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|Manufacturer||Tula Cartridge Works|
|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.357 Magnum|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1280|
Tula Cartridge Works is a Russian ammo company that's been around since the 1880s, and today exists as one of the largest ammo makers in the world. They make a variety of economical products in various calibers that all meet European CIP safety and quality standards. For this review, we shot a couple of boxes of their 158 grain 357 Magnum load. Like most Tula ammo, these cartridges are steel cased with a polymer coating on the case to help with reliable extraction.
The cases are not reloadable but the primer and propellant are both non-corrosive. Despite what many people believe, Tula Ammo does not use a steel core bullet, but instead it's a normal lead core with a bi-metal jacket made of steel and copper. Some shooting ranges will not allow the use of bullets that attract a magnet like these. So be sure to check with your range. However, I personally, have never had any problems with ricochets or damage to targets using this ammo, so they should be safe as long as you're a reasonable distance from the backstop.
The first thing we noticed when shooting this ammo was the extremely mild recoil. It almost felt like a 38 Special +P load and didn't have anywhere near the felt recoil of any other Magnum load that we've tested. Tula lists the muzzle velocity as 1,280 feet per second, but my guess is, they measured this from a long barreled rifle and the number should be much lower out of a revolver.
We tested the ammo in six different guns and didn't have any problems with ignition or light strikes. We did have a difficult time extracting the spent casing from our Taurus revolver, and extraction wasn't quite as smooth as most other ammo in our other guns. If you shoot a lot of 38 Specials in your revolver, just make sure to clean out your chambers before using this ammo and extraction should be a lot smoother.
We tested accuracy from the bench at 15 yards, using a Smith & Wesson 686, with a four inch barrel. Results were pretty good and we were impressed with the group we got, considering the low cost of the ammo. If you want to plink with some Magnum ammo that doesn't kick quite as hard as some other loads, and you're not concerned about having reloadable brass, then Tula and 357 makes a great load for the range.
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Case expands too much by Norbert on 5/7/2018
The case WILL expand, making it extremely difficult for it to be removed/ejected from your revolver. If it wasn't for t...
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Bulged & won’t eject from cylinder of S&W66.DONT BUY OR WASTE TIME READING MORE REVIEWS!SOEND MORE $!
Don’t bother. Thin steal cased crap. Not worth saving a few pennies.
Hello Nick, This is a common issue with revolvers that are very tightly built and do not do well with steel cased ammo. Please reach out to us by calling 1 (800) 317-9506 with some details on your order so we can see what can be done for you on our end. We look forward to hearing from you Nick!
I bought a box of these .357's. The price was cheap, and I have had flawless performance from some other Russian ammo like Wolf. These, the case swelled upon firing. In my Ruger Vaquero, I had to take the cylinder out and knock the casas out with a screwdriver. They were STUCK. I tried some in my Marlin 1894 lever action and on the first shot, the case swelled so badly that the lever wouldn't pull it out. I pulled hard enough that the extractor pulled through the rim of the case. I had to take a brazing rod, when I got home, and knock that one out. I ended up throwing the rest of the box in the trash, so it wasn't a very good bargain.
Good to go
Ran a box of 50 new gun not one single issue. Took the ammo to the line and rocked them all one after another flawlessly. When the cases are coated wax or case lube them if dried out coating . buying 1000 rounds and stocking up cheap and the recoil is the same as my +p rounds nice smooth pop
Can i give 0 stars?
Well the cases split on the .357 ammo. Just like a review said earlier had to hammer the spent cases out of the cylinder. Got them out and they had split on the sides. This ammo is dangerous and 100% crap.
Terrible, Terrible Ammo. Make revolvers single shot again!
This ammo is horrendous. I picked up some 38 sp and 357. Fired from a Dan Wesson 14-2 and a Taurus 605. I had to knock out the 38 sp with a cleaning rod each time (probably could have given the ejection rod a good smack but didn't want to risk it). The 357... Locked up the cylinder in 2 rounds! Could not fire the third round in the Dan because the case expanded backwards.
Opened the cylinder and I could not knock the casing out with my cleaning rod. I literally had to let the ammo cool and then use a HAMMER to knock the case out... This should not happen with factory ammo.
No Go for S&W 66
This ammo expands so much you must force the casings it out of the cylinder. I shot one cylinder and quit as I didn't want to bend my ejector rod. This ammo is not recommended for revolvers.
Expands to much and gets stuck in GP 100
Shoots good, kinda dirty but, the deal breaker is it expands so much after firing that you have a good chance of bending your ejector rod to get it out. Id go a few more bucks the next order for Brass.
Case expands too much
The case WILL expand, making it extremely difficult for it to be removed/ejected from your revolver. If it wasn't for the excessively expanding cartridge this ammunition would be great, but that is exactly why it is cheaper than the others. A better quality case would make it more expensive. It might work fine with other weapons, but for sure it jams on my .357 Taurus, the .38 cartridge from this brand does the same on my .38 Special Taurus Revolver.
Good Ammo not Great
I bought a 1000 rounds and I was happy with the value and purchase but will buy higher quality for future use in my Ruger GP101 357mag. I am aware that steel ammo expands but it required a tool to extract even with the ammo oiled up a bit.
- Never misfired and reliable
- Great price
-Very Dirty Ammo IMHO
-Steel casing expands and required a tool to extract
I have fired about 3 boxes now and really love them in my 2 J frames, Ruger single action, and several K frame smith and wessons. They work especially well in my Rossi 92. I own about a dozen in 357 and several in 38 so I reload a lot. I bought a few boxes just because I wanted some full power loads to try in a new Model 60, 3 inch. These 158 grain bullets chrono 1,250 fps from my 3 inch gun. Absolutely great and right up there with the best premium loads. I read some reviews where people shot a bunch and then had trouble extracting. Well, duh, did you notice these are steel cases? I have been an NRA Instructor a few decades and run into rookies at local ranges all the time who do not understand little things like first, ARs must be kept wet to run reliably and secondly, a steel case when it gets hot will stick. One of the tricks many of us learned decades ago for matches is to simply take all your steel cased ammo and dump it out on a table, then wipe each round with an oily rag, dump it back in your range box and go shoot. Problem solved. If you are going to buy half price ammo, then check out any querks. . Just oil them or pay double, simple deal.
Steel case and revolvers dont mix
Im a big fan of tula ammo, no problems running through my ak, sks, and 9mm's. In my opinion, runs pretty dirty, but it always fires and is pretty acurate for practice ammo. After having realy good experiences with other calibers, i figured id try it through my ruger lcr .357. I ran a box of tula .38 tula ammo first, and it ran great. Ran better than pmc and federal and had good groups and no problems with ejection.
Then i tried the .357. Shot a nice group then i tried ejecting the rounds. Literally needed to put my body weight on the ejecter against the bench to get those suckers out. Thinking it was a fluke, i tried it again. Same thing, REEEEEALLY hard to eject the casings. They might work good for like a lever action rifle or something, but for revolvers nooooooo waaaaaay. Im glad i only bought 1 box instead of a case of 1k. And this is coming from a frequent user of tula and wolf ammo.
Will not eject from my S&W 686
I purchased in early Feb before the most recent negative reviews and I expected this to be worry-free target ammo but that is not my experience. I have a new S&W 686 .357 and this ammo WILL NOT eject. I was not expecting this to be the best ammo I have ever shot but for shooting paper on the weekend - I expected better.
Overall, very disappointed
Bad for my revolver
Constantly getting the firing pin stuck in primer. Not sure the reason why but it only happens with this ammo. Plus after firing the casing expands making it very difficult to eject rounds from cylinder.
Okay at the price
I fired 100 rounds through my 1992 Ruger GP100 this weekend. I didn't do any serious accuracy tests, but the bullets seemed to go where I wanted at about 15 yards. The concern with this ammo seems to be extraction, so that was the big issue that concerned me. I would have extracted about 17 times. I didn't count carefully, but I'd say that they ejected two or three times using my normal procedure of pushing with my thumb. About half the rest of the time, I had to push a bit harder with the base of my thumb or palm of my left hand. A few times, I had to pry a couple of cases out about a quarter inch to get the rest to extract. Once, I had to punch one of the shells out with a brass rod.
The most disturbing thing was when I went to pull the trigger once and nothing happened. I tried to extract, and the cylinder wouldn't release from the frame. I had to push several times to open the cylinder. When I got the cylinder open, I found one round remaining. I put that one back in a chamber, and it fired fine. I don't know whether I did something wrong or whether there could be a problem with the gun. I haven't shot this gun in a few years, so I'll have to try with other ammo. The fired shells didn't extract well, but I couldn't find anything wrong with the shells that I extracted.
For the money, I like this ammunition for practice. Until I figure out why the cylinder wouldn't turn and fire that one shot, I can't say that the ammo caused a problem. The extraction issues are inconvenient, but they aren't inconvenient enough to offset the benefit of a low cost practice round. I wouldn't use this ammo in any situation where I might need to reload quickly, but most of us wouldn't use FMJ .357 magnum rounds in those situations anyway. Even for hunting, most of us would choose a jacketed soft point over a FMJ.
Using my single action Ruger Blackhawk these rounds are awful. They are too loose for the cylinder causing it to expand inside the cylinder after firing. It has also given me problems pulling the hammer back and I have to forcefully do it. Also when I'm ready to extract it is extremely difficult. If you can get past this the price is great but with these issues I would rather pay a little more.
Casings expand too much in cylinder and are difficult to extract.
I bought these for a Ruger Security Six 357 Mag. The casings expand enough that it takes some force to extract. I've used several types of cheap ammo and never had this issue before. I'll use up what I bought, but I won't buy again. Had the same issue with their 357 and 38 special ammo. 38, with less power, wasn't quite as tight.
Bad for my revolver
I shoot a Chiappa rhino 200D. I have not tried this ammo in another revolver but for mine every round I shoot causes the casing to expand and I have to seriously force the casings out of the cylinder. Brass ammo like federal has no problems. Occasionally the firing pin will get stuck in the primer preventing the cylinder to move unless knocked loose, probably due to the type of primer used. Again, no issues with this using federal rounds.
Shoots well in carbines not in Blackhawk
High quality manufacture and accurate. Works well in my Taurus Braztec Rossi R92 carbine. Very accurate but shell casings wont eject easily from my Ruger Blackhawk. Ammo may be a little on the warm side.
Ran two boxes through my PX-4 fired every time but would not feed properly in my magazines. So I ended up with feeding problems. Rounds were loose in the magazines. Ran some Winchester and not one FTF or FTE. Tight fit in the magazine. This ammo may work well in your weapon and if so great.
Fun to shoot no problems and no brass to pick up.
If you encounter any problem blame your equipment. I have seen many auto loaders that only like hot loads, don't complain, go load your own and shut up. Buy this and have some fun....
Decent ammo for the price.
I have shot about a box of this in my Rossi M92 and have had no problems other than a couple have been a little hard to eject. They are accurate and about as clean as most ammo. Since I always clean my firearms after use I really do not worry much about ammo that is a little dirty.
We have 2 Taurus 380 semi automatics for daily shooting. They have been flawless for 2 years. I just bought 300 rounds of TulAmmo due to the price. After they had been carried for some time, in the in the chamber and clips, we tried to unload them both. Removed the clips, but could not eject the bullets in the chambers. After nearly a half hour of temper tantrums, we got them out. We each fired a few rounds of our brass cased ammo perfectly. Now, like the dumb ass every one thinks I am, Ioaded one into the chamber of each one. My wife tried hers and got a puny click - no fire! She kept it pointed down range, while I fired mine one time. Guess what? puny click, no fire. After much struggling very carefully, I got mine out. Hers is still jammed in the chamber and goes to a gunsmith tomorrow. I even wrapped a piece of cloth around the back of the slide and used vice grips as tenderly as I could. No go! I will never buy any again and can only hope and pray that my gunsmith can clear it and not get hurt or killed. Now.... Here is what I observed after getting the first one out of my gun. I held yours that did not fire, right up next to mine that did fire, and here is the difference. my spent casing had a perfect round dent, dead center, and actually well dented. Your round that did not fire, had a very tiny mark like this ( . ) over on the very edge of the primer that I looked at for a long time before I noticed it was there. Now I held them both up side by side, bullet side down, and found that my round was perfectly flat across the top. Your round was very slightly deeper in the center where the firing pin hits. This explains why it did not fire, but why did the casing not eject? Would you be willing to buy my ammo from me as I will not try this again? If my wife's gun is ruined, where do I go from here?
Shoots well, but difficult to extract cartridges
I shot 100 rounds of these through my Ruger GP100 & S&W 686 Plus TALO. They all fired fine and accurate, trouble was getting them extracted after being shot. I wear shooting gloves and I had to pound the extractor rod several times to get them where I could pull them out by hand with the Ruger. It was the same with the S&W, except when shooting in SA, the cylinder would occasionally be difficult to move while pulling back on the hammer. I also had to use the back end of a plastic screw driver handle to hit the extractor rod as my gloved had was not enough. I bought 1000 rounds of this ammo and hope to heck I don't damage either gun finishing this ammo off. I will not buy this caliber brand again, and agree with another reviewer to suggest new buyers only get 50 rounds to see if its problem free with your revolver.
This ammo would not eject from my new Ruger SP-101. Lucky for me, I had a pair of pliers in my truck. I had to tap the ejector rod with the rubber grips, in order to raise the rim far enough to grip the case with the pliers. It took a fair amount of force to extract the case. This problem continued through 50-rounds. All cartridges fired reliabily and perfromed as expected. I will NEVER buy this ammo again.
Purchased this ammo to train with my 640-3 and my sp-101 3".I have to use a rubber mallet to get them to eject from my sp-101, but they do barely eject in my 640. Also had problems this morning with the cylinder bunching up and not rotating to a new chamber. All other ammo works fine in both guns, and it's the only problems I've had out of either gun . If you want to get some, buy fifty rounds and try them first, because I now have about 700 rounds of Tula I'm afraid to shoot.
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