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Old August 11, 2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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Where is this .50 BMG round from?

Not sure exactly if this is the right forum, but I'd assume questions about ammo can be asked here.

You see, I am an avid firearms enthusiast, and I have a cartridge collection consisting of pistol and rifle ammunition. A few years ago I went to my local gun shop and stated that I have a small ammo collection for fun and that I wanted to add a .50 BMG to the collection. Sure enough they had a random one laying around so they just gave it to me for free.

Now I am just curious as to what the headstamp on the round means exactly, and where it came from.

Here's a picture of the headstamp:


Here's a picture of it standing up. (I don't think that will help identify it but whatever):
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Old August 11, 2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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Igman Zavod Konjiac Yugoslavia

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Old August 11, 2013, 11:15 PM   #3
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Is that bullet fully seated? Or is the round even .50 BMG? It just looks odd to me.

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Old August 12, 2013, 03:54 AM   #4
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looks odd to me too.
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Old August 12, 2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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Igman Zavod Konjiac Yugoslavia

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Wow cool thanks for that info, wouldn't have thought Yugoslavia.

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Is that bullet fully seated? Or is the round even .50 BMG? It just looks odd to me.

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Yep it appears to be fully seated. The bullet has a cannelure, and its in the right place. Is it possible it could be a 12.7x108 round? I know those are similar looking.

Edit: it's also worth noting that I think my camera maybe distorted the way it looks a little bit, in person the actual bullet is shorter than it looks in the picture.
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Old August 12, 2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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The Russian 50 is 12.7x108, and Yugoslavia loaded plenty of those, but they're usually marked "12.7". Have you got a magnet, and can you see if the bullet is made with alead core or a steel core?
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Old August 12, 2013, 10:12 AM   #7
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Measure it and find out. If it is more than 10 cm in length then yes.

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Old August 12, 2013, 12:05 PM   #8
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So I just measured the case, and its just under 10 cm, so its definitely not a 12.7x108. I put a magnet to the bullet as well, and it did not attract it so it appears to be lead core.
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Old August 14, 2013, 07:54 PM   #9
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The case should be about 3.90" and the over all length should be 5.45". Strange that the bullet doesn't have a steel core, stuff I had (earlier) was steel core.

It's good brass for reloading, wish they would import it.
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