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Shooting steel with 7.62x54r?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by levsmith, May 15, 2012.

  1. levsmith

    levsmith Well-Known Member

    I just bought a mosin nagant today and I am looking to buy some ammo for it. I've found Russian and Bulgarian silver tip for a decent price but I am a little confused. The Russian one says "light ball steel core ammo" but the other one that is just marked "Com-Bloc Russian or Bulgarian" says nothing at all about steel core. I shoot at steel targets so I dont think I want steel core ammo. Can someone enlighten me?
  2. lonniemike

    lonniemike Well-Known Member

    Are you now shooting the steel targets with some other high power rifle with copper/lead ammo without any problem?
  3. DANO 308

    DANO 308 New Member

    Pretty much all of that ammo is steel core. Especially the 147gn Com Bloc stuff that comes in the 440 rd tins. I've shot hundreds of rounds at a steel dong and the sparks are pretty impressive. I never shoot steel at less than 300 yards and never have a problem.
  4. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    I am not a physics major so take this for what you paid for it. I have heard the real killer of steel is velocity, and the mild steel core should not make a whole lot of difference.
  5. levsmith

    levsmith Well-Known Member

    Ok thanks for the replies so far. I have shot both tula 223 and wolf 7.62x39 at it so far without any problems. But as far as I know, neither of those are steel core.
  6. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    Depends on what type of x39 or 5.56, some to lots is steel core
    now that said, *some* types of steel would hold up better than others
    lead is soft, even 'mild' steel is many orders harder than lead.
    and it will wear the plates faster
    I have seen a LEAD projectile go through worn 1" plate, mind you it was a Barret 82...
  7. savage1r

    savage1r Well-Known Member

    Take this very seriously: Do not shoot steel on hot dry days. Made that mistake ONCE. Actually, not me, but a guy who wanted to shoot my mosin (no harm, no foul), shot a steel post and the sparks started a fire. I, being a genius, wore flip flops to the DNR shooting range and my feet got VERY hot and I lost a lot of leg hair trying to stamp out the fire for the next 30 minutes. Every time we got it put out, another smouldering area would burst into flames again. Also a good idea to bring extra water to the range....
  8. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    I've shot steel with my Mosin, keep the plate far away when you shoot it. One round bounced back and up, whizzed about 5 feet over my head from 100yds. I could hear it going by.
  9. 45_auto

    45_auto Well-Known Member

    Had a kid with a Moisin shooting at some 1/2" AR500 steel armor plate targets at 100 yards last week end. The 7.62 x 54R steel core stuff didn't even scratch them.

    I was shooting at some pitted up mild steel plates at 100 yards with some black-tip AP 30-06 in my Garand about 15 years ago and one of the steel cores came back, went in my wrist and stopped in my elbow. Felt like somebody hit me in the arm with a baseball bat, I thought the gun had blown up. Took a couple of hours of surgery to get it out.
  10. tech30528

    tech30528 Well-Known Member

    I've been told (can't remember where just this minute) that the milsurp ammo will penetrate 1/4" plate at 175 yards. I've shot a few plates with it (I have access to throw offs from a fabrication shop) and it will indeed drill 1/4" at shorter distances, I shot it at 100 yards. I started this scary little round of experimentation with the plate turned at an angle to send the ricochets into a hillside in case they did not do thru. But at any less than a 45 degree angle they burned holes in it.
  11. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    45 auto - that's crazy. Glad it didn't kill ya :)
  12. Agsalaska

    Agsalaska Well-Known Member

    Please educate me if you will. I have put thousands of rounds thru firearms in my life but the vast majority of it has been at paper targets, apples, turtles, watermelons, empty cans and bottles, etc. I dont think I have ever shot at a steel target. And If I did it wasnt with steel ammo. I am assuming the number 1 danger is fire as stated by savager. But it sounds like richochet is downright dangerous. So what precautions should you take before firing at steel targets? What are the advantages of said targets?

  13. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    Use hardened steel, preferably AR500- armor plate. And hang it so it can swing when hit.

    Steel "dings" when hit, sounds cool and lets you know you scored a hit at long range.
  14. 45_auto

    45_auto Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I was lucky. 4 inches higher and 4 inches to the left would have put it in my eye. Doubt if my glasses would have stopped it. I'm real careful shooting steel with a rifle, I tend to do most of my steel shooting with pistols and lead bullets now.

    It was real similar to this .50 richochet except that it was only a 30-06 and hit me in the wrist where I was holding the gun. I've still got a nice scar to keep reminding me to be careful!


    Same thing almost happened to this guy, you can see the bullet bounce off the ground in front of him before it hits him in the head.


    Be careful shooting steel, it's fun but you have to realize what could happen. Make sure the targets are angled to deflect the bullet downwards and can swing free to dissapate as much of the impact as possible.
    Last edited: May 16, 2012
  15. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    Lead can bounce 'ricochet'
    iron probably will bounce
    steel WILL bounce

    When lead hits the plate, it's very ductile (compared to steel) and will deform and shatter sideways, kinda like a water balloon thrown at a concrete wall.

    Steel is like a rubber ball thrown at a wall.

    The steel is elastic, and when the round fails to penetrate completely, the steel core compresses, and if does not shatter, it stores energy like a spring, the plate deforms, doing the same, the elasticity will cause the steel core to bounce just like a rubber ball.
  16. levsmith

    levsmith Well-Known Member

    Wow. Lots of interesting stuff here. Thanks everyone for all of the info. The target is AR500 but is not set up to swing so I think I'm going to stick with paper on the mosin. Thanks again for all of the responses
  17. writerinmo

    writerinmo Well-Known Member

    1/4" mild steel at 100 yards, Russian surplus

  18. Agsalaska

    Agsalaska Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Interesting and good info
  19. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    FYI even though they say silver tip rounds it is in reality FMJ ammo with a lead core and steel rod within to keep costs down. The tip is "silver" cause it is painted that color. I have taken apart several types of so called silver tip Russian ammo to see what it was. In my mosins the 440 round silver tip Hungarian spam cans were the most accurate and consistent but all of the surplus has corrosive primers so far as I can get info. The best ammo for the mosin were Russian 330 round brass cased rounds found in pink wrapped string tied bundles and packed in rectangular soldered tin that was dated around 1951--52. IIRC I got these from Cheaper Than Dirt about 1994 for $10.50 per can. At the time I bought 15 cans and still am shooting it.:) I used the real tin container to alloy with my lead to harden my bullets and will do so until I run out of it.:D
  20. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    In pink paper?
    by any chance did these hand tied bundles have some diagonal words on it started with something looks like C H?

    If so, then you had sniper rounds.

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