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Since I do not have the time to load my own anymore, I'm on the lookout for the least expensive 9mm 115gr practice ammo. I found Tul Maxxtech 115gr 9mm ammo online. 1K round case for 18¢ per round. I decided to give it a try. It doesn't look like normal Russian manufacture steel case ammo. I ordered a case. I put a round to the magnet test. The casing is magnetic, most likely nickel plated steel. The projectile is not magnetic. It doesn't look like copper jacket. I think its brass jacketed.



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Brought to you by POBJEDA Technology – a recognized name in Eastern Europe, with a long tradition in manufacturing ammunition, was built on 60 years of experience in research and development – leading to the best quality manufacturing and large volume production. MAXXTech ammunition is manufactured in Bosnia and Herzegovina and held to the some of the highest tolerances in the business.
I finally have a free morning. I decided to to go the range and break in my new XD Range Officer 1911 9mm.


(gratuitous gun porn)

I brought a 50 rd box of Federal Champion 115gr FMJ (brass case / copper jacket). I brought a 50 rd box of CCI Blazer Aluminum Case 115gr FMJ (aluminum case / copper jacket). Lastly, I brought a 100 rd plastic can of the Tul Maxxtech. Federal champion cycled the pistol without issue. Federal recoil impulse felt weak, but consistent. CCI Blazer Aluminum Case barely cycled the pistol, but it did cycle. The weak ammo had a definite shift in point of aim / point of impact. I moved onto the Tul Maxxtech. I was 50 rounds in, and happy. The rounds felt like they had more propellant than either the Federal or CCI Blazer. To me they felt like shooting 124gr ammo. Then I started to get a hangups: failure to feed, failure to eject. I expected some issues during break in. I wasn't ready to chalk it up to ammo issues.

2nd magazine firing Tul Maxxtech, I get a failure to extract. I can see the casing stuck in the chamber. The slide can't move home. I hand cycled the slide. The extractor wasn't holding onto the rim of the case. I didn't have my full kit with me. The one time I decide to pack lightly just has to be the time I need the extra tools I normally bring with me. Go figure. I get home. Field strip the pistol, check to make sure the round is not live, and push a cleaning rod down the bore. I had to rap the cleaning rod with the palm of my hand. I wasn't smacking hard. I'd say the amount of pressure used to clap loudly. This is what came out.





I've never seen a 9mm case like this. I'm not an expert reloader, but it looks as if the case is intentionally designed to reduce case volume. Less case volume, less propellant, more pressure? I pulled a couple rounds, and the case construction is the same. I have yet to weigh a round, pull the projectile, weigh the case and projectile to determine powder charge.
 

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GONRA's pretty sure they are just thickening the cartridge case wall
near the base / head to avoid CATASTROPHIC case splits.
You see what would happen if manufacturer HADN'T thickened the case -
would split all way to case head and vent gas all over the place....
(Wear yer safety glasses!)

Cost of a little more cartricge case material n the cartridge case
is much cheaper than dealing "my right eye's shot out" lawsuits!

Punching, cupping, drawing, annealing STEEL is more tricky to deal with
than Good Olde CARTRIDGE BRASS.
 

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In a week or so I can certainly find some better ammo for $200 per 1,000 shipped to your door. Shoot that mess or trade it to someone who likes it. It would not surprise me if the thick case is to save powder. Tul is ok for centerfire rifles but their pistol ammo sucks.
One upside is your range officer will have a very shiny feed ramp and cylinder by the time you shoot 1,000 rounds of steel ammo. I have a first generation Kel Tec. By the time I shot 300 rounds of Tul ammo through it there was no need to buff and fluff the Kel Tec. I still have that beast (P11) around here somewhere. It might break something every few hundred rounds but it does go bang when you pull the trigger.
 

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Gonra, thanks for weighing in. Russian manufacture bi-metal jacket TulAmmo steel cases don't look like this. I've never seen a case like this. OldCrow, the projectiles are non magnetic. They are soft brass alloy over lead. I'm not worried about wearing out the barrel.

I'm reaching into my stash of good old brass case, copper FMJ when shooting the range officer. This Tul Maxxtech will be my Glock's practice ammo.
 

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Maybe it's the camera angle, but that case appears to be way larger at the mouth and the shoulder from the case to the rim is awful sharp. Have you checked your chamber for damage?
The inner shoulder in the case appears to be in about the right spot to prevent "Glock bulge"!

Being that there is a visible seam at that inner shoulder makes it appear to be a 2 piece case. Would be interesting to see one of those cases dissected.
 

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Gonra, thanks for weighing in. Russian manufacture bi-metal jacket TulAmmo steel cases don't look like this. I've never seen a case like this. OldCrow, the projectiles are non magnetic. They are soft brass alloy over lead. I'm not worried about wearing out the barrel.

I'm reaching into my stash of good old brass case, copper FMJ when shooting the range officer. This Tul Maxxtech will be my Glock's practice ammo.
I didn't say they would wear out the barrel. I said they will polish your feed ramp and cylinder. They may polish your knuckles a bit freeing up all the jams. Here is a pro tip: carry a scribe with you to pick the jammed cases out of the action.
 

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Something which looks similar is the brass used by Freedom Munitions for their new ammo. The case forming process leaves a step about halfway up.
 

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I have been shooting the Tula Brass Maxx for the last year with no problems. Walmart sells them for about 22-23.00 per hundred. Never had a problem..
 
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