Friday, December 21, 2012
More Tula .223Rem Fail
I was out shooting some more Tula .223 Remington steel-case ammo, and had a couple more failures. This time it was a stuck case, one of the things I had been warned about with steel-case ammo. The extractor would not hold onto the rim. I had an AK-74 cleaning rod with me, but it wasn't long enough to knock the case out. I have a Colt bolt with the gold extractor spring, black insert, and Crane o-ring installed in this rifle. The extractor is still completely intact. I only had 4 30-round magazines through a clean upper, with a clean chamber. I have never had this problem with brass-case ammo. I don't know what else to call it but an ammo failure.
I also experienced a fraction-of-a-second hang-fire. The Geisselle trigger in the lower I was using was installed for shooting 5.45x39mm Russian surplus ammo, and gives the primers a good smack, so that should not have been an issue. Again, I have to call ammo failure.
Would I buy any more? Eh, I don't know. It's about as cheap as you're going to get in this caliber, but it won't run in one of my rifles, and apparently cakes the chamber with carbon fouling. I guess for shooting cheaper ammo, I will stick to 5.45x39mm, which at least has a tapered shell casing. The Spike's 5.45x39mm upper has been running well, now that I have the magazines figured out.
At the moment, there is probably none in stock anywhere anyway. What there is available is likely marked up so high, that you'd have to be a fool to buy it. Black rifles, lowers, and "high-capacity" magazines have been selling like crazy over the last 7 days, and finding anything in stock at a reasonable price is getting nearly impossible.