to pay for shipping.

    I'm not knocking the Brown Bear stuff at all. I've shot about 500 rounds of it in the last 8 weeks, but unless you're buying it in super-bulk or ordering alongside other stuff to eat up the shipping, it's probably cheaper to get the steel-cased stuff locally.
     
  13. lbwar15

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    Sometimes you have to watch buying in bulk. You can get screwed. I picked up a 500round can of Tula for about $150 from academy. About 2 days after that I went back to academy to buy a couple 20round boxes of it. $4.90 a box. That is about $125 for 500 rounds. Yea I was all kinds of p**** off.
     
  14. heymatthew

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    Ew... That sucks. I always have my Calculator App up on my phone at gun shows so I can see the price per round for the "bulk deals" the ammo counters offer. Last gun show I went to, there was a counter asking about 35 cents per round for .223 brass in the 50-round packs. If you bought 1000 rounds, the price went down to 34.75 cents per round.

    Hell of a deal... LOL!
     
  15. bamashooter68

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    Im a reloader so I dont shoot steel cased ammo often. I did buy some MFS ammo the other day but havent shot it yet. It was 62gr. soft point. Just curious if anyone has tried it or even heard of it. I have a mini-14 and a del-ton AR.