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Old 06-30-2020, 10:05 PM   #1
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Blazer Aluminum

I'm a new 365 owner and want range time. I can only seem to find Blazer Aluminum locally. Is there any downside to using this at the range vs Brass? Seems Blazer (and other) brass is no longer available due to Covid BS. If aluminum is OK, I want to grab some while IT'S still available so I can periodically shoot.
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Old 06-30-2020, 10:57 PM   #2
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I've run a couple of boxes of aluminum (not Blazer) through mine, no troubles whatsoever.
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Old 07-01-2020, 02:27 AM   #3
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I've run about 4,000 rounds of Blazer aluminum over the years with zero problems
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I wouldn't use it, but if it is all that is available it should be okay. In my experience as an RSO at our range, shooters who are use steel or aluminum cased ammo seem to have various function issues much more frequently than those shooting brass cased ammo. Just be prepared to manage stoppages.
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Old 07-01-2020, 02:55 AM   #5
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I hate Blazer Ammo, especially in a Semiauto pistol.
I threw away the only box of 9MM I ever bought.
All sorts of problems. I will only use it in a revolver.
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I'm a new 365 owner and want range time. I can only seem to find Blazer Aluminum locally. Is there any downside to using this at the range vs Brass? Seems Blazer (and other) brass is no longer available due to Covid BS. If aluminum is OK, I want to grab some while IT'S still available so I can periodically shoot.
Aluminum ammo is fine - in that it will Not damage your gun the way that “steel case” can (increased wear). I’ve found Aluminum sometimes does not cycle as consistently and is also harder to load in some clips (the aluminum case is not as smooth as brass). Aluminum is not as good or preferred as brass but it’s ok. That’s been my experience - I’m sure you’ll get more opinions and perspective from other more experienced members.
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Also, make sure the range you are going to allows aluminum case. Some allow only brass.
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Also, make sure the range you are going to allows aluminum case. Some allow only brass.
Good Point..
The 2 Ranges that I shoot at only allow Brass..

I wonder why that is?
Maybe because when they sweep up the Brass they do not want any other casing's mixed in.
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I'd avoid aluminum, and especially steel cased ammo. Too risky. If brass FMJ's are not available at your LGS, why not try the internet? TargetSportsUSA, Ammunition Depot, and SGammo are my go-to suppliers.
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I wouldn't use Blazer or aluminum. Quality brass ammo is available.
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I considered aluminum for shooting places where I couldn't find all my brass but the price isn't that much cheaper so I gave it a pass.
My brother said his department tried it for training, said it worked but was just too filthy.

As for Blazer, when I started shooting IDPA with one of my 229 SSE's with a Barsto 9mm conversion I tried several types of cheap ammo in my Ransom rest and at the Blazer brass worked best. Below is a sample of some of them, so I bought 10 cases of it. Well after two squibs and two jambs about two cases into it I gave up and just used it for practice and reloaded the brass for matches.

Now mind you this is in a Ransom rest at 25yds out of a gun that will shoot under an inch with reloaded ammo.
I later switched to S&B which did better and no defects so far.
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Download the WikiArms app and buy whatever ammo you want.
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It’ll most likely go bang, and no, it won’t hurt your gun.

I never shoot aluminum or steel cased ammo as I reload, but if it was all there was, I’d load it up and have at it.
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Never had a problem with Blazer aluminum. It is usually cheap too. Before this most recent unpleasantness, I bought 1000 rds at $8/box
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Quality brass ammo is available.

Really …. where is it available? What I'm finding is $800.00 a case for JHP. Natchez did have Blazer Brass at $259.00 a case but it's gone. I bought Blazer Brass for $139.00 a case around Xmas.

I'm not finding "quality" range ammo at any price. I have shot several boxes of aluminum case 9mm and .357 for paper and plates and I would buy all I could find right now. I had no issues with it … if it's a little dirtier than other stuff I don't really care …. I was gonna clean my guns anyway … lot's of free time.
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