Should I keep 7.62x54R Hollowcore


El Barto
May 11, 2006, 11:44 AM
I have a bit of a dilemma. I have 3 Mosin's and the local range forbids ammo with magnetic bullets; that is when they hold a magnet against the bullet and it sticks, you are kicked off the range. I called Century and asked for non-magnetic ammo. They sold me their Czech 7.62x54R hollow core, training ammo. Afterwards, I checked the characteristics on and it says that this ammo is magnetic. I cancelled the order with Century, but they shipped it anyways.

I would like to hear from those that actually have used this ammo if it is indeed magnetic. For me to check I would have to open the boxes but then I can't return.

If it is magnetic, should I keep it anyways and why? I have plenty of other 7.62x54R ammo so I don't need to build stock.

Btw, I have 1152 rounds of it.

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May 11, 2006, 12:15 PM
Not sure about your other questions but perhaps you should find another range?

Red Tornado
May 11, 2006, 12:23 PM
It's not actually magnetic ammo, but steel cored ammo. Ranges outlaw it because it goes through about anything and will damage the range. Apparently it can also produce sparks, which is ungood.

I've not used the hollow core ammo, but test it with magnet to be sure. It's usually very light training ammo that shoots okay at short distances, but doesn't have the ballistics for much over 100 yards. If it's truly hollow, I don't see how it's going to have steel in it.

Someone with more direct experience will probably be along shortly.

May 11, 2006, 01:28 PM
I suspect this is the ammo you're talking about. it has a very light tip which is purportedly hollow . It has a muzzle velocity of aout 3200 fps but a mass of only 50 gr. or so. It is not useful beyond a hundred yards, IIRC. It shoots fairly accurately to that distance but is for practice only. It also has a very corrosive primer.

I held a magnet to the tip (top arrow) and it did not attract. It did attract the magnet at the two other points shown (bullet base and shell case).



May 11, 2006, 01:32 PM
The 46 gr hollow core is a jacket with a plastic filler. I have a few rounds of the white tip Czech training ammo from a years or so ago, and it DID pull a magnet. Headstamp is bxn. All I could find is it's short range plastic core, so I have to assume there is a steel core sliver for stabilty, or a steel jacket, no other info.

May 11, 2006, 01:43 PM
I don't know how much you paid for it, or how important that money is to you, but I'd say hang on to it. If you find a range to shoot it at, it's nice to have when your shoulder gets a little sore from the heavy stuff. Also, it's good if you might want to let someone a little more recoil shy might want to shoot it.


May 11, 2006, 01:46 PM
Another 1k rounds ain't gonna kill you. Keep it...
May 11, 2006, 04:08 PM
Hungarian (yellow tip) is not magnetic and costs under $3.00/20rds around here. Czech (silver tip) is accurate and not magnetic it too is way cheap. Even Wolf ammo costs less than $5.00/20 and it's non magnetic. Tons of options for cheap practice ammo.

Carl N. Brown
May 11, 2006, 04:31 PM

El Barto
May 11, 2006, 06:17 PM
I want to thank everyone for the advice. For me to use this ammo, I either need to go to a BLM area or find a range that accepts it. I called every range within 50 miles of me and they do not accept any steel jacketed bullets because of the fire hazard when the rounds bounce off of rocks (that's what they tell me). Of course some ranges are willing to sell me ammo once I get there.

I would like to keep some of this, but not 1152 rounds of it. How easy is this stuff to find?

english kanigit
May 11, 2006, 07:46 PM
El Barto, if you would like to part with some of it I may be willing to help. :cool:

May 12, 2006, 06:33 PM
You may decide to move to a different area with more options, later in your life. That stuff won't degrade inside your lifetime if stored properly.
Also, I have not seen it at my primary suppliers for a while, so I consider it uncommon in quantity. That's not to say it's valuable, just that you may not be able to find it later.

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