steel jacketed bullets


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TheStupid
December 29, 2007, 12:59 AM
i got some bullets that appear to be steel jacketed with copper coating.

is it safe to shoot through my gun? would it cause excessive wear?

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Cowboy2
December 29, 2007, 11:21 AM
What caliber are they? The US often made .30 caliber bullets with washed steel jackets when the price of copper was too high. These steel jacketed bullets look like regular FMJ's, but would attract a magnet. Most of what you would get from the CMP back when they were selling LC ammo was steel jacketed. I wouldn't be suprised if some .45 bullets weren't made the same way.

These washed steel jacketed bullets are perfectly fine for your rifle, and won't cause any more wear than regular copper jacketed bullets. Steel can be made hard or soft. In this case, the steel jacket was made to have a hardness consistant with copper.

ReloaderFred
December 29, 2007, 11:47 AM
+1 to what Cowboy2 said. Almost all the bullets from WW I and WW II were copper washed steel jackets, and we think nothing of shooting 1903's, 1903A3's and M1 Garands that shot them almost exclusively. A large percentage of foreign military ammunition is also copper washed steel jacketed.

Hope this helps.

Fred

TheStupid
December 29, 2007, 12:36 PM
30 caliber for 308. i plan to shoot them through my M1A and FAL

Cowboy2
December 29, 2007, 12:57 PM
Yep, those are the ones. Don't worry about them, it won't mess up your rifle.

bobotech
December 29, 2007, 01:35 PM
Its a very thin mild steel. Almost all AK ammo is like that. No problem shooting it.

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