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11ZXC  [Member]
5/6/2011 6:14:09 PM

Request your assistance and expertise to identify the following 7.62 x 39 ammunition.
(e.g. Country of Origin, QTY within, Corrosive?)


N1Rampage  [Team Member]
5/6/2011 6:52:16 PM
660 round can of Russian 7.62x39mm. Possibly early 90's.

I think it reads as "Hunting Cartridges".

OXOTH-something something is "hunting".

Made in Ulyanovsk. Good ammo, very high likely of it being NON-corrosive, but you never know.
11ZXC  [Member]
5/6/2011 7:54:28 PM
Thank you very much.
1Devildog  [Member]
5/6/2011 9:44:16 PM
Yes, this is Russian hollow point "hunting ammunition". 123 gr. lead core hollow point made by Ulyanovsk in 1994 (headstamp is "3 94"). Lacquered steel case, copper clad steel jacket. I had lot #18 of 1994 and yours is lot #73 of 1994. Mine was non-corrosive, yours may or may not be. Some of the early Russian 7.62x39mm like this had corrosive primers. It's OK blasting ammo, but I had two dud rounds out of my can... Actually the ONLY dud 7.62x39mm I have ever had in many thousands of rounds before and after this can... and I've been shooting this caliber since 1985...

Quantity is 660 rounds, packed in 20 rd boxes.

What Is interesting to me as a collector and historian of this cartridge is that the powder is diferent than that normally seen in this load. My lot and most that I have seen use SSNF powder, but your particular lot uses the type normally found in 7.62x39mm ball cartridges, and it is dated from 1992... They may have been using up old stocks of whatever was available at the time...


emmetf  [Member]
5/6/2011 10:26:35 PM
I have a few boxes of this exact same ammo and from my very limited use, the primers are corrosive. Not that there's anything wrong with that! I never remember seeing it in a sealed can though. Interesting. Just clean well and have no worries! Good luck.
Chris_1522  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 12:59:18 PM
The "8MC" hollow point is supposed to be a very good bullet.
1Devildog  [Member]
5/10/2011 9:07:06 PM
In this case, the 8-"gs" refers to the projectile weight and pre-dates the 8MC by some years...

Chris_1522  [Team Member]
5/10/2011 9:17:57 PM
Originally Posted By 1Devildog:
In this case, the 8-"gs" refers to the projectile weight and pre-dates the 8MC by some years...


I stand corrected! Thank you!