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Did Russians use corrosive primers in '97: commercial 7.62x39?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Ignition Override, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Member

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    This ammo is typical lacquered jhp. My other Russian ammo, all 11,000 rds.--same chambering-- was manufactured after 2007.

    The guy who traded me some loose (no boxes...) 7.62x39 from an estate sale -he's a doctor at the private shooting club- claims that primers then (1997) were no longer corrosive.
     
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    I always assume anything from that part of the world, (except Sellier & Belllot) is corrosive, and clean accordingly.
     
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    Safely remove bullet and powder from cartridge with a bullet puller. Fire the resulting primed brass in your rifle in a safe location pointed in a safe direction. swab gun with water, smear the swab on one side of a clean, rust free and degreased piece of steel. If you want to be fancy write someone you do not like's name since your name in rust would be sad. Clean gun as if it's had corrosive ammo run through it. Clean it again.

    Check metal plate daily.
     
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  4. Ignition Override

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    mrmeval: Thanks for the description, and read about this technique in '07 (then age 52) when first buying guns, especially MNs and LEs.

    Nobody at "AKfiles" could be 'bothered' to offer any info or even an educated guess as to whether military primers could (easily) be mixed into commercial ammo--this has happened--even though many of them are Intimately familiar with all types of Russian 7.62x39 ammo.
    As a precaution both the SAR-1 and MAK 90 were cleaned. This ammo will be in long-term storage with most of the other 11,000 rds., which consists of post-'07 Wolf, Tula and Monarch.

    Just random trivia here, but Wolf is re-packaged in those specific brand boxes After the Russian ammo is imported into their facility in CA.
     
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