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Old February 12, 2002, 02:27 AM   #1
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308 AP Reloading info for...

Black tip AP ammo. Is there anyplace that lists reloading data and ballistics charts. I will be reloading some and would like to save a lot of time with the correct info, all help appreciated.....
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Old February 12, 2002, 03:32 AM   #2
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Just weight the projectile and load accordingly with your choice of powder.
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Old February 12, 2002, 01:20 PM   #3
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What Intel6 said.

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Old February 13, 2002, 02:06 AM   #4
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Old February 15, 2002, 02:03 PM   #5
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Featherman. I really hate to rain on anyone's parade, but loading black tipped AP into .308 brass may be a violation of federal law.
I'd sure want to check this out before putting myself in the possible position of a five year prison term, $10,000 fine and loss of all firearms rights forever.
Why it is OK to have 30-06 ammo with AP, and 7.62/.308 is not is beyond me.
The people elect the jackasses who make those stupid laws and allow the BATF to make their own regulations.
My take on the matter is this. If every gun owner voted on the one issue, his guns, the Kennedy's, Schumers, and Feinsteins would be on the unemployment rolls. I'm a one issue voter. My guns. Lose your guns and all else is easily lost.
be that as it may, check out the federal regs on what you want to do. I'd hate to see any shooter lose his rights to shoot because of the unconstitutional BS certain traitors (my opinion) have passed into law.
JMHO.
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Old February 15, 2002, 02:53 PM   #6
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Paul B. I would be honored to buy you a beer (or 8 or 10) if we would ever meet. The words you printed mirror my thoughts exactly, but you put them into words much better than I can ever hope to!!
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Old February 15, 2002, 03:01 PM   #7
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.308 is considered a handgun cartridge.
.30-06 is not.
AP OK in rifle but not handgun.

Idiocricity at it's best.

What Paul said.

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Old February 15, 2002, 09:26 PM   #8
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Why is 3006 ok and 308 not? They make a 3006 pistol also, the lone eagle and for 762 x 39 AK also from lone eagle arms. I can't see why 308 is illegal and is it that way for every state with AP ammo or some states legal to hahe AP ammo?? All info appreciated....TIA
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Old February 15, 2002, 09:32 PM   #9
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After thought .....Can I just have some AP ammo NOT loaded in just bullet form and when the time comes load it up???
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Old February 16, 2002, 02:41 AM   #10
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IIRC, it okay to own components but not necessarily to put them together. If that crises is at hand, there would be a whole lot more to worry about than silly laws.
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Old February 16, 2002, 10:02 PM   #11
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You may find below what I believe is the answer on what is legal to "make" vs what is legal to "assemble". As we normal (some less normal) people are not so much MAKING AP bullets, but ASSEMBLING AP rounds the laws are quite different!

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You may see this FAQ at the site below.
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/wb...ublic/nfalist/


Copyright by James O. Bardwell, 1995, 1996. Permission is given to
reproduce this document or portions thereof with attribution, for
non-commercial, or non-governmental use only. No claim to U.S.
statutes or regulations quoted herein.
This is accurate, to the best of my knowledge, as of 2/09/96.
Nothing written here should be taken as legal advice. If you have
a legal problem, talk to a lawyer.


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WHAT IS AP AMMO, BY FEDERAL LAW?

The definition of AP ammo is at 18 USC sec. 921(a)(17):
"(B) The term `armor piercing ammunition' means-

(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and
which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other
substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass,
bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or

(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and
intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25
percent of the total weight of the projectile.

(C) The term `armor piercing ammunition' does not include shotgun shot
required by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting
purposes, a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile
which the Secretary finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting
purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the Secretary
finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes, including a charge
used in an oil and gas well perforating device."

[Secretary means Secretary of the Treasury, in reality determinations
are delegated to the Technology Branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (ATF)]

Note the following things from the definition:

1) The definition was changed as part of the 1994 Crime Bill (9/14/94),
primarily by the addition of "full jacketed" bullets intended to be used
in a handgun whose jacket is more than 25% of their weight. The previous
language is at the end of this article, for comparison purposes.

2) AP ammo is the bullets ONLY, not the loaded ammo, although ATF has
identified some AP ammo by the loaded ammo, not projectiles, for the
information of FFL dealers, who are not supposed to "willfully"
transfer AP ammo.
From this it follows that loading the bullets identified above into
completed rounds does not constitute "making" AP ammo; making the
bullets themselves does.

3) USE - The bullet must be able to be used in a handgun. Rather than
construing this to mean regular handgun calibers, ATF construes this to
mean any caliber for which a handgun has been made, including handguns
in rifle calibers, like .308 Winchester, and 7.62x39, for purposes of
bullets covered by (B)(i). Thus bullets suitable for these calibers,
as well as other rifle calibers for which handguns have been made (at
least commercially made) which are constructed as described below would
or should be AP ammo.
However bullets that fall into the AP definition under (B)(ii), because
their jackets comprise more than 25% of their weight (solid copper bullets?)
must be intended for use in a handgun, not just be able to be used in a
handgun.

4) CONSTRUCTION - The bullet must either have a core made ENTIRELY out
of one or more of the listed metals, or be a full jacketed type bullet
with a jacket comprising more that 25% of its weight. Thus SS109/M855
.223 (5.56mm) bullets would not be covered, because their core is only partly
steel, and partly lead. Lead is not a listed metal, and bullets with
cores made partly out of lead are OK. ATF has expressly ruled that
SS109/M855 bullets are not covered.

5) Hardness of the bullet is irrelevant.

6) Ability to actually penetrate any kind of soft body armor is irrelevant.

ATF has listed the following rounds as AP ammo:

All KTW, ARCANE, and THV ammo.
Czech made 9mm Para. with steel core.
German made 9mm Para with steel core.
MSC .25 ACP with brass bullet.
BLACK STEEL armor and metal piercing ammunition.
7.62mm NATO AP and SLAP.
PMC ULTRAMAG with brass bullet.
OMNISHOCK .38 Special with steel core.
7.62x39 ammo with steel core bullets.

ATF has specifically exempted the following rounds:

5.56 SS109 and M855 NATO rounds, with a steel penetrator tip.
.30-06 M2 AP ammo.

WHAT FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ARE PLACED ON AP AMMO?

If you are NOT a (FFL) licensee under the Gun Control Act (an individual):
It is: ok to OWN AP ammo
ok to SELL AP ammo
ok to BUY AP ammo
ok to SHOOT AP ammo
NOT ok to MAKE AP ammo (18 USC sec. 922(a)(7))
NOT ok to IMPORT AP ammo (18 USC sec. 922(a)(7))
The only persons who can make AP ammo are holders of a type 10
FFL, also needed to make destructive devices, and ammunition for
destructive devices. The only persons who can import AP ammo
are holders of a type 11 FFL, who can also import DD's and ammo
for DD's. The FFL's cost $1000 a year.

If you are a licensed manufacturer or importer:
NOT ok to SELL or DELIVER AP ammo (18 USC sec. 922(a)(8)
(with exceptions for making/importing for law enforcement, export, or R&D).
No additional restrictions, except as listed below. This applies
not only to holders of type 10 and 11 FFL's, but also type 7 and 8
FFL's (makers and importers of guns other than DD's), as well as
holders of a type 06 FFL (maker of ammo other than for DD's).

If you are a licensed dealer, manufacturer, importer or collector:
NOT ok to SELL or DELIVER AP ammo without keeping a record of the sale, similar
to the bound book record for firearm sales. (18 USC sec. 922(b)(5)).
No additional restriction, except on dealers as noted below.
The records required to kept on sale or delivery of AP ammo need only
be kept for two years, not twenty years, like firearm records. See
27 CFR sec. 178.121, and 27 CFR sec. 178.125.

18 USC sec. 923(e) allows the revocation of a dealer's FFL
for willfully transferring AP ammo, with exceptions for sales to law
enforcement and so on. This is dealers only; holders of a collector
FFL (type 03) may willfully transfer AP ammo if they wish, but must comply
with the record keeping noted above.

Some states also regulate or prohibit armor piercing ammo, and these
laws may bear no relation to how the federal law works. For state
laws, check locally. The following states regulate AP ammo,
to my knowledge, but the definition of AP ammo and sort of
regulation may (and likely does) deviate widely from the federal
approach. NV, OK, RI, VA, AL, NY, NJ, IL, IN, KS, LA, MN, FL, PA, TX, NC.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The former statute: 18 USC 921(a)(17)(B) - "The term 'armor
piercing ammunition' means a projectile or projectile core which
may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding
the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination
of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or
depleted uranium. Such term does not include shotgun shot required
by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting purposes,
a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile
which the Secretary finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting
purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the
Secretary finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes,
including a charge used in an oil and gas well perforating device."
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Old February 17, 2002, 11:27 AM   #12
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AN ... thanks a lot for your help it was a great help with all that info on AP ammo .....
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Old February 17, 2002, 12:57 PM   #13
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AP Loads

Well, hell, guess I have broken the law and didn't even know it. Anyway, if you do choose to load the AP ammo, reduce your charge from listed loads, as the AP bullets have a longer bearing surface than standard bullets and will increase pressures. Hope this helps. It would look like if it were illegal to load the stuff then they wouldn't be able to sell the components. Strange world we live in huh?
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Old February 17, 2002, 02:00 PM   #14
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This is all totally ridiculous. No AP ammo, no pistol grips, bayonet lugs, flash hiders, guns too small, too big, too destructive, too much capacity, shoots too fast, too little noise...Enough already.

I know, I know, if you apply, pay the fee, take the class, do a background check, sign the form in black ink on a tuesday in a chair made of wood facing north, they may let you do it temporarily...

Where does it end? Where does attemping to be law abiding cross its final line? If they outlaw synthetic stocks tomorrow, will you all run out and buy wood? Soon they'll have us back to black powder only, is that what you'll defend and draw the line at?

"Its the citizens responsibility to know the laws and be in compliance", Great. Wonderful. I want to be lawful. I'm no threat to my fellow man. What do I do to be lawful and compliant? Oh, become a legal scholar, dig thru all thier volumes of legalistic babble and hope I get it right. "Sorry Edward429451, its only the third thursday of the second month you can do that, off to the pokey with you, you terrorist..."

If they wanted us to be ABLE to be lawful, they'd make it in plain english, easily understood. They dont. Taxes are the same way, ever try to understand the tax code? Pure BS..

If its the citizens responsibility to be knowledgeable and compliant, wherein is the governments responsibility to be compliant with the law, (Constitution)? The people. I reread the 2nd and cant seem to find where it says except black tip in .308 cases...

I feel like if you dont want to be stuck with a black powder arm, you must draw the line before they get to them. Use your own judgement. If you're not a criminal (A REAL criminal, not just some guy who wants to load up some .308AP), then its your right to go right ahead. If a bunch of ninja clad bad guys show up at your home to collect it and arrest and/or kill you for it, then thats tyranny, baby. Concorde. The british are coming, the british are coming. They wear black instead of red nowadays...Resist Enthusiastically! Some Vermin have kevlar hides...Punch through...

"I'll give up my black powder when they pry it from my cold dead fingers?" BAAAAAA....

Have fun with your AP .308's, but keep it low profile, some sheep bleat fast to a plea bargain if it benifits thier family...

Rant off.
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Old February 17, 2002, 05:49 PM   #15
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Per TM 43-0001-27 Ammo Data.PDF...
Shows powder as IMR 4475 41gr
projectile 150.5 gr
I don't reload so I don't have a clue if that is accurate but that is what the TM I downloaded says. Best check it for yourself.

My own thoughts.. If the government doesn't want you to have it, you'd best believe you'll probably need it, now or later.
YMMV
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Old September 21, 2008, 11:19 AM   #16
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No No No

If you follow the powder data for the Ap round, it will say 46 gr max load 42 low for Winchester 748 powder. Do this and the LONGER 30-06 .308 caliber AP round will make a compressed load. Even at 42 gr, that longer bullet is pressing down on the powder. lets just I have seen a semi-auto 308 get a crack in the shell extractor, possible from this.
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Old September 21, 2008, 12:22 PM   #17
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Well you could always just tumble the black tip off and unless they have a magnet and are specifically looking for AP reloads they'd never know the difference.

How hard would it be to just find primed LC brass and reload the ammo with pulled milsurp powder? I've seen AP for sale on the internet (usually like $50/20 rds) that is original stuff. Make your reloads look like original military surplus.

Or you could always just make and hide it in your wall next to the tin foil.
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