Surplus 7.62x54R origin question


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collateral
November 7, 2007, 11:16 PM
I bought about 50 rounds of light ball from a surplus store in my town today, they didnt know what country the ammo was from, its 149 grain I believe. Steel case with a copper wash, the headstamp has a star up top, 50 on the bottom, 3 on the left and 10 on the right and has red sealant around the primer. Do any of you know where its from?

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Hoppy590
November 8, 2007, 12:13 AM
bulgarian, only one i know that uses a star

i met a girl from bulgaria. shed look at me strange when i asked questions along these lines :p

grimjaw
November 8, 2007, 12:17 AM
"10" sounds like Bulgarians, but I think they used brass cases instead of steel with a wash.

http://www.7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinAmmo015.htm

Probably some other online references you can consult, too. Also try the ammo bunker forum on www.gunboards.com.

jm

SDC
November 8, 2007, 12:21 AM
Yep, Bulgarian Factory 10, loaded in 1950.

jpwilly
November 8, 2007, 01:14 AM
I have a bunch of the 1955 light ball...good stuff.

mp510
November 8, 2007, 12:46 PM
Bulgarian. My brass case light ball has the sam ehead stamp, except the date (52). The 10 and the star are both good indicators of Bulgarian produced ammo.

collateral
November 8, 2007, 02:35 PM
Thanks for your help everyone. These cases could be brass, but I really dont think so.

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