I’ve been shooting Wolf .223 for pretty close to a decade. I’ve used it in every rifle I own that chambers the hotrod .22 caliber cartridge ranging from AR15’s to ACR’s and it has performed admirably. Some have expressed concern that the bi-metal bullets used in traditional Wolf .223 would increase wear on their barrel, and obviously it can increase wear to some degree as LuckyGunner confirmed with their in-depth testing. However, I’ve fired well over 50,000 rounds of the stuff in my life and I’ve yet to wear a barrel out with the Russian steel cased, bi-metal Wolf ammo of old.
Why do I say “of old”? Because there’s a new Wolf .223 in town called “Wolf Gold”. The Gold product line features boxer primed, brass cased, lead core bullets with copper jackets and it’s loaded a little hotter than the Russian steel cased stuff. Not only that, but the primers and bullets are sealed making this ammo great for long term storage or for use in hostile environments. It’s sourced from a manufacturer in Taiwan and seems to be of very good quality.
Firing the Gold .223 over the Chronograph produced impressive results. At 39 degrees outside and an elevation of 800ft above sea level, the “.223″ produced 5.56mm velocities out of my H&K MR556A1’s truncated 16″ barrel. Not only is the 55gr bullet moving at 5.56mm velocities, it’s also producing 1.5″ groups at 100 yards (10 shots).
Impressive specs, right? Now check out the price. AGS Armament is selling this by the case for $359 shipped to your door if you use the discount code MILITARYARMS. Considering the most affordable .223 on the market until this point has been Wolf steel cased Polyformance at around $300 a case, this is a heck of a deal.
Here’s a full review of the new Wolf Gold .223: