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thomast77  [Member]
9/27/2011 6:04:44 PM EST
Greyish colored Steel cased 7.62x39 headstamp 21 over 79. Looking for an ID for this ammo and is it corrosive?
Thanks and Best Regards
tom
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RedFalconBill  [Team Member]
9/27/2011 7:11:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By thomast77:
Greyish colored Steel cased 7.62x39 headstamp 21 over 79. Looking for an ID for this ammo and is it corrosive?
Thanks and Best Regards
tom

Hungarian (I think), and if it is a FMJ bullet, I would treat it as corrosive.
1Devildog  [Member]
9/28/2011 2:09:47 AM EST
Could be Hungarian or Polish, as they both used "21" as a factory code. Hungarian headstamps will have the code and year both oriented the same direction but the Polish ones will look as if the year is upside-down when the factory code is upright at 12 o'clock. That being said, Hungarian is usually a light to meduim grey case finish and Polish tends to be more of an olive green color. In either case, it is military issue and corrosive primed.

Most likely you have Hungarian cases that were remanufactured by replacing the steel core ball projectile with a lead cored one. Lots of this ammo was around a few years ago...

DD
thomast77  [Member]
9/28/2011 5:05:03 PM EST
Thank You guys for the response. I forgot to mention this ammo was purchased in the mid 90's and the markings on the headstamp are oriented in the same direction. In other words looking at the headstamp it would look like:
21
79
So it must be Hungarian then.