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Monarch ammo Made in Serbia?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Lonestar.45, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. Lonestar.45

    Lonestar.45 Well-Known Member

    At the Academy Sports here in Texas, I have recently been seeing rifle ammo called "Monarch". It's priced really cheap, and I'm wondering if anyone has tried it? It says "made in Serbia" on the back.

    I'm not talking about the 7.62x39 stuff in the blue box (that's made by Barnaul, I know). I'm talking about .270 Win, 30-06, 7mm rem mag, .223, and 30-30 stuff in brownish boxes, softpoints, going from about $6 a box for 30-30 to $11 a box for 7mm rem mag. It's cheaper than any Winchester or Remington stuff out there for sure. It's all brass cased.

    Does anyone have a clue about this stuff?
  2. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I saw this ammo....

    in the Academy near me. I only noticed the 7.62x39 fmj, box said hunting ammo, for 2.99. I should have picked up a few boxes but I was after 22 ammo they had on sale for 6.80 a brick.....chris3
  3. Lonestar.45

    Lonestar.45 Well-Known Member

    The 7.62x39 is good stuff, I've put a lot of it through my SKS and AK and it works great. Steel cased FMJ.
    I'm really wondering about these .270 and 7mm rem mag loads though.
  4. asknight

    asknight Well-Known Member

    As you said, the blue box is Barnaul. The Serbian is brass cased, made by Hotshot I think.
  5. longhorngunman

    longhorngunman Well-Known Member

    If it's brass cased it's made in Serbia by Prvi Partizan. They market their ammo under the Century "Hotshot" name and also make Wolf Gold. Really wish Graf would get in some of their 7.5*55 brass. Privi is the only maker besides the outrageously expensive Norma brand. LoneStar, hopefully their will be some good deals on Wolf at the Austin Funshow this weekend, I know I need to stock up on .308 for my new FAL and Ptr 91 that are coming in!
  6. Lonestar.45

    Lonestar.45 Well-Known Member

    I'm hitting the Austin show this weekend too in search of Wolf. Last month there wasn't much to be had.

    I may try some of that Monach stuff from Academy in my .270 and 7mm Rem mag to see how it does. It's brass cased and looks good, can't beat $11 a box 7mm rem mag!
  7. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    yeah, i live here in housotn as well. monarch is pretty much trying to take over the most popular cals in bullets. i have used the 308, 762.39 and the 223. ive had no squibs, misfires, and have gotten good groups with all of it thus far, but i do have very accurate guns, also.
  8. Malone LaVeigh

    Malone LaVeigh Well-Known Member

    Results on 7.62 X 39 seem positive, but I had real bad results from the .308 and .223. The .308 was all over the place from a G-3 and a Garand.

    I had a massive amount of failures to fire from an AR yesterday. In the first box, two out of 20. In the second, more like 15/20 were duds. The primers are visibly recessed and most had some firing pin marks, some pretty deep. We also shot several mags of commercial and Guatemalan surplus, with only one failure. That one also showed a slight indent in the primer, so there might be a firing pin problem with that rifle, but there is a clear difference with the Monarch. The unfired surplus round fired the second time it was fed.
  9. Henry455

    Henry455 Well-Known Member

    I tried a box of the Academy Monarch .223 55 gr. FMJ brass cased ammo today in my RRA Varmit upper and had a few surprises. The bad news is that I had 2 shots that short stroked ( next cartridge chambered but hammer did not cock), the good news is the first 10 shot group measured 1.4" (100 yds.) and the second measured 1.25", better than Q3131, Federal AE and WWB.
  10. esldude

    esldude Well-Known Member

    Well only tried the .223 so far. Got pretty mediocre groups with them. No problems firing. But sub-standard accuracy in a Mini14 , Ruger #1, and Savage 10FP when group shooting from the bench. Especially poor results in the 10 FP. Nothing under 2 inches in what is a sub-moa rifle using Winchester white box ammo.
  11. just yesterday i was told that i should try these monarchs in 30-30 for my marlin. theses are supposed to be good plinking ammoi havent tried them yet
  12. onebigelf

    onebigelf Well-Known Member

    Monarch Green box $3.86

    I haven't tried firing it yet, but it looks ok visually. Brass case w/annealed casemouth. I picked up a few boxes to do a barrel break-in for which I'm not concerned about accuracy, just that the ammo is copper jacketed. If it shoot acceptably, that's 193 /1000 for brass cased reloadable which ain't awful.

  13. SWC Bonfire

    SWC Bonfire Well-Known Member

    RE: 30-30

    I have tried the monarch 30-30 ammo and like it a lot. It is accurate and must be a bit shorter than winchester or remington ammo, because 7 rounds will fit into the magazine of my M94 instead of six. That may also be because of the shape of the bullet (it is more of a truncated cone) fits further up into the follower. I'm too chicken to leave seven in there for long, it's bound to be putting more pressure on the primers than they were designed for. Don't know how well this bullet performs from an expansion standpoint.

    I cleaned my rifle after shooting thinking that it might be dirty, but it wasn't dirty at all. I need to go get a bunch more for sighting in my new scope before I let it eat some (expensive) leverevolution ammo.

    Overall I was impressed, and it was like $6.87 a box of 20.
  14. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Monarch would make Marlin seize up, and I'd have to operate the lever wish a bit more force to eject it. Other than that, it was fine. This only occured with my Marlin maybe once every 30-40 shots.

    However, I dissasembled and cleaned my future brother-in-law's 336 Marlin the other day, and I noticed a little bit of rust on the bolt. I cleaned the gun nicely, showed him how to take it appart and put it back together, and sold him a box of my Monarch I had stocked away (I made 5 bucks :neener: ).

    When we go to shoot it, it would take a lot of force to open the action again. This happened on every single round. The only exception was the last 2. He then informed me that the gun had probably never been shot in 20 years.
  15. _N4Z_

    _N4Z_ Well-Known Member

    i'll second that stickyness

    Monarch makes my Marlin336 jam also. There is no rust on my rifle.

    Seems good to do it about 2 rounds per box of 20. Really gotta crank on it to get it back open. I'll be loading out with the Federal PowerShoks for plinkin' fun from now on. They are only about a dollar more than the Serb stuff.
  16. Don357

    Don357 Well-Known Member

    Hey, I've shot lots of the 9mm para and .40cal Monarch, both Serbian and Russian and so far so good. No problems to speak of. I've got some of the
    .308, but haven't tried it yet. As soon as I get to the range I'll see what my Cetme thinks of it and let you know.
  17. MMcfpd

    MMcfpd Well-Known Member

    Monarch Green Box $3.86? I've got one of those - I'm thinking about framing it.
  18. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    I shot a box of Privi Partizan .44 mag /300 through my Marlin 1894 with no hiccups, misfires or signs of overpressure.

    My understanding is "Monarch" is made for Academy like "Hot Shot" is made for Century.
  19. Don357

    Don357 Well-Known Member

    Monarch ammo

    I finally shot some of the .308 in my CIA CETME, only tried 5 rds of the 150 gn sft pt, but the old girl handled it quite well. No hang-ups or fail-to-ejects. I believe I'll try some more.
  20. JasonblkZ06

    JasonblkZ06 Active Member

    So is this stuff reloadable?

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