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Old December 23rd, 2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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Aluminum vs. Brass? Pros & Cons

Have been seeing a lot of the Aluminum cased ammo lately and am wondering about using it.
I know it is considerably cheaper but how about function?
I am thinking storage might be a problem with the aluminum corroding over time, and also wondering about chambering aluminum as it is not a slick as brass.
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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Have shot at least 25,000 rounds of Blazer Aluminum 9mm. with no problems. Can't speak about corrosion since I don't keep it for years.
I see no problems in the chamber or ramp either.
When available,it''s normally the cheapest.
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 12:58 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure CCI treats their Blazer aluminum cases to make them more corrosion resistant than plain bare aluminum. It has a good reputation among shooters with it's major downside being it cannot be reloaded.
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Smith Shooter is right. CCI treats the case with a coating to aid in functioning and corrosion resistance. I have some 357 mag. blazer ammo from the late 1980s that still looks brand new.
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 05:29 PM   #5
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Seems to function ok in my handguns! Just sayin'...
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Old February 10th, 2015, 11:26 AM   #6
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+1 Blazer Aluminum, used literally 10's of thousands of rounds and no issues in any of various makes models of 9 or 45.
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Old March 11th, 2016, 11:48 AM   #7
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...it's major downside being it cannot be reloaded.
Oh really?

(USPSA competition shooter: I'm not loading screaming self defense loads over here, just minor power-factor stuff)

I reload them all the time, and they work just fine. A trusted friend ran one through his Dillo 550 to fill it back up, took it out and fired it. And repeated that seven times before the case lip tore when being flared for reload #8.

Since then, I've been reloading once-fired aluminum for four years and it has worked absolutely perfectly. Exact same boring reliability as brass. Everyone on the internet says you cannot do it, so no one bothers to try it for themselves, apparently.
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Old March 11th, 2016, 05:14 PM   #8
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Since we shoot often, 4 to 5 times a week I buy Federal aluminum ammo when available due to low price.

I believe it's made by CCI.

We shoot it in 9 mm and 45 ACP and all but one pistol has fired it with no issues.
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Old March 13th, 2016, 04:09 AM   #9
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I have shot at least 600 rounds of Aluminum Federal with no issues. A bonus : is you just sweep up and throw them away! But anyone who collects Brass will not be as happy lol
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Oh really?

(USPSA competition shooter: I'm not loading screaming self defense loads over here, just minor power-factor stuff)

I reload them all the time, and they work just fine. A trusted friend ran one through his Dillo 550 to fill it back up, took it out and fired it. And repeated that seven times before the case lip tore when being flared for reload #8.

Since then, I've been reloading once-fired aluminum for four years and it has worked absolutely perfectly. Exact same boring reliability as brass. Everyone on the internet says you cannot do it, so no one bothers to try it for themselves, apparently.
No argument from me. I just haven't done it yet myself. But I intend to.

Front Sight magazine recently had an article discussing the possibility and my take away was not to reload aluminum range brass. The gist of it was that one can't tell how long it's been there and there could be corrosion inside the case.

So I've only been saving the aluminum cases that I shoot. I figure I'll shoot them when I can't pick up brass.
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Have shot at least 25,000 rounds of Blazer Aluminum 9mm. with no problems. Can't speak about corrosion since I don't keep it for years.
I see no problems in the chamber or ramp either.
When available,it''s normally the cheapest.
Since my first post,I have tested and used Independence aluminum.
Works fine and seems to be made by the same company as Blazer.
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Blazer aluminum 9mm is all I shoot because it's cheaper than brass and I don't bother to reload 9mm. Never had a problem yet in a Glock G17 Gen 4 or my M&P Pro Series
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I have never shot aluminum cased ammo in any of my guns, my reloads are cheaper than aluminum cased factory ammo. From what I read, aluminum works fine in most guns, a few choke on it, it isn't as slippery as brass, but if it functions in your pistol, there's no reason not to use it.

My standard advice when it comes to steel cased ammo applies, buy a small quantity, 50-100 rounds, try it in your gun, if it works OK in your gun, then it should be safe to buy a larger quantity.

If it doesn't work, give it or sell it to someone else to try.
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Since we shoot often, 4 to 5 times a week I buy Federal aluminum ammo when available due to low price.

I believe it's made by CCI.

We shoot it in 9 mm and 45 ACP and all but one pistol has fired it with no issues.
I would love to shoot as much as you, but the cost of range time and ammo make it hard.
Do you have your own range and reload? I just rechecked your post, you say you buy Federal.
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I buy what's on sale, it could be
Winchester, Federal. UMC, American Eagle, Perfecta, Brass Maxx, Aguila, Magtech etc. but no reloads and steel cased. But we mostly buy bulk
Ammo in 1000 round boxes when it's on sale.

We have not reloaded in years.

No range. We could have made one about 25 years ago before we transferred. Had 17.6 acres then.

We get a yearly pass at an indoor range and catch it when they are on sale, $175 a year vs $250. It really pays when you shoot often.

By the way this is our 1st indoor range.

We are retired now so we can shoot about any time. In fact going to shoot shortly.

We have two other hobbies that can be pricey.

Can't take it with you!
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