Freedom Munitions Release Steel Case Ammo Line – “American Steel”

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Freedom Munitions, known for their affordable direct-to-consumer reloaded and new ammunition has released their new steel cased American Steel line of ammunition. Looks are a bit deceiving, as the case does look to be brass but it is only brass-plated.

The new American Steel line is being launched in newly-loaded 9mm featuring X-Treme bullets 115gr. FMJ loadings only. The bullets are not bi-metal rounds like those typically found in imported steel-cased ammunition. Velocity is rated at 1090 fps with Freedom Munitions reporting the load uses the same powders and primers as their standard new and re-manufactured ammunition.

Freedom Munitions is blunt about the intended purpose of the ammunition – cheap practice ammunition and even links to their Super Match for those looking for true competition ammunition. That said, for local 3-gun matches, I see this being used agreeably (especially since I do not reload).

Pricing is most agreeable, with prices per round hovering around and below $.20 (not including shipping). No word on additional calibers or loadings, but given Freedom Munitions’ constant expansion, I think its just a matter of time. Those interested can peruse the various quantities direct at Freedom Munition’s website. 

Sadly, even with the brass plating, the ammunition is not re-loadable. On the flip side, all cases are made in America.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Will

    Brass-plated steel?! This is an act of aggression!

    • TechnoTriticale

      Yep. Reloaders who scavenge at ranges might have to add a magnet to their case sorting ritual.

      • anon

        if it gets some of the particularly horrible brass gremlins off your back, then isn’t it a plus?

      • TexTopCat

        If it is boxer primed, then it can be reloaded at least some number of times. You know that once they said you could not reload the Aluminum cases and that has been shown to be false. They reload just fine for many reloading cycles.

        • iksnilol

          Steel cases can be reloaded as well. Plenty of guides online. Only deciding factor is if it is boxer primed.

        • LV-426

          LOL you have fun with that.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I just checked it out. The price seems to be a little higher than other steel cased ammo and more in line with actual brass cased target ammo.
    DEAL ALERT: If you go to the linked website and add something to your cart, you’ll get a notice that appears. It says first time customers can get FREE shipping.

    • Sianmink

      brass has higher lubricity than steel, so it probably aids somewhat in loading and extraction. That said it’s probably more of a gimmick than anything, and I wonder why they don’t just nickel it instead.

      • TexTopCat

        It prevents rust.

  • RickH

    I’ve had no issues with steel cases, just happy to see the bullet is not bi-metal.

  • YS

    Ironically, their brass reloads are slightly cheaper than their steel loads, and their blaster loads are significantly cheaper.

    I’m confused by their price point.

  • Paul White

    I’m a noob but can someone explain the benefits of coating steel or aluminium with brass vs just leaving it?

    • Steve Truffer

      Lower friction, which means more reliable feeding and extraction.

  • NDS

    Pricing seems decent, plus a great way to troll overly aggressive brass bandits.

    Only issue with match use is the 1090fps MV – that is RIGHT at 125 pf, it’d suck to be invalidated if tested just below at a match that counted.

    • Kevin

      My experience with Freedom 9mm was the newly manufactured brass stuff was incredibly underpowered, couldn’t cycle a G19 or G26

  • USMC03Vet

    I wish they’d sell 762×39…..

  • LV-426

    This is going to be a NIGHTMARE in the brass bag.

  • The velocity leaves a bit to be desired – 115gr subsonic.