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Gun Slinging Redneck August 20, 2001 12:50

Israeli Ammo
Hey, I saw some Israeli ammunition at and I was wondering if it is any good. And if anyone has purchased the slighly dented and the tarnished stuff before. And how well it fires. Any help is appreciated.

Offctr August 20, 2001 13:12

My friend and I split 1000 rounds and I took 500 down to the MD falfest last mont with the exception of 2 rounds all fired good.and oone of those was an FN headstamp Bob's 500 went the same. I put alot of it through my HK becuase the fluted chamber distroys the brass
and I try to save the good stuff ( Hirt) for eventual reloading. Its not match grade stuff but will go bang when you pull the trigger.
There have been a few threads on acid dipped or tumbled ammo (?) but you will have to make your own determination there.

Gun Slinging Redneck August 20, 2001 13:23

Ok thanx alot for the help.

timbo40 August 20, 2001 14:13

There has been some reports of split cases, and the resulting problems associated with it. Seems it is the TZ and Israeli marked in hebrew letters similar in appearance to the lettes KU. I had two cases split just this past Saturday, while shooting an Israeli K98 Mauser converted to 7.62x51. Scared the crap out of me to see those splits afterwards.
Do a search here for other threads discuusing this. Seems most of the problems with the defective ammo has been sourced back to Southern Ammo in South Carolina. That is where I got mine. Really don't save a lot of money if you have to throw out defective ammo, or even worse, get injured.
Let the buyer beware!
Timbo40 :eek:

Gun Slinging Redneck August 20, 2001 14:16

Timbo thanx for the caution, I'll have second thoughts about it now.

EOE August 20, 2001 21:21

Buyer beware.
As has been posted out for TZ80. While most of it goes bang, some of it does quite a bit more than that, like destroy magazines. While rifle parts may be replaced body parts are another story.

Uncle Buck August 20, 2001 22:05

Watch out for all the Israeli ammo in this lot, not just TZ80. Some of the case heads split. The ones shown are KU69, KU72, TZ77 and TZ71. Who need this kind of excitement?

W.E.G. August 20, 2001 22:16

Hey Uncle Buck!

Tell us more about the circumstances of those case failures.

Grinder August 20, 2001 22:21

I think in the loose packed stuff, ANY round could be a problem. I have factory sealed cans of 8-80 TZ which is proving to be very consistant and accurate. Today I shot a 5 shot 1 1/2" group at 100 yds. off a bench (open sights) while sighting in my new built IMBEL/STG. NO case burn throughs or other problems. A few did case mic a little undersized, but shoot great. ANY ammo not in original factory packaging is questionable!

[ August 20, 2001: Message edited by: Grinder ]

Uncle Buck August 21, 2001 10:07

The ones shown just happened in normal shooting of about 200 rounds, so I got about 1 split in 50 rounds. The one on the left blew out the mag and cracked my extractor, so I stopped. When I looked through the brass, I found the other three splits, which I probably wouldn't have noticed otherwise. BTW, I also had minor case splits with the new in the box TZ80 ammo that looked beautiful. It is not the same lot, but it has the same problem.

xIA August 21, 2001 11:05

Guys, ANY loose packed "surplus" ammo is "range pick-up" stuff.
And some unscrupulous folks tumble it (loaded) to boot, with the resulting ballistic problems.
Gotta ask yourself if it's worth it for a few pennies when there's plenty of good stuff around for precious little more...

Gun Slinging Redneck August 21, 2001 11:13

Ok thanx for the help, so Southern Ammo is not very good from what i've been hearing?

Offctr August 21, 2001 11:47

I am stillnot 100% on this stuff I am goiing to shoot up the other 500 Ive gotten and see what the deal is -- at least if I keep better track of it this time maybe I can help pinpoint the trend etc. I just have not had a problem thus far maybe I am just lucky to this point ..... Who knows --for now If I needed another 1K I'd call southern agian.
Id like to see more info like Jeter said --you know headspace --possible firing out of battery problems -slightly long or out of spec rounds maybe ? If this is happening this often (1 out of 50 ) more people must have failures to report if it has only happened to a few overall there must be some identifiable condition causing it wether its the ammo or something else, The tumbling issue was already looked at in another thread and seems unlikly so what else could it be ? primers, powder, case, sizing , must be some sort of trend --right ? :confused:

BUFF August 21, 2001 16:44

Dave at Inland Armory says "ANY loose packed "surplus" ammo is "range pickup stuff." "

Not true.

Much of it is de-linked belted machine gun ammo.

I would be wary of ammo with mixed headstamps in the same boxes or ammo cans, though.

xIA August 21, 2001 18:19

Ya' know, that's possible, but I've never seen any that had evidence of being de-linked, nor would I expect that they would put the labor into de-linking it. I've seen them selling it off w/ the tracers removed and the rest of the links intact, though...

Just my $.02

BUFF August 21, 2001 19:17

I've got a nice pile of DAG in ammo cans in the basement that I bought from Century in 250 round cans this spring. You can see from the marks on the brass cases that it is delinked. All of the ammo in each can was headstamped the same, but I got 3 different headstamps altogether in the ammo I bought.

Sand Pirate August 21, 2001 19:44

Hey Redneck-(Not often you can say that without getting your teeth knocked out)

Don't give up on these guys yet. I bought 3k of the pinged some time ago, shot about 1k so far. No problems whatsoever. Shooting in a DS Arms STG-58. I did sort the stuff by headstamp, had no TZ80 in there at all. 50% TZ, 50% KU, and a smattering of FN with the NATO cross.

Everything goes bang, feeds and ejects. Accuracy is fine for me (I'm no rifleman YET). I save all my brass, know what a case looks like when it ain't right. All my brass is fine. Have reloaded some of the boxer stuff, but haven't shot it yet.

I'll admit I'm watching my ammo a little closer after reading some of posts here, 'cause a lot of these guys know their stuff. But I wouldn't shy away from Southern Ammo at all.

If I get to 2k rounds fired with no problems, I'm gonna order another 3k.

Gun Slinging Redneck August 21, 2001 21:58

Ok thanx sand pirate. How much did the 3k cost?

xIA August 22, 2001 06:23


Originally posted by BUFF:
<STRONG>I've got a nice pile of DAG in ammo cans in the basement that I bought from Century in 250 round cans this spring. You can see from the marks on the brass cases that it is delinked. All of the ammo in each can was headstamped the same, but I got 3 different headstamps altogether in the ammo I bought.</STRONG>
I learned something today.
That makes it a good day! :)

BrenLover August 22, 2001 08:53

I have had the same problems with some iZZY 5.56. I've had two major case splits in about 2K rounds shooting it in my ARs. Most have very good. My ammo was loose packed mixed stamps and NOT from Summit.

IronHands August 22, 2001 09:30

I have a liitle less than 500 rds. of TZ 80 that I bought from AIM a few years ago,not one problem.However, because what others have said I won't shoot any through my beloved AR-10,I only shoot it in my HK-91 because it's like a Timex.

The few times I did shoot it through the AR-10A2 it producede groups right at an inch,but the 10 is almost a tack driver. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Sand Pirate August 22, 2001 12:04

Redneck- I'm just up the road from them here in South Carolina, so shipping wasn't much. Total was $268. Ordered on Monday, received it on Tuesday by noon. I've got six new ammo cans to boot. Great customer service on the phone, too.

I've made up my mind on the tumbling issue, I think the facts jive with my intuition: No problem. I'm gonna poke around on the acid dip issue and find some hard facts, but I'm still real comfortable

Grinder August 22, 2001 20:41

That is where I bought mine. Is your's marked 8-80 on the cans?

IronHands August 22, 2001 21:41

Grinder,it sure is.

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