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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by model4006, Dec 5, 2006.

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  1. model4006

    model4006 Member

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    I dont know where to post this so if it has to be moved, sorry.

    Where is the best place to buy tracers for 7.62x39, or really any other round for that matter. ive looked online but with little success.

    thanks for your time.
     
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    No matter where you buy your tracers, just remember to use stick type powder to light them. Ball powder does not lite tracers reliably.
     
  4. model4006

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    im confused, arent the cartridges complete?
     
  5. dfaugh

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    I bought a few complete cartridge(60?) tracers for 7.62x39 a while ago(well, several years), on one of the gun auctions sites (gunsamerica)...But realize that most of the bullets you find for sale will be .308 in diameter (as opposed to the .311 that is normal for 7.63x39) and won't be very accurate (not that that is usually a problem with tracers).
     
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    And, once in a blue moon you'll find a few up for bid on ebay. They'll usually be pulled, and like the gentleman said before me, .308/.311.
     
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    I've always been tempted to load some of these up just for kicks but was concerned that they might harm my barrel. Does anyone know if there's any adverse effect on your barrel from shooting tracers?
     
  9. Art Eatman

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    By the time they're lit, they're well down the barrel. The highest temperatures are right in front of the case mouth, from the gunpowder. I don't see how the tracer flame, itself, could hurt the barrel.

    Maybe an all-tracer string from a machine gun would be a different deal. I dunno.

    Art
     
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    If the burning tracer material won't hurt the barrel, would it be OK to pin hole the copper cup of the tracer bullet so that the bullet will light up as soon as it exits the barrel. The 308 rounds I loaded with tracers don't light up until they are 100 yards down range, I think that's how they were designed as to not give your location away, distance anyway. I load 41gr of IMR 4895 and fire them with a 1919a4. I don't shoot over 200 yards much because lack of places to play with tracers and don't want to cause any fires so shorter distances are safer for me.
    Thanks
     
  11. model4006

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    nevermind, i read the website.
     
  12. Bottom Gun

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    Flutedchamber,

    I'm glad you mentioned to use stick powder. I have been having trouble getting tracers to light with Win 748. Maybe that's my problem.
    I'll have to try some of my IMR powder instead.

    One question: Will a slower burning stick powder work any better than a faster stick powder?
     
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    Since we're on the subject, are there any special safety considerations that should be given to reloading tracers?
     
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    FWIW, I have had trouble getting M25 bullets to light up. I use a healthy load of surplus IMR4895, and have even tried punching a hole in the copper cup. I have to believe that the age of the bullets (35+ years) is the culprit.

    Don
     
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