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November 6, 2008, 01:08 PM
I have come into some salvaged (ie. pulled) mil-surp projectiles. They are .311" diameter, weigh 174gns, FMJ boat-tail with exposed lead on base, there is a crimping groove & the tips are painted yellow. I'm pretty sure they're from .303 British, what does the yellow tip signify?

November 6, 2008, 01:13 PM
Armor piercing

November 6, 2008, 01:15 PM
I just intend using them for target shooting. being AP shouldn't have any adverse effects should it? Do they still have a regular copper jacket?

November 6, 2008, 01:35 PM
From what I understand they may be a little harder on the bore than regular full metal jackets but don't quote me on that one JMO. Work great on gators though:D

November 6, 2008, 01:44 PM
They may actually be pulled 7.62x54R Type "D" (Heavy) ball bullets, originally loaded for the East Bloc PK/PKM machine guns; these have a full lead core and a yellow tip code, but if there's a nose filler of wood, paper or aluminium, they should be .303. I can't remember any Western manufacturers using that colour as an identifier in .30-cal ammo.

November 6, 2008, 02:31 PM
as a 03 FFL it seems I can not sell or transfer to another these rounds, but it does seem I can purchase them.

November 6, 2008, 02:35 PM
Thanks for the replies, guys. From further information it does seem that they're from the 'heavy' 7.62x54R ammo. I just bought 860 of them for a little over $5/100 shipped.

November 6, 2008, 02:52 PM
Well once I figure out if I can legally purchase and own them or not for sure as a C&R FFL I would be interested in buying a few off of you. Not sure I would want 860, but I would be willing to pay more than $5/100 also.

December 18, 2008, 09:55 PM
Armor piercing rifle ammo is not restricted, unless your state has some wacky rules.
They are most likely Bulgarian 7.62x54 bullets. I bought two cases of this ammo two years ago. $44 for a spam can of 440 rounds. I still have some in fact.
The bullets are exactly as you describe.

the rifleer
December 20, 2008, 11:46 AM
sounds exactly like Bulgarian heavy ball 7.62x54r.

James K
March 16, 2010, 04:34 PM
They are Russian (East bloc) heavy ball. FWIW, I have no record of any British .303 bullets with a yellow tip. British AP has a green primer annulus; the tip is unmarked.