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Yellow Bullet Tips?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by bonza, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. bonza

    bonza Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. NeoSpud

    NeoSpud Well-Known Member

    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).
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2008
  3. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

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

    rondog Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. bonza

    bonza Well-Known Member

    Rondog asked:
    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 Well-Known Member

    If it is 7.62X54R at that price I'll take take $44.25 worth of them, send them on ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
  7. NeoSpud

    NeoSpud Well-Known Member

    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 ;)
  8. Nugilum

    Nugilum Well-Known Member

    NeoSpud, you are correct sir!

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