Tula and Ulyanovsk Ammunition

LuckyGunner has published an article about Tula and Ulyanovsk Ammunition (branded as TulaAmmo in the US market). The article is very interesting and well worth reading.

Tula and Ulyanovsk current president Alexei Solovov

I was very surprised to learn that Tula is 100% privately owned. I had always assumed it was part of the Russian government. Another interesting fact is that Tula plan on switching to steel-free bullets for the US market so it can be used at ranges that ban steel-core ammunition.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Seven-Six-Two

    The fact that they are switching away from putting any steel in their bullets makes this practice-ammo only for me. Instead of doing modifications to increase terminal performance, they are actually making them penetrate LESS to deal with fussy range officers? No thank you. They don’t even use sealant on case necks and primer pockets anymore. I will stick with Golden Tiger, which is real military grade ammo, not commercialized crap. I had 8 duds out of 100 rounds of Ulyanovsk 7.62×39 I shot recently.

    On another note, does this mean that Wolf will cease to exist as it becomes consolidated under the TulAmmo brand name?

  • Lance

    Pls pls make some none magnetic 5.45×39 so I can shoot competition with a AK-74.

  • Nadnerbus

    Here’s a dumb question. Why do ranges ban steel core? My local outdoor range does, and I don’t quite understand the rationale. The target stands are made of plywood and the backstop is dirt. What does it matter the type of bullet you are shooting at it?

  • According to TulAmmo:
    – They will be offering two projectile jacket options at the end of 2011. They are keeping their traditional jackets that contain steel inside of the jacket (bi-metal) as their main line and will be introducing a copper/zinc option to meet certain non-magnetic range requirements.
    – TulAmmo is currently not using sealant on the primer pockets and case necks.
    – Wolf continues to manufacture ammunition at Russian plants other than the Tula and Ulyanovsk factories.

  • I live in Northern VA and probably the only shooting club that’s not private or crazy expensive to join, and has a 1,000 yard range, the Quantico Shooting Club, prohibits use of about all Soviet calibers “in case” they are steel core. I also don’t understand this.


    “The following ammunition is restricted from use until the Marine Corps can complete dispersal area testing and determine the allowable safe usage. These include, but are not limited to:

    5.45 x 39 mm
    7.62 x 25 mm
    7.62 x 39 mm
    7.62 x45 mm
    7.62 x 54 R
    9 x 18 mm”

    • paul

      It’s just another form of gun control the government is shoving down our throat!

  • Bill Lester


    I don’t understand your concern. How will copper jacketed ammunition penetrate any less than steel? Penetration isn’t lacking with FMJ bullets using either jacket material.

  • Riceball

    @Bill The issue isn’t with the jacket but the core, Russian ammo tends to be steel core while US made ammo is lead.

  • Brandon

    The Jackets are bi-metal…. Copper over steel with a lead core. They are now steel core bullets.

  • Brandon

    **They are not steel core bullets.**

  • Mr Evilwrench

    I went to fire some 7.62×39 one time, and the range guy took a magnet to it to see if it was steel core or just steel jacket. You can tell the difference easily. I think what we have are some range guys that think if it has any steel at all it must be “armor piercing” and will punch straight through the backstop and kill the sleeping children in the next room.

  • Sam

    “…their polymers have phenol-formaldehyde resins, which are very, very harmful.”

    Phenol-formaldehyde is used to make pool balls and tabletops. It is not known for its toxicity.

  • dw

    ” “…their polymers have phenol-formaldehyde resins, which are very, very harmful.”

    Phenol-formaldehyde is used to make pool balls and tabletops. It is not known for its toxicity.”

    as an engineered thermoset product, it is stable. From the consumer’s perspective, it poses little danger(at ambient temperature). However, from the perspective of the manufactuerer, it is hazardous. Look up MSDS data sheet or google the raw material components.