Is this ammo corrosive? - Gun Hub
Gun Hub

Go Back   Gun Hub > Gun Hub Forum > Ammunition

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-15-2005, 08:39 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2,198
Is this ammo corrosive?

I have a small amount of what I believe to be Hungarian 7.62x54R. The headstamp is as follows: at 12 o'clock there is the number "21" and at 6 o'clock there is the number "74." I'm guessing the 74 means made in 1974, but I'm not sure. Also the bullets have silver and brown or gold (can't quite tell) paint on them. Does anyone know what that means?
skslover is offline  
Old 01-15-2005, 09:13 PM   #2
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2,198
While we are at it, has anyone had any experience or know anything about this company?

The ".ca" is slightly disconcerting, as I don't think this is an American company.
*edit* Ok, this company is in Quebec. Yet they are the first company that I have seen that has good Mosin clips with ammo. Anyone know about the international shipping regs on ammo? Or should I just not bother?
skslover is offline  
Old 01-15-2005, 09:18 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,449

How much is a small amount?

I really am shy sbout shooting old ammo that I am not sure about.
Its simply not worth the risk!!!
As for the paint on the tips. It could be tracer, AP, or Incindery.
Head stamp info I am not sure of.

Where did you acquire this ammo?

How was it stored? Do you plan on shooting this ammo?

If you are concerned that its corrosive!!!

2) If you do shoot it, Clean the rifle ASAP.
3) Tracer ammo, you should always clean your weapon ASAP.

suasponte is offline  
Old 01-15-2005, 09:23 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,449
Try this place. They are in Canton, OHIO.

I drive out from Pittsburgh to there atleast once a month.

They have pretty mush everything that you want.

suasponte is offline  
Old 01-15-2005, 09:38 PM   #5
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2,198
It was given to me by a friend. By small amount I mean 6 rounds. The ammo is good, it was properly stored and my friend has shot it before, it's just been so long (at least 2 years) that he cannot remember much about it. All he remembers is that it is Hungarian and it is neither tracer nor incindiary.

Actually, having just looked at I noticed that they have ammo that looks exactly alike with the exception of the tip.

Is one of the places that requires you to be at least 21 regardless of what kind of ammo you buy?

Thanks for the info you have given me so far. It appears that I'll just hold onto these 6 rounds for a rainy day.
skslover is offline  
Old 01-15-2005, 09:58 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,351
7.62 x 54 is easy to come by Stateside. Cabela's carries it. ... 12687.html
Corrosive ammo is no big deal. If you suspect any ammo to be corrosive, just clean your rifle accordingly. Flush the barrel with hot water or Windex first, then clean and oil as per normal. The yucky part of corrosive ammo is the salts in the primer. The hot water or Windex cleans out the salts.
"...that requires you to be at least 21..." That'd be the law. Your local gun shop should be able to get it for you. However, reloading makes the search go away and you get better ammo.
Sunray is offline  
Old 01-16-2005, 05:19 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northern Georgia
Posts: 9,290
There has been a bit of Hungarian ammo imported in the last 3-5 years, but always in fairly small lots. AIM has been consistent in acquiring it. They had white box 7.62x54R that was used for final acceptance of small-arms in that caliber, supposedly. I did get some, and it was pretty nice, almost as good as my E.German orange box loads.

It IS corrosive!! Clean appropriately.

JR is offline  
Old 01-16-2005, 09:32 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Southern AZ
Posts: 1,702

Anything imported as surplus is corrosive. Clean with ammonia to eliminate the corrosive salts in the primers, then clean normally.
armoredman is offline  

  Gun Hub > Gun Hub Forum > Ammunition

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is PSD Ammo corrosive? Dillo M1 Carbine 2 08-22-2008 02:42 PM
Corrosive Ammo? dug M1 Garand 13 07-05-2006 10:55 AM
Corrosive ammo? Tim Wilson M1 Carbine 9 10-17-2005 10:39 AM
corrosive ammo help az rat Ammunition 1 03-25-2005 03:31 AM

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2002 - 2020 Gun Hub. All rights reserved.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.