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Posted: 1/15/2006 2:58:55 PM EDT
I got some FMJ 7.62x39mm ammo at the gun show. It has a green laquer case, with no bullet sealant, and blueish-purple or no primer sealant. There are two types:

-6 oclock stamp is "05", 12 oclock stamp is "65" or "66".

-6 oclock stamp is "04", 12 oclock stamp is "64". The font is smaller and less deep on this headstamp.

What country made this? Is it steel core? Thanks in advance,
Q-gunner2
Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:06:43 PM EDT

Saw you were from VA...Did you buy this stuff at the showplace in Richmond this weekend? In the 15 round boxes for like $4 a box? If so the guy selling it told me it was Bosnian Surplus.


Originally Posted By Q-gunner2:
I got some FMJ 7.62x39mm ammo at the gun show. It has a green laquer case, with no bullet sealant, and blueish-purple or no primer sealant. There are two types:

-6 oclock stamp is "05", 12 oclock stamp is "65" or "66".

-6 oclock stamp is "04", 12 oclock stamp is "64". The font is smaller and less deep on this headstamp.

What country made this? Is it steel core? Thanks in advance,
Q-gunner2

Link Posted: 1/15/2006 9:49:44 PM EDT
No, some guy had ziplock bags full of ammo, I bought one from him. Didnt see the Bosnian stuff, wish I did! But yes, I was at the Showplace.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 10:27:30 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 4:03:00 PM EDT
Im jealous as hell, I looked for hours(9:30-12:30) at the showplace show and could only find the bosnian stuff and tracers from ammunitionstore.com
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 7:43:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/16/2006 7:46:07 PM EDT by Q-gunner2]
Just got the common sense to check the Cartridge Collector's page, it shows "05" as an E. German factory. But no listing for "04"...

Is the E. German steel core?

PS- anr6t, I remember the booth that had it, if he has some next show I will grab it and save some for you.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 9:16:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 4:52:07 AM EDT
This is definitely East German ammo, probably steel core if in original packs. Hope this helps...Tommy.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 12:18:44 PM EDT
I know that its corrosive... just hoping its steel core. How does it compare with Norinco steel core?
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 11:05:41 PM EDT
Click the link for the "AK rifle ammo id" page of my web pages for info on this ammo. Scroll down to the East German ammo section.
mywebpages.comcast.net/jfreeman246/index.htm
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 3:42:42 PM EDT
Is there any way to tell if my ammo has lead core or steel core without pulling a bullet?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 3:53:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Q-gunner2:
Is there any way to tell if my ammo has lead core or steel core without pulling a bullet?

04 loose packed is steel core
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 12:20:22 AM EDT
No you will have to pull a bullet as the only way to tell if it is lead core is by the box.

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 10:38:54 AM EDT
OK... there might be a difference.

Anyone who has lead core and steel core German ammo, look at the bullet tip. My ammunition kinda has a nipple tip, it isn't standard FMJ style.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 4:44:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Q-gunner2:
Is there any way to tell if my ammo has lead core or steel core without pulling a bullet?



Why not sacrafice one lousy round? Use a magnet to test the bullet.
Link Posted: 1/27/2006 12:13:48 PM EDT
Magnets do not work, steel jacket does not mean steel core.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 12:03:33 AM EDT
That's true, but if you pull a slug and cut it in half, all the shavings will go to the magnet whereas the lead shavings will just sit there and mock you.

Link Posted: 1/30/2006 12:13:19 AM EDT
All 7.62x39mm ammo produced in East Germany/Germany has a copper plated steel bullet jacket. So a magnet will be attracted the the steel jacket not the steel core.
Once a bullet is pulled it is real easy to tell if it is a lead or steel core bullet. Notice how the lead core bullet on the left is shorter than the steel core bullet on the right. Also the steel core bullet has a boat tail and the lead core has a flat base.



Link Posted: 1/30/2006 5:53:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 8:11:50 AM EDT
Dang it...

Yeah I know, stupid guy who will bug everyone to death before sacraficing a bullet. Really, I have only 90 rounds and this stuff is hard to find, so it would suck to waste a good round. What is the gr. weight of the Steel Core bullets? 123 like the lead core or is it heavier or lighter?
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