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Old 02-19-2007, 08:47 AM   #1
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Romanian 7.92 (8mm Mauser surplus) questions

Hello,
I recently bought a spam can of Romanian surplus 7.92 (8mm Mauser) ammo.
I'm almost certain it's corrosive but wanted to ask just in case.

The casing is a brownish color and the head stamp has a '22' and '72' marked.
I got 360 rnds. for $43.00.
I got it to shoot in my K98 mauser and it's very dirty

One last question:
Would certain types of ammo make the K98 shoot high?

thanks for your time,

t

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Old 02-19-2007, 11:05 AM   #2
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Its corrosive. I bought some a few yrs back, and alot of it wouldn't fire. The rifle would about put a hole thru the primer, but it just wouldn't fire.

If you're shooting high, it probably has something to do with the 154gr bullet as opposed to the surplus standard of 196gr.

The Romanian ammo I had (have, actually. I still have the ammo, but I gave the gun to a friend of mine) was iron core. I pulled one of the bullets, and torched it to melt out the lead, and opened up the base of the bullet, and took out the iron core. Its soft iron, as I was able to smash it with a hammer pretty easily. I don't really know the idea behind the iron core, but I thought AP ammo typically had tungsten cores, or something like that that's REAL hard, and pointy. the core of the romanian was't exactly pointy.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:06 AM   #3
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Its corrosive. I bought some a few yrs back, and alot of it wouldn't fire. The rifle would about put a hole thru the primer, but it just wouldn't fire.

If you're shooting high, it probably has something to do with the 154gr bullet as opposed to the surplus standard of 196gr.

The Romanian ammo I had (have, actually. I still have the ammo, but I gave the gun to a friend of mine) was iron core. I pulled one of the bullets, and torched it to melt out the lead, and opened up the base of the bullet, and took out the iron core. Its soft iron, as I was able to smash it with a hammer pretty easily. I don't really know the idea behind the iron core, but I thought AP ammo typically had tungsten cores, or something like that that's REAL hard, and pointy. the core of the romanian was't exactly pointy.
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Old 02-19-2007, 11:39 AM   #4
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Cap'n Dex, thanks for the quick reply,
Now that you mention I did have 1 Failure to fire out of about 80 rnds. yesterday at the range.
Still fun to shoot just have to really clean the rifle
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:55 PM   #5
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no prob. 1 on 80 sounds like you're having alot more luck with the romanian than I did. I think I had 1 in 80... that actually fired the first time I guess you got a pretty good batch.
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