Home Ammo Wolf Performance Ammo: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Russian Ammo Wolf Performance Ammo: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Russian By Robert Farago - January 27, 2011 15 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHOT Show: Number 1 FLITECONTROL Ain’t Coming Back…Yet What’s the Difference Between 5.56 and .223? Are They Interchangeable? Does it Matter? Calibers for Beginners: 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells 15 COMMENTS If Russian ammo was good enough to kill millions of Nazis, it’s good enough for me. Although I haven’t shot enough Wolf to comment on it, I’m a big fan of Bernaul ball ammo. I’ve found it to be cheap, perfectly reliable, very accurate and cheap. And did I mention it’s cheap? Reply Quoting James Yeager of tactical response: “Commie ammo works great in commie guns. Use American ammo for American guns” In other words, AKs were designed to work great with junk ammo, ARs were not. Reply Rabbi – I know a lot of AR’s that can’t shoot USA-made brass-cased ammo as well… Reply Well, that’s another story 🙂 I don’t use the lacquered Brown Bear in my AR because it’s already tough to clean an AR without worrying about lacquer residue. I use a lot of Silver Bear in my AR with zero issues. The Silver has a zinc-plated steel case, whereas the Brown is lacquered. I’ve heard a lot of stories about possible extractor damage with steel-cased ammo, but I haven’t seen any and the manufacturers of my guns all say that steel is fine. I’ve run at least 2000 rounds of Wolf .223, 7.62X51, 7.62X54r and 7.62X39 (that’s combined, not per caliber) through ARs, an M1A, an SKS, an M-39, and even an AR chambered in 7.62X39 (firing pin mod required, google it). Wolf has always gone bang. None of my guns has broken. It is a little dirty. Hint, don’t shoot 100 or more rounds of Wolf through an AR and then switch over to brass cased ammo without first swabbing out the chamber with a chamber brush. The extra grime left by the Wolf can cause the brass casing to stick, and the base of the brass casing to rip off when the bolt tries to extract the empty. I know this from experience. But just a little brushing completely fixes this issue. You’re supposed to clean your AR after you shoot it, anyway. Wolf is cheap. It goes bang. What’s not to like? Reply It also depends on the type of Wolf ammo too- some are dirtier than others and I bet that stickiness problem you had was because of lacquer coating wearing off. It is on some Wolf ammo but not others. The newer Wolf products seem to be less dirty. Reply The problem with Wolf ammo is the lacquer that they use on their steel cases gums up chambers when they heat up. If you are not going to shoot enough to warm up your gun, Wolf is fine, although it is not known for accuracy. People who train hard swear off the stuff. If Wolf comes up with a non-steel case that does not use lacquer, they may be worth another look. Reply Check out Wolf “Gold”, particularly for .223. I use their Gold 75-grain JHP Boat Tail with great success in my LWRC. When scoped, that 14.7″ barrel would shoot and maintain sub-2″ groups @ 100 yards, even with a very hot barrel. Reply Patrick, Is their gold line steel or brass cased? Reply According to the samples I see at ammoengine it is brass cased, non-corrosive. I usually use good ole american made 223 brass in my colt sp1, but I’ve also used plenty of the wolf ammo with no problems and the accuracy has been spot on. I also use their 7.62 x 39 in my bullpup and other AK’s with no complaints. I would love to see them offer this ammo in brass. Reply I’ve run 1oo or so rounds or .45 through my 1911 and have had no problems. Yes, it’s a little dirty and I haven’t done any accuracy tests, but for a relaxed day at the range, it’ll do. Reply I’ve put lots and lots of Wolf and Tula (same factory, different name) through my 1911 with the same results. Never had a problem with it. On a side note, the Tula isn’t lacquered, just straight steel like Blazer. I haven’t really noticed it being any dirtier than WWB or others. Reply I think shooters often use the term “wolf” to refer to almost any Russian ammo but there are a number of different arsenals over there producing ammo. I’ve used “wolf” and also “bear” and “tula” ammo in my AR and it seems to like it just fine. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.