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Yugo 7.62x39 surplus ammo

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  1. thriftyjoe

    thriftyjoe Member

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    I'm considering buying the Yugo 7.62x39 surplus ammo for my Saiga

    There seems to have been a huge influx of this ammo on to the market

    My range will not allow any bi-metal or steel in the projectile of the bullets (fire hazard)

    So the cheapest ammo i can find in the market with a lead core projectile is Yugo 7.62x39 surplus ammo

    I'm afraid to purchase this ammo because of its corrosive properties

    Does anyone have experience with this ammo?

    How corrosive is it? what I'm scared is that i wont clean my gun well enough and over time it will rust

    Do you guys have any suggestions of other ammo (online) that is non corrosive and wont break the bank?
     
  2. 2ndAmFan

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    I've fired thousands of corrosive combloc milsurp rounds from various countries, including Yugoslavia, through my current SKS, and the other SKS I had got almost as much use before I sold it. Proper cleaning within a few hours of firing prevented any corrosion I can see, even with a magnifying glass. I have used Winchester USA and whoever makes American Eagle brand without any problems and they aren't corrosive or especially expensive. Never cared for Wolf very much but I know people who like it. I haven't tried Silver or Brown Bear so I can't say anything about them.
     
  3. mboylan

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    The cheapest ammo, aside from the Yugo that is range safe is Fiocci at $8-$9 for 20 rounds. The Yugo ball is good stuff. You do need to clean any part of the firearm that could have been affected by the primer with hot water within a day or less depending on humidity. You also have to let everything dry and relube.

    PS. You need to clean the entire gas system not just the barrel with hot water.
     
  4. BUGUDY

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    Question, Why do they adv Yugo ammo as non-reloadable when it says it is brass cased?
    myboylan: Thanks fror mentioning the gas system, never thought of it.
     
  5. thriftyjoe

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    How about the receiver? if it isn't cleaned properly will it start to rust?
     
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    Any place the gas comes into contact with will rust if the gun isn't cleaned promptly and properly.
     
  7. jojo200517

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    I have shot some of it and I buy it to shoot at indoor range thru my AK. Brass case but not really reloadable because its berdan primed not boxer. (there is 2 flash holes no way to really push the primer out easily)

    It is labeled as corrosive, so just clean ya gun top to bottom in and out when ya done and you will be fine. Gives you a good excuse to put that extra elbow grease into it and get it looking perfect.

    To me its worth the trouble to clean it up, because its cheaper than the winchester white box.
     
  8. CosmicGrooves

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    I found brown bear 7.62x39 ammo for the same price as that Yugo and it's not corrosive.

    Maybe I should check yugo prices again... this was a month ago.
     
  9. mboylan

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    The Yugo stuff is Berdan primed not Boxer. The primer cannot be punched out. The flash comes from the primer through two chambers. So it is not easily reloadable.
     
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    I'm on my 3rd case of Yugo.

    It's accurate, hot and corrosive.

    I clean with soapy water immediately after shooting, dry, and oil. No problems with rust in either AK or SKS. I do check a few days days later for any rust spots. BSW
     
  11. mboylan

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    Brown Bear is cheaper than the Yugo surplus most of the time. However, no indoor ranges will allow it or any other cheap Russian ammo. It has a steel core and bimetal jacket. It is a serious fire hazzard. It could also weaken the backstop.

    The Russian stuff is fine for outdoor use. The cheapest ammo aside from the Yugo that can be used on an indoor range costs $8-$12 per 20 rounds.
     
  12. Yo Mama

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    Wrong. Mine has no problem with it, an indoor and an outdoor range that I go to.

    If a range tells you this, your at the wrong range!
     
  13. mboylan

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    Your indoor range is in the minority.
     
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    I've got no problem shooting wolf at steel targets, even thought it is ferrous. However, may ranges won't let you shoot anything that attracts a magnet.

    Surplus 5.45 on the other hand rips up steel targets.
     
  15. CosmicGrooves

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    Hollow point Brown Bear ammo has a steel core? I did not know that!!!! The indoor range I go to won't allow it then, but the outdoor one will.... well, I shot it there a week ago. I guess it's accepted. Nobody asked.
     
  16. railroader

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    Russian commercial ammo isn't steel core. It's magnetic because the bullet jacket is bi-metal. I actually have a half of a case of wolf that is lead core with a copper jacket which I don't think is made any more. Mark
     
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