POTD: High Quality Gun Food

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

I heard on the grapevine that Hornady’s steel cased V-Max 5.45×39 and 7.62×39 ammunition has since the beginning of this year been loaded in lacquered steel cases, versus the polymer-coated steel cases that had been the basis for Hornady’s ammunition in those two Russian calibers previously. Sam of SG Ammo confirmed this rumor, and I promptly put in an order for some 5.45×39 V-Maxes.

Lacquered steel ammunition is more weather-resistant than its polymer-coated steel cased counterparts. Hornady has made the right choice requesting lacquered cases from their Russian supplier, and 5.45×39 caliber rifle owners in particular now have access to a modern expanding/fragmenting round they can store for long periods without worry of rust or corrosion.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • USMC03Vet USMC03Vet on Aug 08, 2015

    I thought the picture was a cake designed to look like gun stuff because you said food.
    Now I'm hungry.

  • OldOldLawyer OldOldLawyer on Aug 11, 2015

    I was introduced to the M16 at the start of my 23 year military career and later carried a mini14 as a police officer. Then startted reloading 5.56 for a bolt Howa and has seen gillions of guns in that caliber....that being said, some of the newer ARs have very tight chambers and when the get a little dirty, I have seen lots of guns cry fowl...now, move over to the 7.62 x 9...I got the SKA AK bug abou 1990..and ave bought may cases of stell ammo....I also shoot the x39 in a mini-Mauser bolt gun and a Mini-30....and can say that I have never had a problem with the steel ammo in those platforms....the 5.56 yea, the x39, never even one time....and for what it is worth, I reload the steel Tullamo and Wolf in 45 acp and it lasts longer than brass....and never a problem..Elmer Keith said if they ever made steel cases, the pressures of handgun ammo could go up dramativally...yep for the same price I will take brass, but otherwise, I love the steel..FWIW