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September 06, 2001, 19:54
Has anyone used any of the Chinese 308 ammo,its steel cased copper washed and looks pretty good allthough I have not used any yet and was just curious about it,I got about 250rds of this stuff in a trade and was wondering if anyone knows if this stuff is corosive ammo or not.Thanks
September 06, 2001, 21:18
nEVER BEEN ANY CORROSIVE .308
I picked up a 20rd box of softpoint a month ago.Never got around to trying itHave fired
the copper washed&didn't notice anything other than the fact that it was dirty¬ accurate in the tight chambered match barrel
i tried it in.1" at 25yd.
September 06, 2001, 21:21
just read my reply.something goofed in
transmission. should read innacurate
not to mention spacing&punctuation
Wright Brothers Gunsmiths
September 06, 2001, 22:24
Do the chinese make any non-corosive ammo? I wouldn't trust it. Hot water is a cure all if you just want to shoot it up..
September 07, 2001, 07:16
just curious.....what's the headstamp look like?
September 07, 2001, 08:19
I've shot a bunch of it from batch '92. Handling the ammo itself left a black residue on my hands. Besides needing to dial in more gas, it shot fine and wasn't corrosive.
September 07, 2001, 09:39
Hey DAN,the headstamp is just 61 @ the 12 o'clock position with 92 @ the 6 o'clock position, bottom number year of manufacture and the top set for factory of manufacture,this stuff is nice and clean on the outside but I have not shot any of it yet and its steel cased copper washed,also a magnet sticks to both the case and the bullet.Thanks
[ September 07, 2001: Message edited by: Mosin Guy ]
September 07, 2001, 10:10
I opened a spam can of it that I recently found lurking in the garage. I think it came as part of a trade on an M1a long ago.
My observations are that it is dirty, inconsistently charged, inacurate, and underpowered. I'm almost rid of the stuff and hope that I don't find anymore of it out there.
September 07, 2001, 10:40
Got some Norinco in 20 round boxes that I shot the hell out years ago in a Polytech M14S and a Spanish FR-8. Saw no signs of it being corrosive and I would know it because I don't clean my guns till they stop working. I have shot a little (maybe 40 rounds) of it in a couple of FALs and had no gas adjustment or dirty ammo problems. Note this was the commercial package Norinco brand.
September 07, 2001, 19:09
I had about 500 rounds of the stuff that I just finished off. When I got it a couple of years ago, I was told that it was corrosive. Every time I would shoot any of it, I went the windex and hot water route, then when most of it was gone I decided to find out if it really was corrosive. Turned out it wasn't. Don't know who made it, just that it was steel cased and came in a spam can. The rounds were a little dirty, but shot ok.
September 07, 2001, 20:59
Have been shooting Chicom Ammo that I bought in '93 or so. Down to my last 50 rounds. Came in a metal tin. Shoots great. Non-corrosive.
[ September 07, 2001: Message edited by: George ]
September 10, 2001, 22:02
I LIKE IT!
OK, it is dirty and varies alot but... Most of it does not have flame retardant in it! For those of you who, like me, use it in BMGs the flash is incedible at night. Imagine a trash can sized ball of flame for as long as you still have ammo.
I have also found it to be totally sure fire - I wish I had more for my Browning. However, I use the last of my stash of FM in my FALs. Then Hertenberger....
Keith (Big Dog)
September 11, 2001, 03:34
I tried some Chicom .308 a couple of years ago in an old Aussie L1A1 and it functioned fine. A little dirty and smokey but otherwise ok. It was not corrosive at all. I dont remember the headstamp or even the box markings though.
One thing I would caution...make sure you have a split case puller on hand, I have seen some chinese 7.62x39 part company in the chamber a few times before. ;)
[ September 12, 2001: Message edited by: Kevin M ]
September 12, 2001, 23:57
I've shot about 200 rds of 92 headstamped stuff. I bought a Norinco marked crate with spam cans inside. It is accurate and isn't corrosive. I didn't clean my gas cylinder for about 5 years (don't ask - ignorance) and had no problems with corrosion.
It seems to be hard hitting. On the same gas settings, its cases are thrown way farther than Radway Green and you feel more recoil. I would love to chronograph it. I like it and wish I could get more.
September 13, 2001, 02:45
Some Chzeck (you know, where Prague is!) ammo in 7.62/.308 IS corrosive. Sellior & Bellot has sold a lot of it here.
September 15, 2001, 16:19
I have about 2 cases of the stuff left. It shoots fine out of both my FAL's and both M1A's. Have only had very few shoulder splits. All of it seemed pretty consistant.
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