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    Steel Beer Cans

    This is just a heads up for those making their own gas checks from aluminum beverage cans. For years Iíve been drinking a brand of beer and always assumed the cans were aluminum. They have the same shape and thickness as aluminum cans, but one day my son picked up a magnet and it stuck right to it. It had the same color as aluminum, but sure wasnít. I donít make my own gas checks, but I donít want others to accidentally use steel for their gas checks.

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    what brand? havent seen steel since 1970

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    Same as using non US made ammo. IE... Most of Europe. Heck, Most of the US made military ammo up to a few years ago were steel jacketed. M80 still might be.

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    I don't know about it since the "move" to Latrobe...but Iron City said they would never use aluminum cans. That was in the 80's. I don't drink beer, but a magnet check seems logical anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregLaROCHE View Post
    This is just a heads up for those making their own gas checks from aluminum beverage cans. For years I’ve been drinking a brand of beer and always assumed the cans were aluminum. They have the same shape and thickness as aluminum cans, but one day my son picked up a magnet and it stuck right to it. It had the same color as aluminum, but sure wasn’t. I don’t make my own gas checks, but I don’t want others to accidentally use steel for their gas checks.
    What brand ? I haven't seen a steel beer can in 40 years . The old steel beer can that I do have is Jax Beer ... but it's from the 1960's .
    They had cool commericals ... " Jax the beal jeer ! "
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    Pull tabs is my guess ; )
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    I believe Foster's is still in a steel can.
    While Foster's is an Australian beer, the Foster's I buy in MN is brewed and canned in TX (according to the label.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomme boy View Post
    Same as using non US made ammo. IE... Most of Europe. Heck, Most of the US made military ammo up to a few years ago were steel jacketed. M80 still might be.
    Steel cans for beer is rare in europe and I have never encountered one in England. In fact the only time I've encountered one is for Fax lager from Denmark, that comes in 1 litre cans. Unfortunately it only appears at Liddle and only at this time of year. The can is of adequate thickness for gas checks but I couldn't detect any difference in use over aluminium. Considering the effort of cutting the can up and punching the checks, plus the extra wear and tear on the die, I decided steel isn't worth the effort.

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    I’m in France and the beer is a German economy brand of strong beer. Half a liter of 7.9 %. Actually it came from the same chain store as Andrew375 in the Uk.

    I would worry about the steel wearing the bore if used as a gas check. The can looks like an aluminum can. Same shape, not at all like the steel cans of way back when.

    I’m away from home now, but when I get back, I’ll post a couple of pictures with the magnet stuck to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew375 View Post
    Steel cans for beer is rare in europe and I have never encountered one in England. In fact the only time I've encountered one is for Fax lager from Denmark, that comes in 1 litre cans. Unfortunately it only appears at Liddle and only at this time of year. The can is of adequate thickness for gas checks but I couldn't detect any difference in use over aluminium. Considering the effort of cutting the can up and punching the checks, plus the extra wear and tear on the die, I decided steel isn't worth the effort.
    I was referring to the steel jacketed Military ammo.

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    Not just military ammo. I have several Norma made boxes of bullets. They are all plated steel jackets. Shoot good though.
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    Steel cans had some type of plastic coating. I wonder about that on a gas check also.

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    I guess if you installed them and PCed you would be safe. As I said before, I don’t make my own. I bite the bullet and spend for the copper ones. I don’t shoot them that much these days. I’m getting into black powder.

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    The steel used in making cans is a lot softer than that for barrels. Kynoch made steel jacketed bullets for their solid bullet ammo.

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    I'm still waiting to hear about what beer is using steel. I'm assuming the OP is in The US
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonp View Post
    I'm still waiting to hear about what beer is using steel. I'm assuming the OP is in The US
    see post #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonB_in_Glencoe View Post
    see post #9
    Oh, Ha! I saw the post but thought it was another reply not from the OP. Guess I need to pay attention more
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    Beer in steel can never seen one for a long time and pull taps. The new kids of drinking age are clues less what a pull tap is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickys2 View Post
    Beer in steel can never seen one for a long time and pull taps. The new kids of drinking age are clues less what a pull tap is.
    Or a church key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonB_in_Glencoe View Post
    Or a church key.
    Yes regular old can opener. The pointy thing many of us had on our key chains. Indeed everyone had one in the glove box, 4 or 5 in the silverware drawer etc.,
    It's like now when people say wow way back when they had rotary dial phones... Some of us had crank phones with 8 other families on the same line. I guess the good old days are going to have to be qualified now as to just when those "good old days actually occurred. hahahahaha

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