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Steel Core vs Case

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by =jesse=, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:06 AM
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    Can someone please shed some light on this for me?

    I bought a thousand rounds of 7.62x39 for my wasr10. I bought steel cased hollow points. When I went to my range, it stuck to the magnet and they wanted to break open a round to see if it was steel core. It ended up not being a problem because a manager came up and said the ammo was fine since it was hollow point. It worked out fine, but I got pretty nervous thinking I just bought a thousand rounds that I couldn't put down range.

    Does FMJ equate to Steel Case? Does Steel Case mean Steel Core?
     
  2. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:09 AM
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    ummm yeah
    i dont know but i shot some of these rounds through a old military spec gun with a bayonet on the end.....the gun was light as hell and was a wicked sumbish
     
  3. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:23 AM
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    I like it. It's got a pretty mean kick but its a good gun for the money. I know a lot of people on here are more for AR's, but it's more than I wanted to spend, it's durable, fun, and chances are I won't need to make long distance shots that my life depends on on a daily basis.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:33 AM
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    Steel case normally means the case is steel in stead of brass, not the bullet. What brand did you buy? And FMJ just means the core is encased in a "one piece" metal jacket. It has no designation for the metal material.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:39 AM
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    Good info, thanks. I bought some Russian Brown Bear. It was pretty cheap considering the quantity I got. I've gone through about 300-400 rounds so far and haven't had any jams or ftf's.
     
  6. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:41 AM
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    Ah, Russian ammo. Same as Wolf pretty much. It's the cases that are steel. It's why they're painted green. Do not reload the cases.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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    The steel case is/was cheaper than brass. Steel case ammo is not meant to be reloaded (hard on dies, harder to re-form and size, and often the primer is not replaceable). I've done it just out of curiosity, but it's not meant to be.
     
  8. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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    The case necks often split also. Usually after the first shot with new ammo.
     
  9. Jan 5, 2011 at 8:12 AM
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    I'm not worried about reloading the cases. The ammo is cheap enough to just buy more and I'm not proficient enough with ammunition to take that task on anyway.
     
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    ive seen where some ranges dont allow russian/steel case ammo. Dont know why though
     
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    I'm guessing because of reclaiming the brass. It would take a lot time to sort that stuff.
     
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    Steel core is armor piercing.

    Some ranges don't allow it for liability reasons.
     
  14. Jan 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    FMJ = full metal jacket. The bullet core (either lead or steel) is encased in a copper jacket to glide down the barrel easier.

    Some ranges don't allow steel core bullets because they are harder on the backstops.

    FMJ and hollowpoint (abbreviated JHP) are mutually exclusive. A hollowpoint bullet by definition cannot be steel core because there is no core.
     
  15. Jan 6, 2011 at 5:04 AM
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    Couldn't they just use a magnet to remove the steel cases?
     
  16. Jan 6, 2011 at 5:25 AM
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    Yes, but then they are left with a shit ton of steel to get rid of. Granted they could recycle it with the brass but it doesn't pay for the effort.
     
  17. Jan 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM
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    Most HP's have a core
     
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