Yellow Bullet Tips?


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bonza
November 6, 2008, 01:07 PM
I have come into some salvaged (ie. pulled) mil-surp projectiles. They are .311" diameter, weigh 174gns, FMJ boat-tail with exposed lead on base, there is a crimping groove & the tips are painted yellow. I'm pretty sure they're from .303 British, what does the yellow tip signify?

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NeoSpud
November 6, 2008, 01:23 PM
FWIW, those bullets might've been pulled from 7.62x54r, heavy ball. I have a bunch of Hungarian milsurp with that yellow tip, with the same projectile characteristics (shape, weight).

highorder
November 6, 2008, 01:54 PM
FWIW, those bullets might've been pulled from 7.62x54r, heavy ball. I have a bunch of Hungarian milsurp with that yellow tip, with the same projectile characteristics (shape, weight).


+1 Those are the only yellow tipped bullets I have ever seen.

rondog
November 6, 2008, 02:10 PM
That's what I'd say, 7.62x54R Bulgarian heavy ball. I've got several hundred rounds of it from AIM surplus. Don't know what the yellow tip signifies though. Good bullets, don't toss 'em. Wanna sell 'em? The surplus ammo can't be reloaded, but I came across some commercial 7.62x54R cases. Can't use regular .30 cal. bullets, the diameters are different.

bonza
November 6, 2008, 02:29 PM
Rondog asked: Wanna sell 'em? No, I just bought them off GunBroker for use in my .303 British. Just wasn't sure what the yellow tip meant. I got 860 of them for $44.25 including s&h, so just over $5/100.

KINGMAX
November 6, 2008, 02:34 PM
If it is 7.62X54R at that price I'll take take $44.25 worth of them, send them on ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

NeoSpud
November 6, 2008, 03:11 PM
IIRC, the yellow tip was to help differentiate the heavy ball (~174 grain) from the light ball (147 grain) which had no paint. I'm not totally sure, but it shouldn't denote more than that. Since I've seen both light and heavy ball have a steel core, I don't think that it has anything to do with that. I could be wrong, though. I have been once or twice before ;)

Nugilum
November 7, 2008, 01:05 AM
NeoSpud, you are correct sir!

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