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surplus 8mm yugo questions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by carrierx, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. carrierx

    carrierx Active Member

    "Santa" was nice enough to drop off a Yugo m48 and 100rds for Christmas. Love the rifle its in really good shape and has nice light aftermarket trigger.

    Only 1 problem. Looks like im 5-10 years too late to the game for the good surplus ammo.

    I have searched all over the internet and its difficult to find in stock. I managed to get my hands on 500rds of yugo surplus. Mix of 50's on up it seems (need to look at a few more)

    Now, Ive read pages and pages on the stuff. Some say it problematic, others have fired 1000's with little problem. Quite a few threads on case failures and that has me worried.

    I always wear eyes

    If I do happen to split a case, whats realistically going to happen to me and the rifle ?

    In the event of a ftf, how do i cycle the bolt to try and restrike ? Wait 30 secs and then what ?

    Thanks a bunch. I enjoy lurking around here. :)
  2. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    In case of hangfire, do not panic. Do not open bolt right away. LEave and point the gun in downrange. Wait for 45 sec for good measure. Then open bolt and recock , squeeze trigger second time. If not, do the third time. If it fires, good. If not, separate from the rest. Check for primer strike.
  3. carrierx

    carrierx Active Member

    Thanks for the reply.

    I had 6-8 FtF's with my 22 pistol last time around. Old crappy 22 ammo.

    *click* *sigh* wait 30 seconds.... cycle the round out.

    Got really annoying after a while. I'm glad that box is used up. Pistol got really good cleaning after that.
  4. morcey2

    morcey2 Well-Known Member

    I've only had one hangfire, but I've had several FTFs where the second strike (well delayed as mentioned by nathan) fired the round. It only happened in my VZ-24, not any of my other mausers. I picked up a stronger firing pin spring and the problem went away. Since then, I've been through several hundred rounds of yugo surplus and have yet to have a problem.

    The hangfire was a great teaching experience for my kids. They heard the click, but no bang and they thought I forgot to load it. About 3 seconds later, the round fired. I was still holding on the target and they wanted an explanation of what had just happened.

  5. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

  6. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

  7. Beak50

    Beak50 Well-Known Member

    I started Re-loading for my 8x57 yugo mauser, something to think about anyway since all the cheap stuff is corrosive.Plus it is a very interesting hobby learning so much.
  8. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Well-Known Member

    I have a yugo 24/47 mauser

    I bedded the action, added a rail and Redfield scope and can do 1.5 inch groups with handloaded
    ( my buddy is a reloading wiz)

    Awesome hunting rifle

    Almost of the 8mm usa made is way underpowered.

    And..... Much of the available yugo surplus ammo is inconsistent in firing

    S&B and Privi seemed to do ok

    The stock is a bit dinged and the handguard is mismatched but looks like great grain under the very dark stain, so i am going to strip and restain
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2012
  9. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Well-Known Member

    I have a bunch of surplus 8MM that's brass-cased and, every now and then, one of the case necks will split. I have two Mausers, a Czech-made K98k and a VZ 24, also Czech. All that happens is some of the gases escape through the action. The bullet always makes its way downrange as there's power to spare and the Mauser action is plenty strong. If you wear goggles, you'll be ok.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012
  10. morcey2

    morcey2 Well-Known Member

    BTW, Will you give Santa my name for next year? :)
  11. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    Fodder for a Yugo...

    Carrier X--The Yugo M-48 Mauser is just too good a rifle, IMHO, to just feed it surplus ammo. You limit what the rifle can do in terms of accuracy, not to mention that if you want to take it hunting (an XLNT idea, BTW) you have to buy expensive store-bought softpoint ammo.

    Sooo, this is a great time for you to consider the pros and cons of getting into the ammunition reloading business. If you do, you can make up target ammo that'll outdo the milsurp stuff easily, plus relatively inexpensive hunting ammo with bullets you usually can't buy on store-bought.

    FWIW, I prefer the 200 grain Nosler Accubonds for hunting, and the 200 grain Sierra Match Kings for competition. But you will find what your own rifle "likes" best, and use that, and then begin turning up your nose at the "surplus commie crap ammo."

    Anyhow, nice Xmas present, hope you enjoy it for many years, and please give us a range report, with pix. We all like pix!!
  12. carrierx

    carrierx Active Member

    Thanks for all the replies.

    Yeah, that was the first words out of "santa"'s mouth. You will need to start reloading if you shoot regularly.. I see why now.

    Ive shot some commercial and some of his reloads already (i just couldn't help myself). I'm curious to see how the surplus performs. It will get cleaned as soon as I get home.

    Pix ? The targets aren't too pretty 8 )

    at 100yd im getting close to 1 quadrant of a 12" target so 6" box or so. Im just starting out again shooting so its at a very novice level. That and the crappy makshift rest im shooting off is too low and needs to be more stable.

    So the surplus sounded like decent practice at .26 a pull

    Now if only i can .22lr my way out of the flinches ...
  13. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Well-Known Member

    Did you have to install the "tall" sights?

    The lowest setting on my yugo was around 300 meters

    Before i scoped it, i added the tall sights... Then filed down to get poa at 100 yards

    It was sort of funny at the range, as people next to me were setting up thier high end scopes, on their new rifles.

    I had a FILE !

    Fred Flintstone meets George Jetson

    But.... Now with a scope..... Its pretty accurate
  14. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    I picked up some 1950's Yugo surplus from www.ammoman.com back around 2004 or 2005 at $90 for 900 rounds delivered. That same ammo from the say place is something like $300 now. The only issues I have had with it is about 2 or 3 in a 100 will back out a primer. That and it is corrosive so make sure to clean real good when you get home.

    HEAVY METAL 1 Well-Known Member

    "In case of hangfire, do not panic. Do not open bolt right away. LEave and point the gun in downrange. Wait for 45 sec for good measure. Then open bolt and recock , squeeze trigger second time."

    With a 98 action there is no need to open the bolt all the way to recock, just lift the bolt handel up and close it back down; that will recock it.

    Standard cleaning methods may not dissolve the corrosive salts residue from the surplus ammo. Run 2 wet patches, wet with WATER, down the bore, then clean as per usual. I have an old nasal spray bottle I fill with water & keep in my range kit. I remove the bolt and hose down the bore, wait about 30 seconds then clean as usual. Have not had any corrosion. Be sure to use a water wetted patch on your bolt face too, then clean it off with a dry, then oiled patch.
  16. Hud

    Hud Well-Known Member

    Very true, but rotating the bolt handle to re-cock also disengages the locking lugs & if the round were to go off in that condition, it could make for a very bad day.

    Anyone notice the small notch on the right side of the cocking piece?
    Stick the rim of a cartridge in the notch & pull it back to re-cock.
    (That's why it's there)

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2012
  17. carrierx

    carrierx Active Member

    this notch


    nice to know. Thanks for the information
  18. Hud

    Hud Well-Known Member

  19. bigdogpete

    bigdogpete Well-Known Member

    I usually look here and compare.


    I just bought a case from SGAmmo. Very good to deal with.

  20. WeldonHunter

    WeldonHunter Member

    Sam's out of the Yugo 8mm Mauser cases. He still has some in ammo cans though. I bought 2700rds of it from him when he had it in the wood crates. There's still some around but it seems to be drying up.
    Here's a link to the 8mm Mauser http://gun-deals.com/ammo.php?caliber=8mm+Mauser


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