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troopcom
June 19, 2012, 12:14 AM
Guys I just scored big time.:D I bought 450 rounds of 70's Yugo 8mm surplus ammo the other day still in the wooden crate, with the boxes sealed for $112.00 out the door. I think I got a good deal since I can no longer find this ammo. The crate had been opened and about half the ammo gone because he was selling it box by box at 4.95 plus tax a box. I asked him how much for all 30 that was left and he said $112.00 tax and all! I can't wait to get to the range. This stuff is the most accurate surplus ammo in my Yugo K98. It shoots between 2.5 to 3 inch five shot groups at 100 yards out of my rifle. May not be a tack driving accuracy, but it is accurate enough for surplus stuff. I wish we could get more of this stuff, but he said that was the last he will probably see of it.

tobnpr
June 19, 2012, 07:07 PM
Good buy.
Wideners has 8mm sniper ammo in stock, but at $8.00 ($7.50 by the crate) box much more expensive.

madcratebuilder
June 20, 2012, 07:16 AM
70's Yugo is a good find. My 50's yugo and Rom has maybe 1 in 20 hang fires, the 60's stuff is GTG. Those hang fires tell you about your flinching big time.:cool:

troopcom
June 20, 2012, 11:25 AM
madcratebuilder quoted:
Those hang fires tell you about your flinching big time.

Absolutely, i had some steel case stuff a long time ago and i can't remember what the country of origin was, but i had maybe one out of 20 actually fire.

Jo6pak
June 20, 2012, 05:58 PM
I bought some Yugo 8mm a while back at a little gunshop for $5 per 20. I bought 5 boxes.

The owner of the shop said, "It's dirty, smelly, smokey and corrosive; but it's cheap and it's accurate."

He was absolutely correct on all counts. I gotta get back down that way to get some more:)

tobnpr
June 20, 2012, 06:17 PM
Dirty, is right...

My son shot a few boxes through his last time at the range (and we found out that the graduations on the iron sights are accurate at 600 yards). I clean our long range rifles with Wipe-Out, and it does a stellar job, with "normal" clean, handloaded ammo.

Two applications of Wipe-Out, then another dozen or so patches with Hoppes #9...and another dozen after that till they were clean. Jeez....

m&p45acp10+1
June 20, 2012, 07:17 PM
It sells for $2.25 per 5 on stripper clips here at a store not known for low prices. It shoots ok out of my Spanish Mauser. The PPU 196 grain BTFMJ does much better at a cost of $5 or $6 more per 20. Yes I shoot the cheaper stuff. Though I do have the brass from the PPU for when I decide to buy the dies to reload them.

troopcom
June 20, 2012, 08:53 PM
Is it really that hard to reload Berdan primed brass?

kilimanjaro
June 20, 2012, 10:23 PM
Yes, it's really that hard. Sell your brass for scrap and buy new Boxer-primed brass.

gyvel
June 20, 2012, 10:50 PM
Is it really that hard to reload Berdan primed brass?

Yes, it's really that hard. Sell your brass for scrap and buy new Boxer-primed brass.

No, it isn't that hard to reload Berdan primed stuff. It is slightly more labor intensive than Boxer primers, but there are a couple of easy tricks that make it almost as fast as decapping Boxer stuff. (And NOT the "hydraulic" method.)

What makes it somewhat impractical is that most of the Berdan primed stuff is so cheap as surplus that it doesn't pay to hunt down Berdan primers to reload it.

Where it does pay off is with some foreign calibres that are not common in the U.S. or are obsolete.

troopcom
June 21, 2012, 07:20 PM
Where it does pay off is with some foreign calibres that are not common in the U.S. or are obsolete.

So in other words when it comes to 8mm mauser, just scrap the berdan and buy boxer primed brass?

gyvel
June 21, 2012, 11:23 PM
So in other words when it comes to 8mm mauser, just scrap the berdan and buy boxer primed brass?

For now? Yes. There may come a day when the brass becomes hard to get, at which point Berdan primed cases will become valuable.

Currently, I scrap all my .308 Berdan primed stuff, but .308 is starting to become hard to find in cheap, shootable quantities, so that may change in the future.

madcratebuilder
June 22, 2012, 06:27 AM
I agree with gyvel, the 8mm is still cheap and plentiful. The Berdan primers can be found and there are new tools around for decapping Berdan primers. You have a few extra steps in case prep. I'm saving all my 7.62 and .303 Berdan cases, not reloading them yet but there may come a day, if I'm still around.

TX Hunter
June 22, 2012, 08:10 AM
I am holding on to some Romanian Light Ball, I love the stuff, but its been gone for quite some time. Its like it all vanished at once.

troopcom
June 22, 2012, 10:14 AM
Yeah that Romanian stuff was at every gunshow I went to for a while then poof! It's gone! The last of it I fired had a price tag on it of $3.95 a box. I wished some importer would stumble across a few million rounds of it again!

kilimanjaro
June 25, 2012, 09:50 PM
You got that right, it was everywhere, then gone. I got plenty, but still look for it to surface once in a while.

Same thing with the British 7.62, the Greek M2 ball, South African 5.56, the Lake City ball and match, Portuguese .308, all of 'em. The rule is to buy all you can when you can, might not be cheap, but stack it deep or you will weep.