Is Wolf Ammo Any Good?

Is Wolf Ammo Any Good?

The short answer is yes, Wolf Ammunition is manufactured in accordance with SAAMI standards. For the purpose of this post, we are going to focus on steel cased Wolf Ammunition and ignore their Gold line with is brass cased. While there is a lot of misinformation circulating amongst shooters regarding steel cased ammunition, we went to the source and talked to Wolf executives about their products. Like many of you, we believed that steel cased ammo would be harder on ejectors, barrels, would foul up our guns more, and the list goes on. Below is a list of the top 10 questions about Wolf Ammo from Google that we will answer in this post:

Is Wolf Ammo Steel Core?

Wolf Ammunition contains lead projectiles with bimetal jackets and are not steel core. They make projectiles in Full Metal Jacket (FMJ), Hollow Point (HP), Soft Point (SP), and Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail (FMJBT). They do manufacture copper jackets which will allow you to shoot them at indoor ranges but the vast majority of the ammunition you see for sale from Wolf is a bimetal jacket and is not safe for indoor shooting.

Is Wolf Ammo Any Good?

We wondered this same thing so we went and shot a lot of Wolf products through everything from pistols, to rifles to full auto rifles. After all the horror stories we had heard over the years about steel ammo being “trash” for lack of a more eloquent term we were skeptical but after several thousand rounds through CZ pistols, Sig pistols, Glock, and Springfield we were sold. The steel casing and bimetal jackets make for cheaper priced rounds compared to shooting brass cased ammunition.

So we decided to call Wolf executives to get the scoop on why steel cased ammunition gets such a bad reputation. To set the record straight, here’s a synopsis of what we were told:

      1.  Metal hardness is measured based off the Rockwell Hardness Scale, brass is a 1, while Wolf steel is a 1.1 on the scale. Your barrel is anywhere between 40-60. So not a material difference.
      2. Wolf primers are NON-corrosive.
      3.  They did admit that at 15,000-20,000 rounds through your firearm you will notice a small amount of more ware through the barrel wo which we laughed because at 15,000+ rounds, its probably time to replace your barrel anyway and with the cost difference between steel and brass, the savings will easily pay for a new barrel and then some.

Is Wolf Ammo Magnetic?

Most of the Wolf Ammo you see for sale contains a bimetal jacket and is magnetic which means you cannot shoot it at indoor ranges. The reason for this is if the range has a steel backstop, the steel in the jacket can pit and damage the backstop creating costly repairs. If your local range has a rubber backstop, bimetal jacketed ammunition can cause a spark as it hits other spent rounds in the backstop potentially causing a fire. Wolf does however make steel cased ammunition that has a full metal jacket made of copper that is indoor range friendly. We always recommend letting your local range officer know prior to shooting their copper jacketed ammunition so they don’t assume you’re about to torch their range.

Is Wolf Ammo Corrosive?

This is a common misconception about Wolf Ammunition, their primers are not corrosive!

Is Wolf Ammo Bad?

If you skipped ahead to this heading instead of reading the paragraphs above, check out “Is Wolf Ammo Any Good?”. Spoiler alert – we have had great experiences with Wolf Ammunition.

Is Wolf Ammo Bad for an AR-15?

Not at all! Because the hardness of Wolf steel isn’t significantly harder than the hardness of brass casing, it is not harder on the ejectors, their primers are not corrosive and the bi-metal jacket, while being marginally harder on a barrel, the wear won’t show up until significant usage. Think 15,000+ rounds.

Is Wolf Ammo Better than Tulammo?

Both brands come out of factories in Russia, we can’t tell a significant difference between the quality of the rounds and find both brands to be reliable in our test guns.

Is Wolf Ammo Bad For Your Gun?

We answered this question about the AR-15 platform above and the same answer applies to the rest of your guns. Wolf Ammunition is NOT bad for your gun. Many people think its dirtier because the steel case isn’t as forgiving as brass and so more spent carbon theoretically gets deposited into the chamber. We ran a test in our full auto of 150 rounds of steel and 150 rounds of brass and could not tell a difference in cleanliness but worst case scenario, you may have to clean your firearm a little more often than if you shot brass. It’s a small price to pay for the substantial savings steel ammunition provides over brass cased ammunition.

Is Wolf Ammo Good for AK’s?

AK’s will shoot anything due to their looser tolerances than other platforms. The price difference between steel cased ammunition and brass cased ammunition in the 7.62×39 cartridge makes steel cased ammunition from Wolf Ammunition a no-brainer!

 

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5 thoughts on “Is Wolf Ammo Any Good?”

  1. I shoot a lot and have tried Wolf and Tulammo steel cases. I do experience more hang ups and misfires with both than with higher priced brass case ammo. I’m guessing the rougher steel doesnt feed as smoothly in the AR but SKS and AK’s seem to feed fine. I’m not trashing steel cases. I have single shot and bolt rifles that like them just fine. For the price I can handle a few jams and misfires.

    1. I have fired thousands of Wolf 9mm and have “never” had a misfire and I have shot more than a thousand rounds thru my AK-47 and again no misfires. For the cost the Wolf brand is the only thing I use. Why pay more? Made in America is always made the best.

  2. I understand about supply vs demand these days, and am glad to see you selling 22 cal ammo at somewhat reasonable prices vs other vendors. Some others are selling the same ammo for 2 to 3 times your price. Will be using your company again!

  3. Thad J. Cornett

    I have always had good experiences with wolf ammo, when I started collecting military surplus rifles the first rifle being a mint 1916 SMLE Lee Enfield .303. I also the same day bought a CZ 82 and the only ammo the guy had was wolf FMJ. This was back in 2002 when both & 6 boxes of ammo were less than $250. I kept finding these rifles of many nationalities nearly every weekend and always priced $70 to $300 for a superb German G3. After a while I bought nothing but Wolf ammo except for my Enfield’s being I never seen Wolf 303 until years later. I could never say how many rounds I have sent down range using wolf or other brands made at the Tula factory. But I must say if you are sceptical in any way or to use in no mil surp firearms you will find it as dependable as any other. It’s just back then it was super cheap to buy. I even met two cops that will load the first two rds wolf just because they use it and would use it on duty but why when u are supplied. Hope this may either help or confuse someone lol. ” SHOOT & SCOOT”

  4. We have tried the Tulammo in an S&W Shield EZ 380 and a Springfield 1911 9mm and neither pistol liked it.

    No big deal since it was cheap and it was purchased for shooting at the range only plus hang ups at the range are good practice.

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