Need some quick help with 7.62 NATO headstamp


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jagdpanzer347
November 6, 2006, 03:24 PM
Just bought a battle pack of ammo and need to know what it is. It is a dark green 200 pack. The sticker on the side has HP in a circle. 200 cartuchos, 7,61mm ^ 51 "NATO". The headstamp is 7.61x51 with a small hp. It is not NATO marked, 1978 production. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-jagd

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glockenstein
November 6, 2006, 04:17 PM
I believe HP is the headstamp code for Hirtenberger. Hirtenberger is generally considered to be good stuff. Is any more available?

Here is a list of some headstamps:

http://m-14forum.com/upload/showthread.php?t=23464

jagdpanzer347
November 6, 2006, 06:04 PM
Glockenstein, thanks for the link. After I posted here I found a couple references via Google. There is a really good link to a Spanish web page over on riflecountry.com. It is Hirtenberger. Perhaps a contract run for a Spanish speaking country due to it's label.

I found it at a local shop. Went back and bought the last three packs. Pretty good deal at 34.00 each.

-jagd

yodar
November 6, 2006, 06:09 PM
Quite common out there (with green primer annuli) and in nice little 15 round boxes, is Ecuadorian, that my bud with his M-1A sniper gets quarter-sized groups with

Yodar

db_tanker
November 6, 2006, 07:28 PM
JPZ,

You need to be arrested, my friend...that was a steal for some of the best surplus out there...

Hirtenberger Patronen is what the HP stands for...and it is boxer primed...there was talk of some out there that was berdan, but without seeing it first-hand, I think that was all it is...talk.

I have two battle packs left on a case I got about 3 years ago. and another 700 or so pcs of brass...is good stuff. :)

A suggestion...save it and mebbe look for somthing else to shoot...or you could sell it to me. :D

D

glockenstein
November 6, 2006, 07:32 PM
Yes- I would consider buying a lottery ticket if I were you. You are very lucky finding Hirt (especially for that price)!:what:

jagdpanzer347
November 6, 2006, 07:33 PM
Thanks DB. The Hirt will be going deep in the stash along with the Port I was able to find. I will shoot up some SA until I start reloading 7.62. What sort of labeling does your Hirt have on the packs and boxes?

-jagd

db_tanker
November 7, 2006, 07:48 AM
can't recall what was on the individual boxes...been a long time since I actually looked at one. :)

I will have to get to the house to see what the headstamps are. I do know for a fact that all my brass was stamped 79 and 80 respectively along with 7.62x51. And of course that VERY NICE single hole in the primer pocket. :D


D

db_tanker
November 7, 2006, 08:03 PM
looking at it right now...


Call the date stamp 12 o'clock....

At about 4 o'clock there is a six point star (asterisk...whatever...)

At about 8 there is a 5 point star.

between the two is 7.62x51

hope this helps!

D

yodar
November 7, 2006, 08:12 PM
It is ecuadoran if the primer annulus is green

yodar

jagdpanzer347
November 7, 2006, 08:53 PM
Thanks for the reply DB. I think the particular lot I have must have been manufactured for a Spanish-speaking country due to it's packaging and lack of a NATO stamp.

Yodar, this ammo has black primer sealant and is packed in twenty round boxes. I think cartuchos is Spanish for cartridges. My Guat 5.56 has this wording on it's packaging as well.

-jagd

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