View Full Version : H1 & HD 7.62 Headstamp ID
February 25, 2001, 23:35
The origin of this Ammo has been the subject of several topics on this board and at ar15.com. It is usually marketed as Portugese. But the headstamp of H1 or HD with 7.62 at 6 oclock defies identification. Also it comes in repackaged 20 round carboard boxes marked .308 Win. It is very shiney clean ammo, and it shoots well, perhaps a bit hot, as it cycles my Fal at gas setting 6. The Ammo dealer that sold it last month as Portuguese, now calls it Malaysian. Some say it's actually from Singapore-made using American tooling. Federal law forbids foriegn made ammo, made on U.S. machinery to be sold in America To get around this illegality, it is advertised as Portugese, Malaysian or just "Imported"
[This message has been edited by RayVet (edited February 26, 2001).]
February 26, 2001, 01:20
I just got some of this stuff last week, haven't shot any yet. It was definitely sold as being from Singapore, made by Charter Industries. Supposedly de-linked machine gun ammo, that would explain the power factor.
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February 26, 2001, 20:20
Picked up some of this at a gunshow this weekend from a reputable dealer.(J&G) Was sold as Port. I asked why the repack and different headstamp. Was told it was a Custom's policy to make sure no AP or tracer was in the batch, no clue on the head stamp.
After seeing the recents posts I put the cases under a magnifing glass. Sure enough scratches from delinking. Thats not all, the scratches seemed a little polished. A few smudges of gunk in the head stamp might lead one to believe this stuff was tumbled. Might account for the "hot" load. J&G wasn't the only ammo dealer selling this stuff. Anyone got a better guess
February 26, 2001, 23:47
I have just acquired some of this from Dan's ammo. He says it is Singaporese,(OK, so that's not a word) de-linked. I have not gotten the chance to shoot any, but it sounds like others here have and it seems warm like Port. Mine looks like some of it has been tumbled also, but some of it also is a bit dirty around the primer pocket, case rim and neck where it meets the bullet.
This is the only ammo I have bought that does not seem to have a steel core. (It's non-magnetic.)
March 08, 2001, 06:31
I just received my singapore surplus ammo from Dans Ammo and it is great looking stuff. Head stamp is HD on all of mine. I have found (ZERO) corrosion and the rounds are bright & shiney! I'll try to shoot some tonight or tomorrow and see what it does. As far as dirt around the primer pocket, there seems to be a green sealer on the primer rim but no dirt. I've not seen ammo this good since I retired from the US Army.('91) There shouldn't be any difference between ammo for rifle & machinegun. I don't see any evidence of tumbling either. at least not on the stuff I received.
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