Thank you for your time and advise. Will read all the material. I’m starting and enjoying every minute of it. It took me a year of research before buying the PDP. And actually, the gun is making me a good shooter.Here is a link to another recent thread on steel-cased ammo. I debated linking to it because there is a lot of arguing about whether the Walther stepped chamber is a true 9mm chamber. There are a lot of opinions on the subject but - in my opinion - if you dig into the arguments, there's not a lot of actual hard data to support the opinion. Sometimes it's someone's single experience or it's something they've heard repeated over and over again on the internet but it isn't from formalized systematic testing.
The closest I have ever seen is the testing Lucky Gunner did a few years back with .223 ammo, Brass vs. Steel Cased Ammo – An Epic Torture Test. Even their testing has limitations - especially applying it to handgun ammo - but I think it is still valuable and worth the time to read.
My experience with steel cased ammo is limited to 50 rounds of Wolf steel case through my PDP and 100 rounds of Winchester's USA forged steel cased abomination through my PPQ and a Sig P365. The Wolf was softer recoiling than typical ammo but it functioned fine in PDP. The pistol cleaned up just fine as well. The Winchester choked both pistols it was tried in and required a hammer to unstick at least once. It acted like it was out of spec but I didn't try a case gauge on it to find out.
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Brass and Wolf steel cases fired through my PDP.
Bottom line, try it in your pistol if you want. If it works, it works. If not, sell the ammo, not the gun.
Congratulations on being the first American manufacturer to lower the bar... hell, they practically got rid of the bar all together.Winchester Became the First United States Manufacturer of Steel Shellcase Pistol Ammunition with its USA Forged Line
GOOD.... f the Russians and their crap ammo.Unfortunately, ammo manufactured in Russia such as steel casing ammo from Tula and Wolf are or will be banned from being imported into the US according to the State Department because of recent sanctions being imposed on the Russian Federation.
Brasky68, may want to check Best Ammo for Finding Ammunition 2021 - Guns Mags ReloadingI’ve never bought steel case pistol ammo prior to the pandemic, but my views have shifted on it a bit out of necessity due to local supply issues we’ve all faced...
My mindset towards steel case in 2021 is “shoot it, don’t stock it”. I keep a minimum stock of brass case range ammo in all of my calibers at home and “replace” whatever I plan to use prior to a range trip.
If steel is all that’s available in the days prior to my regular range session, I’ll buy 50-100 rounds and use it up immediately.
I’ve only had to resort to steel a few times, either due to it being the only ammo available locally, or if the cost savings vs brass is $5 or more per box.
I haven’t had any issues with performance of note out of my HKs. It’s dirty but seems to shoot ok.