Wood.....Bullets.....??? - Page 4




 
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January 24th, 2005  
EuroSpike
 
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Originally Posted by EOD
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Originally Posted by EuroSpike
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Sounds interesting. I guess you have a large collection of different cartridges?
Only about Soviet/Russian and related calibers as well as former Warsaw Pact and western copies of these cartridges (only ervice ammo).
I got various 7.62x39 cartridges from former eastern block countries, DDR and Germany. They are usually quite cheap stuff in finnish stores and fit eastern AKs with chromed barrel.

I have german made cartridges wich have markings 501 and 83 wich is propably manufacturing year. FMJ lead core bullets in olive green colored steel cases and detonators are colored dark green. I don't know their origin because ammo box doesn't tell anything else than "made in Germany" and 123gr FMJ Berdan-primed. Would you have some idea about those cartridges? I have found them to fit the best with eastern AKs barrel's tolerances.

DDR cartridges i have had or used have usually grey colored case, like Chzech made Sellier&Bellot rounds.
January 24th, 2005  
EOD
 
The "501" coded factory is actually a Chinese one, I wonder how these cartridges made it into German boxes (probably to sell them better). Even the described surface coating is typical Chinese.
Did you check if the projectiles have iron cores?
Is the dark green only the primer annulus or the whole primer?

The East Germans were using the codes "04" and "05" on SAA.

Czech military ones are coded "aym" or "bxn".
Civilian ones have the typical "S&B" headstamp.

Typical Russian military head stamps are "3", "17", "60", "270", "539" and "711" (on 7.62x39).
January 24th, 2005  
EuroSpike
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by EOD
The "501" coded factory is actually a Chinese one, I wonder how these cartridges made it into German boxes (probably to sell them better). Even the described surface coating is typical Chinese.
Did you check if the projectiles have iron cores?
Is the dark green only the primer annulus or the whole primer?

The East Germans were using the codes "04" and "05" on SAA.

Czech military ones are coded "aym" or "bxn".
Civilian ones have the typical "S&B" headstamp.

Typical Russian military head stamps are "3", "17", "60", "270", "539" and "711" (on 7.62x39).
Projectiles have iron cores, i have checked them with magnet and it attaches the bullet but the box says "lead core bullet".

All eastern rounds wich i have seen had iron core bullets. 501s look quite good like S&Bs compared to russian rounds wich use to have something red glue between bullet and russian green colored case. White ammo box tells nothing else about origin but "made in Germany". 501s just look too good and are too accurate to be chinese made.

I have wondered about the origin of 7.62x39 rounds sold here and if they were from former Warsaw pact countrie's storages. Masses of ex-DDR rounds have been imported here and sold in stores, that one wich looks the same as S&B with grey case.

Is there any differences between S&B and aym/bxn rounds? And do you have information about bullet's tolerances in different countries? I'm interested about tolerances because they are very important for accuracy.

VPT and Lapua/SAKO should be the same but VPT is sold only for military and Lapua or SAKO stamped rounds are used in service too. Fit bestly finnish RKs 62 and 95.

Where does KOPP stamped rounds come from? Box says they are chzech made but they look the same like russian Tula rounds and are nothing else than crap.
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January 25th, 2005  
EOD
 
501 is Chinese made, regardless how good they look. Know about 20-40 Chinese manufacturers and the cartridges have a proper finnish.
The projectile is magnetic because they use soft iron for the projectile jackets. You have to cut one to find out about the core.
Chinese do also some rounds with lead core projectiles for export to countries that do not allow cores at all - so there is a fair chance that exactly your cartridges are some of them.

As you know yourself Finland is using lead in standard FMJ as well as Yugoslavia and I think South Africa and the USA (clandestine without head stamp during Vietnam and later for Central America by Lake City and Brass Extrusion Laboratories, LC made also some with head stamp). Finland is one of very few (or the only?) to use tombak for projectile jackets. As you know as well the Finnish 7.62x39 is much different from the Russian or that what is out there in the world.

S&B rounds should have lead cores I think, I never cut one because I do not deal with civilian stuff. The aym and bxn have steel cores (as usual for military).

Projectile diameter should be standardized in all countries (Finnish army is different) but it depends much how precise their diamerter was made and how "round" they are as well as the weight difference from projectile to projectile. Beside this it depends also on the chemical composition (burning characteristics) of the propellant and it's weight difference from ctg. to ctg. Further the projectile crimp and seating matter.

The 9x19 Para "KOPP" sold by the Czechs are made by Russia for them (Tula I think) and they were so lowsy that the Czechs stopped that and use (export) their own instead.
January 25th, 2005  
EuroSpike
 
"As you know yourself Finland is using lead in standard FMJ as well as Yugoslavia and I think South Africa and the USA (clandestine without head stamp during Vietnam and later for Central America by Lake City and Brass Extrusion Laboratories, LC made also some with head stamp). Finland is one of very few (or the only?) to use tombak for projectile jackets. As you know as well the Finnish 7.62x39 is much different from the Russian or that what is out there in the world."

Yes, tombak jacket is used in finnish bullets. RK62 and 95 don't have chromed barrels like eastern weapons and tombak jacket fits barrel's surface.


"S&B rounds should have lead cores I think, I never cut one because I do not deal with civilian stuff. The aym and bxn have steel cores (as usual for military)."

S&B rounds i have, got iron core and takes on magnet. Are they same with aym/bxn rounds? What are S&B rounds with bright non-iron case?

"Projectile diameter should be standardized in all countries (Finnish army is different) but it depends much how precise their diamerter was made and how "round" they are as well as the weight difference from projectile to projectile. Beside this it depends also on the chemical composition (burning characteristics) of the propellant and it's weight difference from ctg. to ctg. Further the projectile crimp and seating matter."

Would you have some information about used diameters? Do chinese and former Warsaw pact countries use same diameters and standards? And if you have finnish diameters too, i would be thankful for them.
January 25th, 2005  
EOD
 
The projectile diamerter on 7.62x39 is everywhere the same except for the Finnish military rounds.
I would like to tell you the measurements but I'm about 3000 km away from home right now and can't get my hands on the stuff to measure (for a few weeks).
I will try to ask my friend in Finland unless you take a micrometer and measure the projectile of a Russian and a Finnish cartridge yourself.
The different diameters are the reason why finnish service guns do not fire an other cartridge from Russia, China etc..

About the core in S&B rounds you must check what is inside since the jacket is magnetic anyway.
Other cases than steel or brass on S&B civilian cartridges?
I know they made experiments with aluminum cases in the 1960s but none with S&B head stamp.
Can you post an image of the case in question?
January 25th, 2005  
EuroSpike
 
"The projectile diamerter on 7.62x39 is everywhere the same except for the Finnish military rounds.
I would like to tell you the measurements but I'm about 3000 km away from home right now and can't get my hands on the stuff to measure (for a few weeks).
I will try to ask my friend in Finland unless you take a micrometer and measure the projectile of a Russian and a Finnish cartridge yourself.
The different diameters are the reason why finnish service guns do not fire an other cartridge from Russia, China etc.."

I don't have micrometer right now immediately available but i guess official diameter tables would give more reliable information than my own adjustments with micrometer. The official reason why not to use russian or any iron ammunition in finnish service weapons is lack of chromed barrel isn't it. Russian cartridges work on finnish rifles as well but life of the barrel will be shorter.

"About the core in S&B rounds you must check what is inside since the jacket is magnetic anyway.
Other cases than steel or brass on S&B civilian cartridges?
I know they made experiments with aluminum cases in the 1960s but none with S&B head stamp.
Can you post an image of the case in question?"

Yes, i guess i can.

I have some russian cartridges wich are Tula made. They have headstamp "wolf".
January 25th, 2005  
battery
 
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Originally Posted by egoz
They use those wooden riot control bullets. But they are fired from a 40mm grenade launcher and meant to be bounced off the ground.

Yup, well put, I'll provde more information on it.


It's meant to be a "less lethal" crowd control device, just like rubber bullets. Some are just meant to be discharged from a magazine fired rifle, some are meant to be put on a grende launcher and bounce of the ground into a growd.

http://athens.indymedia.org/local/we...and_docks2.jpg


Not quite sure what went on in this topic beyond Egoz last post, but forgive me if I duplicated what anyone wrote.
January 25th, 2005  
EOD
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by EuroSpike
"The projectile diamerter on 7.62x39 is everywhere the same except for the Finnish military rounds.
I would like to tell you the measurements but I'm about 3000 km away from home right now and can't get my hands on the stuff to measure (for a few weeks).
I will try to ask my friend in Finland unless you take a micrometer and measure the projectile of a Russian and a Finnish cartridge yourself.
The different diameters are the reason why finnish service guns do not fire an other cartridge from Russia, China etc.."

I don't have micrometer right now immediately available but i guess official diameter tables would give more reliable information than my own adjustments with micrometer. The official reason why not to use russian or any iron ammunition in finnish service weapons is lack of chromed barrel isn't it. Russian cartridges work on finnish rifles as well but life of the barrel will be shorter.

"About the core in S&B rounds you must check what is inside since the jacket is magnetic anyway.
Other cases than steel or brass on S&B civilian cartridges?
I know they made experiments with aluminum cases in the 1960s but none with S&B head stamp.
Can you post an image of the case in question?"

Yes, i guess i can.

I have some russian cartridges wich are Tula made. They have headstamp "wolf".

The Russian (and all others) have actually a larger diameter than the Finnish ones. I will get info from Finland in a few days.

The "Wolf" headstamped ones are Russian and should have lead cores.

Finally I found a way to upload images elsewhere. Here is the Finnish short range training cartridge with wood core:
http://img138.exs.cx/img138/3512/m43finland5kt.jpg
January 25th, 2005  
Redleg
 
 
Going a bit on and off-topic here now..

Please start a new thread about non-wooden bullet topics, it makes it a bit easier to follow the discussion(s)..

Thanks