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Steel-cased ammo vs. brass-cased ammo… What is the difference? by Josh

I hear many people talking about steel-cased ammo, its “lacquer” coating on the shell casing, and generally how they shoot dirtier than brass-cased ammo. People often ask if it’s ok to shoot steel-cased ammo in their gun. So here are my thoughts:

  • In the past the steel-cased ammo was manufactured with a lacquer coating on the shell casing. A buildup of the melted lacquer, which occurred during the firing sequence, sometimes caused malfunctions by gumming up the gun, and making it more difficult to clean. Steel-cased ammo manufacturers have addressed this problem, and now use a polymer coating. Silver Bear uses a zinc coating, and Golden Bear uses a brass coating. So the issues with “melting lacquer” are no more.
  • I’ve heard people say that steel ammo is dirty too. It is. But maybe not for the reason you’re thinking. Brass expands very quickly when fired. When it expands it seals the chamber which prevents gas and debris from blowing back into the receiver. Steel cases expand less and more slowly, which allows some gas and debris to blow back into the chamber, thus causing more fouling. Another by-product of not sealing as quickly means accuracy may also be reduced.
  • Steel cases are not reloadable like brass cases. For those that don’t reload, this is a non-issue.

    So should people buy steel or not? Well, it’s a tradeoff, and it’s up to the individual shooter whether it’s worth it or not. Firing steel-cased ammo won’t hurt your gun, and it is cheaper to shoot. But there will most likely be diminished accuracy, and it will cause more fouling. So it really depends on what type of shooting the individual is doing, and what his/her expectations are.


Dirty, Filthy, Stinking Gun -- Sonic Cleaning is the Solution

Drop your gun in the mud and muck? Did you spend the weekend shooting with your friends, and your gun is filthy? Really lube up your gun, thinking it was the right thing to do… only to find out all that grease/oil attracted every bit of dust, dirt, and metal fragments into every space of your gun? Or do you just really dislike cleaning your guns?

Well, RedNex has the answer to all of those questions – Sonic Gun Cleaning.

Ultrasonic cleaning has been used for years on many items such as jewelry, eyeglasses, dental and surgical equipment, and has been gaining popularity in the gun cleaning world because of the ability to get into nooks and crannies you simply can’t with a normal field stripping.

Ultrasonic gun cleaning uses ultrasound (high presser sound waves), heat and a specially designed solvent that won’t harm the finish, wood, or hydrodipping on your gun. The ultrasound bubbles “penetrate blind holes, cracks, and recesses. The intention is to thoroughly remove all traces of contamination tightly adhering or embedded onto solid surfaces...Contaminants can include dust, dirt, oil, pigments, rust, grease, algae, fungus, bacteria, lime scale, polishing compounds, flux agents, fingerprints, soot wax and mold release agents, biological soil like blood, and so on.” (Wikipedia – Ultrasonic Cleaning)

So don’t wait. Bring it in today and get your gun ready for the next time you need to use it.

Cost = $40 per hour**

**Remember as part of the New Gun Buyers Program, you get 3 free sonic gun cleanings with any new gun you purchase from RedNex.

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Click here to watch Sonic Cleaning in Action

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Gun Stuff 101

This is the first, of what I hope to be many, short posts, loosely based on commonly asked questions we get here in the store. If you think of a topic you’d like me to address, feel free to drop me a line. - Josh

Benelli vs Stoeger 3500

Benelli SBEii

Benelli SBEii

Stoeger 3500

Stoeger 3500

There are some customers who know a good bit about shotguns, and teach us a few things. And then there are some that couldn’t tell you the first thing about them, and come to the store to get a better understanding. That's why we are here. To help. To educate our customers to give them the information they need to make a decision about their next firearm purchase.

A common question we've had over the past several years, “Is the Stoeger 3500 just a cheaper Benelli? What is the difference?” So here’s a brief explanation.

Benelli bought Stoeger about 10 years ago because their Model 2000 was very similar in operation to Benelli’s self-loaders and it was cheaper/easier to buy the company than to fight it out in court over who had the rights to use that system. That “operation” is what Benelli calls “Inertia Driven,” and it is actually a type of recoil operated gun. Auto or self-loading shotguns are either recoil operated or gas operated.

So, Benellis and Stoegers are similar in how they operate, and Benelli owns Stoeger (and Beretta owns Benelli), but they aren’t the same gun.

For starters, Benellis are Italian-made and Stoegers are Turkish-made. The parts are totally different and the manufacturing process is different. Most of the Benelli autos we sell have “Crio Systems” barrels, where Benelli cryogenically freezes the barrels of the SBEIIs, Super Vincis, Vincis and M2 field guns which relieves the stress from the high heat, hammer forging process. Benelli claims it creates a smoother surface and helps put more pellets on target. Those same models mentioned above also have a type of recoil reduction stock – the “Comfort Tech” system.

Benellis also generally come with a hard plastic case and five choke tubes instead of the cardboard box and three choke tubes that are standard with the Stoegers – not that the plastic boxes are actually a selling point though …

So all of those factors contribute to Benellis being more expensive, and quite frankly they are a better quality gun – but the Stoegers are NOT junk. They are a good shotgun for the money. They cycle a variety of loads, and can be used for any type of shotgun hunting.

You’ll get the same customer service with your $700 Stoeger as you will with your $1700 Benelli. And as for repairs and turnaround time, I’d say they do a pretty good job. So if a Stoeger is in your budget, buy a Stoeger, it’s a great value. If you have the budget for a Benelli, buy a Benelli, it’s a great value.

May 20, 2015Posted by RedNex in Ammo

Hard to find ammo finds its way to RedNex

We've gotten our hands on some hard to find ammo... We think you are going to like what should be here Friday...Hurry in, it won't stay on the shelves long.

CCI Mini Mags, CCI Stingers, CCI AR Tactical, CCI Longs, and Federal XM855 420Rd Ammo Cans.

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Spring Turkey Contest Winner

A big congratulations to Allen Carneal, with his 81.19 point winner! Allen won both the youth and regular season competitions.

Coming in second with another impressive bird, Tayloe Emery, with a 74.66 point bird. What a great season. Can't wait for the next one. acarneal winner

Well done to all who had a successful season. As a reminder, all who signed up for our Spring Turkey Contest receive 25% off any of our Turkey Hunting Accessories until June 1, 2015. Come in and get geared up for next year.

"Memorial May" is just around the corner!!

Fantastic deals throughout the month.


The month of May holds a special place in our heart. May doesn't just signify the beginning of warmer weather, B-B-Qs, and beach days, but it's also the month in which we as a country take time out to thank our service men and women past and present. There is so much in this country to be thankful for, and we owe a lot of those freedoms, that many take for granted, to the men and women who have, and are currently serving our country in the military. What would the landscape of the United States of America be if our forefathers hadn't fought for this country and what they believed it could be. If we didn't stand up for what we thought was right, would we be the country we are today? Let us not forget all that our service men and women have done for us, and for all the families who have lost loved ones as they serve our country.

During the entire month of May, we'd like to honor the military, and give back in a small way. All Military Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive 20% off any non-firearm, or regularly priced items.

Have lunch on us! Back by popular demand, we'll be serving lunch every Wednesday!

  • Select clothing - 40% off
  • All RedNex Merchandise - 25% off
  • Huge section of Clearance items!
  • Fantastic deals on NEW firearms!! Be sure to stop by and check out the deals - they will be too good to miss!!
  • Taurus TCP 738FS .380ACP -- $225.99 While supplies LAST!
  • Taurus 738FS TCP
  • Taurus Model 85 SS - 38SPL Revolver -- $265.99 While Supplies LAST!
  • Taurus 85FS 38spl
  • Taurus Millenium 9mm -- $249.99 While supplies LAST!
  • TaurusMilPT111 G2
  • Smith & Wesson SD9VE & SD40VE -- $329.99 All Month Long!!
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Spring Turkey Contest - Update 4/21/2015

Based on the turkeys that have been brought in thus far for the contest, or just simply for weighing, it appears the spring turkey season is going well.  We've seen some beautiful birds, all shapes, sizes and colors.  Not being raised in a hunting family, I love these times of year when I get a chance to see these beautiful birds up close. The myriad of colors in feathers, snood and caruncles amaze me. Turkeys are truly magnificent creatures. As far as the contest goes ... I think Allen's early giant with two beards has discouraged some of you from bringing in your birds. James' 4-bearded beauty would have easily cinched the lead ... if only he'd registered for the contest. What fun! Let's see those birds!!! jamesturkey
April 9, 2015Posted by RedNex in News

Spring Turkey Contest!!

Don't miss out on RedNex 2nd Annual Spring Turkey Contest! We had a great start to the season, with the Youth/Apprentice day on April 4th - Allen Carneal won the Youth Day contest with a massive 23 lbs, two beard (9-1/16 and 8-1/16) bird. Each spur measured 1-3/16" for a total score of 81.19. Great job Allen!!

There is still just over one day left to register for our Regular Season contest. $20 gets you entered to win a  Benelli Nova 12/24 RealTree APG shotgun.

Feel free to use the following link to sign up online: Turkey Contest Sign Up


  • Eligible hunters must be signed in and have entry fee paid by 7pm on the Friday before Opening Day.
    • Regular Season - $20 – April 11 – May 16, 2015

  • Turkey must be killed during the general hunting season.
  • Eligible turkeys must be killed east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Entries must be legal as defined by the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
  • Turkeys killed within a fence or any other confined areas are not eligible to enter contest. Turkeys that were EVER kept inside a pen for breeding purposes or any other reason are NOT allowed. Turkeys that are tagged or tattooed for breeding purposes are NOT allowed. Turkeys cannot have been raised in a fenced-in area and released. Turkeys considered tame, domesticated or pet are NOT allowed.
  • Hunter must present valid hunting license and picture ID.
  • Measurement must be made within 24 hours of kill and no later than noon on Monday, May 18, 2015.


  • For measurement, the hunter must bring in the ENTIRE BODY.
  • MEASUREMENT LOCATIONS: RedNex Sporting Goods, 1309 Tappahannock Blvd, Tappahannock, VA 22560


  1. Turkey’s Weight – lbs/oz.
  2. Spur length – Left and Right
  3. Beard length – the longest hair will be used for measurement
  4. Tiebreakers will be determined by the longest beard.

  • In the case of a tie still remaining, the length of the beard on its own will be the determining factor
  • All measurements are rounded off to the nearest or 1/16 inch.
  • Once measured, a turkey cannot be measured by another measurer unless authorized by the contest committee.
  • In the case of a tie after the tiebreaker, winners will be challenged to a duel using the weapons of choice; or the committee will choose another method – your choice.


  • Hunters attempting to cheat in the Spring Turkey Contest or violating Virginia Game Laws are disqualified and barred from entering this contest for a period of two (2) years.
  • No more than one prize will be awarded to any registered hunter. A hunter's second turkey is valid only if it outscores first turkey.
  • All decisions of the contest committee are final. No whining. Whiners will be disqualified.

Grand Opening!!! RedNex Sporting Goods - New Location

November 8 at 9:00am
1309 Tappahannock Hwy, Tappahannock VA 22560

We are so excited to finally let everyone know that we have an Opening Date for the new location! Thank you to everyone who has supported us from the beginning and have stuck by us as we have gone through the growing pains of moving down the road.

Come visit us and take a look around the shop

July 30, 2013Posted by webmin in News

Unfortunate fire damage to our building

Unfortunately, the pet store next door to us had a severe fire last night, which has temporarily condemned our building – possibly there is a chance we can get back in before our move to the new store - Buoy 17 Restaurant.

If you are a customer, please use our online store – to shop for items direct from 4 of our distributors.

If you have an item on layaway – we will be freezing those accounts, and will unfreeze when we open, or you can contact us 804-443-0197, and you can pick up your item within the next day or two.

If you have a transfer gun, please call us and we will arrange to meet you with your firearm and complete necessary paperwork. 804-443-0197

If you have an item being worked on by our gunsmith, please plan to pick up your firearm in the next day or two – or it will be taken off site to be stored securely until our new shop is open.

Until our new store opens, we will only be responding to emails sent to

Thank you for your continued support and we apologize for any inconvenience!!!

The RedNex Staff