A common topic of discussion among gun owners is steel vs. brass ammo casings and the differences between the two are. People love discussing the pros and cons of each.

So, in this article, we’re going to explore the differences between the two types of casings, and at the end, I’ll give you the breakdown of my opinion on which type is “better.”

“This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

Potential Paycheck Killer

At the risk of sounding blatantly obvious, I’ll start with the most noticeable difference when it comes to steel vs brass ammo. And this difference is the price.

Steel rounds are typically much cheaper than brass rounds. Because of that, some casual firearm enthusiasts simply see the price listed and buy up as many of them as they can afford, assuming they just got the deal of a lifetime. Some of them probably never even notice that they bought steel rounds rather than brass ones, even after shooting the rounds off.

The color is usually your dead giveaway, but someone not paying much attention could easily overlook that detail or write the color difference off to a difference among ammunition brands. Assuming the rounds act appropriately in the weapon, a casual shooter would probably notice little, if any, difference while firing the weapon. But that doesn’t mean no difference exists.

Treat Your Weapon as Yourself

“My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready.”

However, following a shooting session with steel ammo, your weapon will be significantly dirtier than if you had shot with higher-quality brass rounds. The difference is almost shocking to see, even when shooting a measly 30-40 rounds during a short, slow-fire shooting session.