Anyone tried Prvi Partizan ammo?


February 5, 2006, 01:22 PM
Picked up a K31 and Enfield No4 Mk1 at AIM as birthday presents for myself. Very happy with the rifles but am now faced with what to feed them with. I know the Swiss surplus has an excellent reputation but it is berdan primed. Surplus .303 that is currently available seems to be of dubious quality. has the Partizan for 8.95 a box in both calibers. Just wondering if anyone has used it and what their opinions are. I'm thinking about pulling my reloading equipment out of mothballs and using the fired brass to try my hand at rifle reloading (loaded .45acp and .357 magnum in the past). Any input would be appreciated.

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Ad Astra
February 5, 2006, 01:49 PM
Bought some from Graf's but haven't shot it yet. Not cheap, though. Need to get some of the Wolf Gold 7.5x55, it costs less and is also reloadable.

There's a lot of good 7.5x55 reloading info on the Swiss rifles site... going to try reloading it later this year.

Dave Markowitz
February 5, 2006, 02:26 PM
Prvi Partizan was imported during the 80s under the Hansen brand name. It was very good stuff. ASSuming their quality is the same I would not hesitate to buy and shoot a lot of it.

February 5, 2006, 05:24 PM
Privi has been great in every caliber I've tried.

February 5, 2006, 05:36 PM
All of the Prvi Partisan ammo that I've shot has been good stuff...

The currently produced FNM blue and white box ammo is made in parts of the old Yugoslavia, some probably by Prvi Partisan (but there are other producers of excellent ammo there too).

Cole Distributing has the 7.5x55mm 170gr FMJ for $9.99/box of 20, with discounts for larger amounts. They also have the 7.5x54mm MAS with a 139 gr FMJ mil spec bullet for $7.99/box of 20. All brass cased, non-corrosive and boxer primed...

It's good stuff.


February 5, 2006, 11:07 PM
I bought a box of it a few weeks ago. As it happens, I shot my K31 this morning. I was getting decent groups with GP11 (for me at least). I switched over and fired 4 rounds of that Privi stuff. The group was noticeably larger. I went back to GP11 and finished out with that.

I am not saying it is bad, just not as good as GP-11. I was pretty sure the larger group wasn't me, but I can never rule that out. :) If you are getting brass to reload, it won't matter after the first use anyhow I guess. I will say that GP11 is good stuff. I think I'll have to spring for a 500 rd case before too long.

Red Tornado
February 7, 2006, 04:18 PM
I've also been waiting for a report (my range is closed until Spring, so I haven't shot my K31 yet.)

I thought (read somewhere, probably here) that the Wolf Gold was made by Prvi Partizan, is that not the case? If so, I would expect them to shoot about the same. Anyone got current info on the Wolf Gold manufacture?

February 8, 2006, 01:31 AM
The Privi has been excellent in many different calibers for me.

Note: The new Wolf GOLD ammo is brass cased, boxer primed, reloadable... and made by Privi Partizan!

February 8, 2006, 07:22 PM
Seems to work ok for me the few times I used it. Didn't the original factory actually get bombed by NATO forces?

February 9, 2006, 04:09 AM
i have bought and shot some of their new mfgr stuff in several cals. Underwhelmed is the correct word im looking for.

February 9, 2006, 12:36 PM
i have bought and shot some of their new mfgr stuff in several cals. Underwhelmed is the correct word im looking for.

More info would be appreciated...



February 9, 2006, 02:08 PM
Wolf picked up the privi partisan line to import as wolf gold ammo.

February 9, 2006, 10:55 PM
in 6.5x55 (from CAI I think). The brass looks darn good. It's thick and the necks are really even in thickness.

November 27, 2006, 12:03 AM
I have shot alot of this ammo in 8mm and it shoots very good.

November 27, 2006, 12:43 AM
The Wolf sold in calibers like 6.5 Swedish, 6.5 Carcano, 7.5 Swiss is made for them by Privi as was stated above. I'd just buy whichever is cheaper. Privi also makes the brass for those calibers and others sold by Graf's.

January 1, 2008, 12:54 PM
I've shot both the 32ACP and 7.62x25 Tokarev Prvi Partizan and they both performed well - no FTF or other distractions. Wish I had bought more as it was far cheaper than other boxer primed cartridges.

January 1, 2008, 12:57 PM
Duplicate Post.

January 1, 2008, 02:09 PM
Wolf Gold IS Prvi Partizan just in a different colored box. You can usually find the Prvi stuff a little cheaper though. No middleman to pay as you do with the Wolf brand. I love the PP 174gr SP, shoots just as good as the GP11 for me and it's very easily reloadable brass. Try Aimsurplus for the PP brand. They have it in assorted calibers and it's cheaper than buying regular .308 or 30-06 at the local store.

January 1, 2008, 03:53 PM
I've shot quite a bit in .223 and some in .30-30.
Reliability 100%.
Accuracy adequate.

Seems to have somewhat tight primer pockets.

January 11, 2008, 12:36 AM
and it's always been non corrosive as advertised for you guys?

January 11, 2008, 01:03 AM

January 11, 2008, 01:16 AM
wolf is prvi, prvi is wolf, etc., however their'wolf gold' brass line is decent though...

January 11, 2008, 05:31 AM
Prvi Partisan is rebadged here in Australia and it's quite popular.

jack the toad
January 11, 2008, 07:56 AM
I've never benched it for accuracy but I've shot a few rounds off-hand of the PP in 7x57 and it seems ok.

January 11, 2008, 08:46 AM
A box of 7.62x54 goes for 14 bucks here in Northern VA. I'll shoot it this weekend in the MN. It looks great. I also picked up a wax-paper bundled 20 round Mil Surplus that waw 5 bucks. Problem with this bunch is the cases are steel. I guess this is OK.

January 11, 2008, 08:57 AM
Never heard of it.

January 11, 2008, 09:02 AM
I've had good experiences with Privi. They don't make steel case as far as I know. If it's steel and Wolf it's Russian as far as I know.


January 11, 2008, 09:36 AM
I picked up 200-rounds of 7.62x51 and was very impressed with the results. Clean, consistently loaded and accurate - something that I hope other former Eastern Bloc ammo manufacturers pick up on.

daniel (australia)
January 11, 2008, 09:46 AM
I've used a bit of it in 7x57R and .303. I think it is actually quite good stuff. The brass in particular seems good quality.

August 1, 2009, 01:29 PM
I just shot 200 rounds of Prvi in .38spl. Purchased from Grafs at a great price. Worked like a champ and didn't make my revolver dirtier than any other brands.

August 1, 2009, 02:47 PM
I have shot about 400 ronds in 5.56 a mix of m855 and 193.It's good stuff not the best the only problem i had was 1 round light primer strike.

August 1, 2009, 02:55 PM
I've shot up quite a few battle packs of their 62gr .223 (blue & white box) and it has been very good stuff. I'm very happy with that particular round.

I would buy Privi in any caliber if I needed ammo. Good stuff for the money and the only alternative for surplus in some of those odd Euro calibers.

August 1, 2009, 06:59 PM
i have bought and shot some of their new mfgr stuff in several cals. Underwhelmed is the correct word im looking for.

That's pretty much exactly my experience. Never had a malfunction, but not really accurate in anything I've tried. No consistent performance.

But, sometimes it's cheapest and these days we take what we can get.

August 1, 2009, 07:03 PM
I asked the guy at the gunshop if it was Communist ammo, he told me that I had it wrong and that it was for shooting Communists.

It shot alright out of my wife's SP101.

August 1, 2009, 07:37 PM
i've been VERY pleased with several thousand rounds of privi m193.
i've heard reports that their m855 sucks, so i haven't tried it much
their "match 308" ammo was reliable, but not even close to accurate for me. i sold it to someone else and it seemed to work fine for them, so who knows?

August 1, 2009, 08:03 PM
I bought ten boxes of Prvi 6.5x55 for my M96 and I was quite pleased...gave me some solid groups. Accuracy complaints posted here could hold some water, but I'm not a competitive shooter and have no aspirations of being one so it suits me fine. I'm not gonna pass on cheap ammo because I could have gotten an eighth of an inch smaller groups from the expensive stuff.

August 19, 2009, 08:32 AM
Used 50 rounds of the prvi .38 last night at the indoor range - it was the only label I could find in five weeks of searching Greater Boston and southern NH. No problems with accuracy, but it was exceptionally smoky and greasy.

Col. Plink
August 19, 2009, 11:42 AM
As far as I know Wolf is Russian, except the gold, but if Prvi Partizan proper is cheaper why pay more for the same stuff?

Also, I have shot it in .357, lots of .45, .223, 30'06, & 9mm and found it very good and not any dirtier than anything else (and NOT as dirty as Wolf, Independence, Remi UMC...).

August 19, 2009, 07:32 PM
Simply reload for your old milsurps, more conveniant and better accuracy. Don,t have to worry about the "search" for a good ammo deal, then just load some up when you feel like using the gun.

Redneck with a 40
August 19, 2009, 08:45 PM
I tried some of their 168 grain match ammo in my remington 700 sps .308, not impressed. The best 5 shot group I could achieve is 1.5". I've done .75" with my handload's. Plus, the velocity was weak, 2500 fps.

August 19, 2009, 10:01 PM
I have some Prvi Partizan ammo for 6.5x55 and 7.5x55. I have never had any functioning problems, and I think it is as accurate as I am from 100 yards with iron sights. The brass has lasted for 3 loads so far in the 7.5x55. I haven't shot it much yet though.

August 19, 2009, 10:04 PM
I bought 120 rounds of the 7.62x54 to shoot and reload in my M39,fired 40, was excellent and very accurate.

August 19, 2009, 10:16 PM
I've shot over 1000 rounds of their M193 without a single hiccup. As an added bonus, it makes great reloading brass.

August 19, 2009, 10:18 PM
I bought a box of 8 mm in SP from AImsurplus 6 yrs ago . I shot it in my K 98 Yugo and it grouped pretty good. The recoil is also stout.

TX Hog Hunter
August 19, 2009, 10:41 PM
Privi has been great in every caliber I've tried.
Ditton on this. Especially .308 and .30-06 165gr

September 16, 2009, 07:26 PM
i just spent a day out with their .308 match ammo and got a 1.2" group at 200 yards. thats just me, a 700 and a swivel bipod. i approve for half the price of the other match guys.

September 16, 2009, 08:13 PM
Prvi-Partizan is good reliable ammo and Wolf Gold is produced at the same facility. I have used Prvi in 6.5x55 and 7.62x54R.
Good brass for reloading.


September 16, 2009, 10:00 PM
Privi Partizan is a great value in ammo for the money and is solid, non-corrosive commercial ammo.

September 16, 2009, 10:09 PM
I have used Privi .303 Brit and 7.62x54 Russian. It shoots well and the cases are great for reloading.


September 16, 2009, 11:05 PM
I have used .222, .270 and .303. I buy it when I need brass. The brass works great for me and the ammo has shown some been very accurate for me. I wouldn't worry if it was all I had to hunt with. And I liked the .222 well enough I bought a bunch of the bullets.


September 16, 2009, 11:21 PM
I fired some 7X57 today, and was satisfied.

I'm glad they are making all the uncommon calibers affordable.

Plus, if your tank is running low:

September 17, 2009, 10:31 AM
Tried some in both 7.62x54 and .30-06.

Very good ammo at a reasonable price point.

Would buy the Prvi brand in any calibre I shoot if available.

September 17, 2009, 06:22 PM
I've tried in 303Br, the Highlander ammo that we get out here is loaded into PP cases if not loaded by PP. I liked it fine. If you like it, it may pay to stock up, it could be in short supply.

September 17, 2009, 09:02 PM
Šestoro ljudi poginulo je u četvrtak uveče u fabrici municije "Prvi partizan" u Užicu nakon četiri eksplozije koje su odjeknule oko 21:30, potvrdio je za RTS Predrag Marić, pomoćnik ministra unutrašnjih poslova za zaštitu i spasavanje. Detonacije su se dogodile u tunelima koji se protežu ispod brda na ulazu u grad. Marić je rekao da su vatrogasno spasilačke ekipe pronašle šest tela. On je dodao da je požar u fabrici lokalizovan i da nema opasnosti od novih eksplozija. U eksplozijama je lakše povređeno 13 radnika i oni su zbrinuti u bolnici u Užicu. Uzroci eksplozije se ispituju.

At 9:30 PM Europe time four large explosions rocked the factory in Uzicu.
Manufacturer of first partisan ( Prvi partizan) ammunition. Explosions occurred in the tunnels under the mountain at the city entrance. Rescue discover six bodies.
the fire is localized and is not a danger of more expositions. 13 workers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Damage from the Blast

June 14, 2010, 08:29 PM
Prvi seemed to be harder to extract out of my K31 than did the GP11 or Hornady loads I've fed it. Decent accuracy but not as good as GP11 or the 165 gr loads from Hornady! Hope this helps!

June 14, 2010, 08:53 PM
I bought about 100 rds in .380 when that was all I could find. I fired every round through the LCP I had at the time and it was great. Burned nice and clean, accurate, and no jams of any kind. I don't know if it's considered good quality or not but I certainly had no glitches with it.

Al Thompson
June 14, 2010, 09:38 PM


September 4, 2010, 03:33 PM
Hello everyone. Has anyone shot the Prvi Partizan PPU M855 62gr. on sale at Aimsurplus? And would it be safe to shoot in my DPMS with a 5.56 chamber and a 1/9 twist barrel? And last question, the description states "steel penetrator bullet". Does that mean it's armor piercing?

Thank you!

Miguel V.

Ignition Override
September 5, 2010, 12:06 AM
My .303 Prvi has been reloaded at least five times with everything looking normal on all of the brass. 37 grains of IMR 4064 might help it endure to seven reloads?

The only bullets for reloading are 150 grain.
Experienced reloaders claim that Prvi brass is thicker and more durable than Remington.

With Serbian brass reportedly better than all-American, maybe the brass made in Lonoke, AR should be thicker. The eastern Europeans seem to understand capitalism pretty well.

September 5, 2010, 05:09 AM
I just shot their 223 rem in 55 gr FMJ/BT (boat tail). It is about the only affordable BT bullet in 55 gr and it cut my groups back with 30% versus 55 gr FMJ Sellier and Bellot.
Very pleased:)

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