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Bulgarian 7.62x25mm ammo good or bad

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Fonz, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Fonz

    Fonz New Member

    I have read numerous reports about Bulgarian 7.62x25mm ammunition being too hot and even read about CZ-52 blowing up from this ammo but unfotunately the link to see the pictues of what it exactly looked like were broken. I have read that the best surplus ammunition is the Romanian stuff but I am not sure and I am afraid to buy and use the Bulgarian stuff. I was wondering if the Bulgarian stuff being too hot was true or is just a bunch of bologna and I have read that the primers on the Romanian ammunition is too hard and I am not sure about that either. :confused:
  2. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    All those reports stem from one guys crusade.

    I have looked around and have found nobody to have reported any problems except that guy.

    I have purchased several cases of it from Century and not had one single problem.
  3. Steven_m64

    Steven_m64 New Member

    i have ghosted THR off and on for a while now and when i saw this thread i just had to register and post my 2 bits.

    Without a doubt some of the Bulgarian ammo out there is Bad it may or may not be for the Badly overpressure warning that was posted on those geocitys sites that have disappeared.

    i received a small crate of the stuff from century and after i noticed that almost half of the cases my CZ52 were spitting out of the stuff had moderate to severe case splits.
    since i have never had a problem with any military surplus ammo before (not even click-bang's) i found it rather odd and started looking at the rest of the ammo closely.

    atleast 25% or more of the rounds i ordered had minor to severe Case cracks out of the the box a rare few of the cases were cracked straight from the case mouth to almost half way down the case.
    (most were cracked at the stab crimps, a good number from the case mouth)

    the 7.62x25 round being a pretty stout round mixed with such brittle old brass and bad things can happen, even the pretty strong action of the CZ52 cant hold up to such extreme use for a long period.

    its best to examine each and every case before firing under some good light to filter out the bad ones you can see a image of rounds that i found to be bad and unsafe to fire after a short while of sorting:

    never had any problems with "good" ones after that but some still split slightly at the stab crimps.

    you get what you pay for sometimes with surplus ammo it seems just be careful, that ammo is still a good buy for the price.


    Finally found the example image of some of the bad rounds found:
    (Click Thumbnail to view larger image)
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
  4. Hollowdweller

    Hollowdweller Well-Known Member

    I've shot a few boxes of the Bulgarian, not this recent batch that was around but it was ok.

    The best X 25 surplus I have shot was the Polish that Sportsmans Guide had a while back. I loved that stuff. In 2 cases only a few misfires and pretty accurate too.

    The Romanian I have shot on a LOT I had to manually push the slide closed.

    The worst X 25 I shot was the supposedly Yugo that Sportsmans guide also sold. It was super hot and the sides of the cases would have big cracks in them. Also very inaccurate and some required 2 trigger pulls to get to go off.

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