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23rd June 2005, 17:40
Has anyone used this stuff? If so, did you like it???? I bought 500 rounds of it and fired them but seemed the case was too soft (while ejecting).
23rd June 2005, 18:55
was it the aluminum alloy casings or brass?
aluminum caused nothing but problems with SA when I shot them, I avoid them at all costs...
23rd June 2005, 19:19
Shortly before I retired from the military we tested aluminum cases in a variety of calibers, and they were real trouble makers. About half the time the extractor tore through the rim. I would avoid them.
23rd June 2005, 19:22
Yep, aluminum cases. They did exaclty that, tore and stuck my slide twice. Had to field strip it and inspect for damage.
23rd June 2005, 19:32
I'm not sure what the intended application for the aluminum cases is in CCI's case. Years ago Winchester had an anodized aluminum case that I used in .357, and they were pretty trouble free, but in a semi-auto I just think CCI had a bad idea there. CCI is a good company, I don't understand why they would let this one out the door.
23rd June 2005, 19:42
I have used the aluminum case CCI Blazer Ammo. in my Glock23 with no problems. I never used it in my 1911s. And now that I can buy Win. White Box at WalMart in both .45&.40 I won't be using Blazer again. :)
23rd June 2005, 19:48
Guns, I also shot my G23 yesterday with CCI Blazer and didnt have a problem.
25th June 2005, 15:52
I have shot many cases of Blazer through my Glocks and Kimber in 9mm, 40 and .45 caliber. Fortunately for me I have had very few problems. Less so than with Winchester White Box. Never had a problem with 9mm or .40 but did with a Sig Sauer .45. If your pistol likes Blazer go for it. Incidentally, the Police Academy here in Oregon uses vast quantities of Blazer and has for at least ten years.
25th June 2005, 16:41
I used to use the Blazer aluminum cases in 44 MAG. They were a lighter load, more like longer 44 Specials really and in a revolver there were no reliability issues. I have shot the Blazer Brass in my 45s with no issues.
25th June 2005, 22:12
I shot 100 rds of the CCI Blazer 230gr brass case today. I didn't have a single problem with it.
25th June 2005, 22:17
I was shooting the Aluminum junk. Im sure brass CCI would work good for me.
25th June 2005, 23:19
I've shot several boxes of it in my 1911 (I almost hate to admit that it's a Caspian frame/slide with a Bar Sto barrel from Cylinder and slide and I fed it something other than brass ammo, the purists will kill me) with no issues at all. I've also fired a few mags of it through my Kimber Ultra SP II with no problems. I prefer it to the blazer brass because blazer brass leaves powder residue (big flakes of ash) stuck to my forearms (I've shot "dirty" ammo, but this is a strange kind of dirty, the weapons look ok, but I'm filthy from it). However, I usually shoot Winchester 230 grain white box (blazer was in a pinch).
26th June 2005, 15:40
The Blazer aluminum cased 9mm was a very popular round. One of the ranges I used to shoot on had a lot of local LEO's practice there, and there were 9mm aluminum Blazer cases all over the range area they used. I guess the 45 ACP just jerks a little harder than the 9mm, during initial slide activation rearward, eh?
26th June 2005, 20:58
The empty casing should be pushing the slide, not the slide pulling the casing. There is pressure in the case that drives the bullet, the opposite side of that same pressure works against the rear of the case (bottom) to push the slide back, unlock the barrel and eject the round. The extractor only "works" once the case hits the ejector, it then pulls on one side of the case to cause it to rotate out of the ejection port.
Or did I miss something?
9th July 2005, 15:49
I've put abouit 1200 rounds of Blazer Aluminum 230 gr FMJ through my SA Black Stainless with perfect reliability. I've not had a single problem and use it for both range and USPSA. At about $8 per 50, it is the lowest cost .45 ACP ammo I've found.
I recently tried about 150 rounds of Blazer Aluminum in 115 gr FMJ in my XD-9. I was surprised to find that I had frequent failures to fire when inserting a fresh mag with a bullet still in the chamber. For some reason, it would not fire the round remaining from the previous mag. It had something to do with the seating of the mag I believe. This is the first ammo that my XD-9 has had any problem with. I still have a box of 50 and after that is gone, I'm going back to my WWB from Wally World.
I have used CCI Blazer brass in both these pistiols multiple times with 100% performance.
13th July 2005, 12:28
My Glocks (all 5 of them) seem to love this stuff. Stoppages happen, but they are very rare (maybe once in 300 or 400 rounds). Because of the low price and the fact that I only shoot this stuff for practice, that seems acceptable.
My Kimber Ultra Carry II feeds the aluminum-case Blazer fodder, but not as easily as do the Glocks. I can expect at least one stoppage every 100 rounds. My Kimber TLE/RL II hates the stuff and generates 5 to 10 stoppages per box of 50. I have switched over to Winchester White Box for both of my Kimbers. As long as I put in the time to keep the guns and magazines clean, this stuff feeds well in both guns.
Guns are individuals. Within reason, I try to feed them what they like. When they are happy, I'm happy. :D
28th July 2005, 21:42
I've just gone thru a 50 count box (200gr TMJ) in my Glock 20 (10mm) w/o any problems - actually hitting the X ring at 100 meters so accuracy is not an issue. On tear down, only a couple of aluminum specs on the frame. Now we'll see how the UMC nickle cases feed. :)
This is the first time I've used this ammo and it's the first box thru the G20 so I don't have any reference as to it being a light or regular load. I will chrono some next week (monsoon permitting) and post the results.
29th July 2005, 15:04
I've shots tens of thousands of rounds of aluminum case Blazer in 9mm, .40S&W, and especially .45ACP, in FMJ mostly, but also in JHP, and never had any feeding, ignition, accuracy or extraction problems. None. I don't reload, so it's all the same to me.
I've also shot a couple cases of Blazer Brass in .45ACP FMJ with no problems.
If the Blazer aluminum runs well in your gun and you can get it cheap, why not use it?
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