Turk 8mm ammo


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telewinz
December 25, 2002, 10:49 AM
Why shouldn't I shoot Turk 8mm ammo in my FN49. My understanding is that the ajustable gas regulator was designed to handle wide variaties in pressure from different ammo.

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TexasVet
December 25, 2002, 02:59 PM
You probably can with no safety problems if you set that gas reg for HOT ammo. That Turk stuff is awfully dirty too, and that is a consideration in a semi. Cleaning is imperative after using that stuff.
But, it is VERY cheap!

Wildalaska
December 25, 2002, 04:15 PM
Way too dirty to use in a semi auto....

JeFF D
December 25, 2002, 06:55 PM
I dont see why you couldnt use it as long as you adjust the gas regulator correctly but I cant imagine cleaning up after turk in a semi!
Extremely corrosive remember.

telewinz
December 25, 2002, 09:13 PM
Maybe I'm missing something but since I use Yugo 8mm and its corrosive and I have to clean the bore and gas cylinder anyway what would it matter? I just use Windex and a swab/mop and in less than 5 minutes I'm done and I have a cleaner/shinier bore than if I just used Hopps #9. I've read from several reliable web sites that the Turk 8mm is so much more powerful and with the lighter bullet it throws the "timing" off the rifle. If this were a valid warning and the Turk ammo was made BEFORE the FN49 was manufactured I can't understand why this caution hasn't appeared before the last couple of years? Seems to me the warning should be "Do not shoot 8mm Turk(or any other ammo) ammo in a semi-auto until after the gas regulator is properly ajusted". Sounds logical to me and I guess I 'll test it soon because I'm ordering 1500 rounds and will be shooting it in my minty FN49. Gas regulator will be opened most of the way out through. I'll let you know.:(

Wildalaska
December 25, 2002, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by telewinz
Maybe I'm missing something but since I use Yugo 8mm and its corrosive and I have to clean the bore and gas cylinder anyway what would it matter? (

I've been advised, as apparently have others, that Turk 8mm is possibly the most corrosive out there..

Has something to do with the amount of mercury used in the hot primers....

Your bore may be shiny...but what about the gas block, port, cylinder etc....

RON in PA
December 25, 2002, 10:08 PM
Mercury will kill the brass and make it unsuitable for reloading(assuming you wanted to reload berdan primed brass). The culprit in corrosive primers is the potassium chlorate salt that attracts water from the air and causes rusting.

Question: The Turk ammo is 154 grain and 2900 fps, the same as the German WW1 load. The later loading for 7.92 ammo is 196 grains at aprox 2400 fps. What is the Fn49 designed for? Maybe with the gas adjustment one can compensate. Don't know.

Wyobuckaroo
December 27, 2002, 12:22 AM
Howdy
Have seen a reinactor group use the Turk ammo in everything from K98, the semi-auto German WW2 rifles, (can't think of model)
and machine guns. Seems to run them all like a champ. Never heard them have any complaints about it. Was a pain in the neck to pull out of bandoleers and strippers to load into belts. I have shot a stack of it in an old 98 I have had since I was a teenager. Seemed OK. Just clean it up the same day and check it a day or 2 later. Berden primer is no problem. Scrap yellow brass sells for .35 - .40 cents a pound here. No brainer.
Wyo

thumbtack
December 27, 2002, 01:23 AM
I got a bunch of the Turk 8mm. After shooting about 70 round my eyes started burning real bad from the smoke. When we it is dirty it really is, so if you are going to shoot a lot of it at once carry some eye drops.

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