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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 more wear through the barrel, to 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!



  • Elliot Segal
    Posted October 25, 2019 12:57 pm

    Good job stating the facts. Too many myths out there circulated by people repeating what they heard without explanation as to why steel cased ammo isn’t generally used at indoor ranges and the differences between the metals used for jacketed rounds, casings, and cores, etc.

    I shoot several different calibers of ammo, including: 7.62 x39; 7.62×25; 9x18Makarov, 5.56mm, 9×19, 7.62x51R, 40mm; .45cal; S&W 38 short; .38cal; .357 mag cal; and 12 gauge shotgun(usually hi-brass). So I spend my money wisely on practice rounds, and have a separate stash for defensive rounds for real-world use (i.e., concealed carry/home defense). I’ve ran steel cased ammo for years, and no problems. As for cleaning my firearms? Well, I do that every time I run rounds through a firearm. I protect my investments and even the “safe queens” get cleaned and lubed periodically.

    • Kyle Read
      Posted December 24, 2019 9:33 am

      Sadly, I don’t clean my guns as much as I know I should and all my guns eat up steel cased ammo. Plus, with the cost being roughly 30% cheaper than brass, I can buy new guns with the savings!! Thanks for reading our post! -Kyle

  • BlackThumb1956
    Posted June 3, 2020 4:05 pm

    I purchased my Bushmaster AR15 back in 98. I have shot 10% Brass and 90% Wolf. I have yet to need to replace the extractor. The only issue I have ever had was the coating on the 90’s ammo would transfer to the chamber but a good chamber cleaning fixed that
    I have easily put 5K rounds in it prior to replacing the barrel (cosmetic reasons – thanks Billy Clinton). With my newer barrel, it is around 4k rounds (I do not shoot like I used to). I used the same BCG. Yes I know your not supposed to but it was not economically feasible back then and it works fine now.

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