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    Wolf Gold Ammo

    AIM surplus has Wolf Gold Ammo on sale at $6.99 per box.
    I bough 20 boxes of this a little while back.

    This ammo is really good ammo, I was pretty amazed, to tell the truth, as I bought it with a great deal of self doubt, but it proved to be as good as it's advertised.

    Features:
    Reloadable Brass
    Boxer Primer (non-corrosive)
    Sealed Primer
    Copper Jacketed Lead 55gn.
    Sealed at Cannelure

    It burns very clean, as compared to a lot of other "factory" ammo.

    Right now, I can tell you that it's accurate to 50 yards (which doesn't prove much), due to the fact that the outdoor range I belonged to went belly up, and I only have an in-door until the spring. I suspect accuracy will be fine except for target, or long range coyote/pest shooters. I'd like to try it out at 300 meters, which I think is suitable for utility grade rifles.

    The ammo is made in Taiwan.

    I bought 400 rounds, shot 100, and just ordered another larger quantity today. It's normally $6.99 per box, with a price break on a case.

    Thought I'd pass it along, as I like it and think price wise it's the best deal going, no more bi-metal, steel case, stuff, just brass and FMJ 55gn bullets.

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    I have heard its some decent ammo, and aim is a good place, but their shipping prices for me just kill any kind of deal, as i just checked and a 1000 rounds was some thing like $69 bux in shipping..i have shipped tons of things and even that is high, especially under a company account..

    But thanks for the heads up......i have a bunch of bullets,brass,powder and primers waiting for me to turn into ammo..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustangfreek View Post
    I have heard its some decent ammo, and aim is a good place, but their shipping prices for me just kill any kind of deal, as i just checked and a 1000 rounds was some thing like $69 bux in shipping..i have shipped tons of things and even that is high, especially under a company account..

    But thanks for the heads up......i have a bunch of bullets,brass,powder and primers waiting for me to turn into ammo..
    Mustang, I almost freaked out = did a double take...but then what state are you in. My shipping for 1K is 18.95. But they are located about 50 miles north of me, I can even do free pick-up.

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    Thank you for the heads up FT....much appreciated.

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    The only qualms I have with Russian ammo is the bi metal jacketed bullets. If these are truly all copper jackets, I say get 'em. I won't be buying any since I reload for around 0.25 a round if I buy in bulk and shop around.

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    Wolf Gold 55 grain FMJ








    When most shooters hear the phrase “Wolf ammunition,” what usually comes to mind is steel-cased rounds loaded with bi-metal jacketed bullets. Fortunately, the 55 grain FMJ “Wolf Gold” ammunition that is manufactured in Taiwan does not fit this description.

    The Wolf Gold ammunition reviewed for this report uses brass cases with the annealing iris still visible and is loaded with typical copper jacketed/lead core bullets. The 55 grain projectile has a cannelure and there is a collet crimp at the case mouth. The case mouth is also sealed with asphalt sealant. The brass case has crimped and sealed boxer primers and the round is charged with ball powder.





















    When most shooters hear the phrase “55 grain FMJ,” what usually comes to mind is M193 ammunition. The velocity specification for M193 as cited in MIL-C-9963F states:

    The average velocity of the sample cartridges, conditioned at 72 degrees, plus or minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit (F), shall be 3165 feet per second (ft/sec), plus or minus 40 ft/sec, at 75 feet from the muzzle of the weapon. The standard deviation of the velocities shall not exceed 40 ft/sec.


    The specification is for a 20” barrel. Depending on multiple variables, this velocity specification equates to a muzzle velocity of approximately 3270 FPS, plus or minus 40 FPS. I chronographed the Wolf Gold 55 grain FMJ ammunition from a semi-automatic AR-15 with a chrome-lined, NATO chambered 20” Colt M16A2 barrel.









    Chronographing was conducted using an Oehler 35-P chronograph with “proof screen” technology. The Oehler 35P chronograph is actually two chronographs in one package that takes two separate chronograph readings for each shot and then has its onboard computer analyze the data to determine if there is any statistically significant difference between the two readings. If there is, the chronograph “flags” the shot to let you know that the data is invalid. There was no invalid data flagged during this testing.

    The velocity stated below is the muzzle velocity as calculated from the instrumental velocity using Oehler’s Ballistic Explorer software program. The string of fire consisted of 10 rounds over the chronograph.














    Each round was single-loaded and cycled into the chamber from a magazine fitted with a single-load follower. The bolt locked-back after each shot allowing the chamber to cool in between each shot. This technique was used to mitigate the possible influence of “chamber-soak” on velocity data. Each new shot was fired in a consistent manner after hitting the bolt release. Atmospheric conditions were monitored and recorded using a Kestrel 4000 Pocket Weather Tracker.

    The muzzle velocity for the 10-shot string of the Wolf Gold 55 grain FMJ ammunition was 3213 FPS with a standard deviation of 25 FPS. For comparison, IMI M193 had a muzzle velocity of 3274 FPS when fired from the same barrel, with a standard deviation of 18 FPS.








    Atmospheric conditions.

    Temperature: 77 degrees F
    Humidity: 40%
    Barometric pressure: 30.12 inches of Hg
    Elevation: 950 feet above sea level



    The accuracy specification for M193 cited in MIL-C-9963F is as follows:

    The average of the mean radii of all targets of the sample cartridges, fired at 200 yards, shall not exceed 2.0 inches.

    These averages are from 10-shot groups fired from machine rested, bolt-actioned test barrels, such as the ones pictured below. All things being equal (which of course they seldom are) this specification equates to a mean radius of 1 inch at 100 yards for 10-shot groups.
















    I conducted an accuracy (technically, precision) evaluation of the Wolf Gold 55 grain FMJ ammunition following my usual protocol. This accuracy evaluation used statistically significant shot-group sizes and every single shot in a fired group was included in the measurements. There was absolutely no use of any Group Reduction Techniques (e.g. fliers, target movement, Butterfly Shots).

    The shooting set-up will be described in detail below. As many of the significant variables as was practicable were controlled for. Also, a control group was fired from the test-rifle used in the evaluation using match-grade, hand-loaded ammunition; in order to demonstrate the capability of the barrel. Pictures of shot-groups are posted for documentation.

    All shooting was conducted from a concrete bench-rest from a distance of 100 yards (confirmed with a laser rangefinder.) The barrel used in the evaluation was free-floated. The free-float handguards of the rifle rested in a Sinclair Windage Benchrest, while the stock of the rifle rested in a Protektor bunny-ear rear bag. Sighting was accomplished via a Leupold VARI-X III set at 25X magnification and adjusted to be parallax-free at 100 yards. A mirage shade was attached to the objective-bell of the scope. Wind conditions on the shooting range were continuously monitored using a Wind Probe. The set-up was very similar to that pictured below.










    The Wind Probe.






    The test vehicle for this evaluation was one of my semi-automatic precision AR-15s with a 20” stainless-steel Lothar Walther barrel. The barrel has a 223 Wylde chamber with a 1:8” twist.

    Prior to firing the Wolf Gold ammunition, I fired a 10-shot control group using match-grade hand-loads topped with the Sierra 55 grain BlitzKing. That group had an extreme spread of 0.78”.









    Next, three 10-shot groups of the Wolf Gold were fired in a row with the resulting extreme spreads:

    2.13”
    2.60”
    2.44”

    for a 10-shot group average extreme spread of 2.39”. The three 10-shot groups were over-layed on each other using RSI Shooting Lab to form a 30-shot composite group. The mean radius for the 30-shot composite group was 0.76”.




    The smallest 10-shot group.







    The 30-shot composite group.






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    Excellent Post Molon. I've followed you over the years on M4c. Thanks for posting and sharing your knowledge here. Usually I glance over reviews, but I actually read yours several times. Thanks again.

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    I might be switching the ammo I keep on hand after reading that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn View Post
    I might be switching the ammo I keep on hand after reading that...
    How so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UWone77 View Post
    Excellent Post Molon. I've followed you over the years on M4c. Thanks for posting and sharing your knowledge here. Usually I glance over reviews, but I actually read yours several times. Thanks again.
    Same here, it's nice to see Molon post his excellent reviews again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by six8 View Post
    How so?
    Normally I try and keep m/xm193 on hand for the velocity, but that Wolf Gold doesn't give up much to it and is much cheaper. Gonna have to play with some.
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    Great article Molon. Was interesting to read about a .223/5.56 round that wasn't about M193. I haven't done any sort of scientific testing on it, but I've run about 400 rds of Wolf Gold through my AR, and it's run flawlessly thus far (to include no cleanings yet to date).

    Quote Originally Posted by mustangfreek View Post
    I have heard its some decent ammo, and aim is a good place, but their shipping prices for me just kill any kind of deal, as i just checked and a 1000 rounds was some thing like $69 bux in shipping..i have shipped tons of things and even that is high, especially under a company account..
    ... a little late, but I figured I'd let you know. When I got my 1k of Wolf Gold, I got it over at The Armory. I've found them to be the cheapest place selling Wolf Gold to include shipping (but that's also shipping location dependent).

    They don't have any Wolf Gold in stock now (who does at this point anyways) but I was playing around with some numbers, I put 2 orders of 500 rds of Wolf Performance (includes an ammo can) in my cart, and set the zip code to where Rainier Arms was; shipping came down to just about $30, so you could probably expect around that price if you bought 1k Wolf Gold in an ammo can. It's probably not the greatest of prices, but it certainly beats $69. Just wanted to post this in case you were interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn View Post
    Normally I try and keep m/xm193 on hand for the velocity, but that Wolf Gold doesn't give up much to it and is much cheaper. Gonna have to play with some.
    Yeah, same here. I have plenty on hand and have probably shot 2k+ without issue


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    Still want to try some of this stuff, never seen it locally..and now its sold out about everywhere online..

    Most report its good ammo for the price, especially being brass cased, for the reloaders...

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