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For Your Amusement…
Yeah, we did it again—another multi-state 1,800-mile move, this time relocating the entire GunBums base of operations. That meant not only moving the outfit’s corporate ordnance pile, but my own guns and ammo, referred to by hysterical hoplophobic newspersons as “a ‘NARSENAL!!!”
When laid out and arranged for transport weight distribution, my personal ammo measured 20 by 7 feet, 14 to 17 inches deep, double-stacking .30-cal and .50-cal ammo cans. Don’t ask me what it weighed.
“Got enough ammo?” asked one of the younger crew. “The only time ya got too much ammo,” I replied, “Is when you’re tryin’ to swim with it.”
The last boxes loaded in were oddities—small lots, irregular ammo, samples. A few guys said they were unfamiliar with certain items, and I thought you might be too. I’m happy to share….
German DAG 7.62×51 training ammo is great for
sharpening snap-shooting skills.
The “German Blue” rounds are the current issue DAG—Dynamit Nobel— 7.62x51mm training rounds of the German Army. Formerly scarce, they’re now coming into the US frequently to online merchants like Widener’s. They usually run about $120 per thousand. I got my last supply from United Nations Ammo Company: 2,000 rounds for around $220.
These are not blanks or grenade-launching rounds. They’re training rounds, and though limited in range and accuracy compared to FMJ war-shots, they’ll kill you deader’n bratwurst. Accurate to 2 to 3 MOA at 100 yards, they remain acceptably accurate and capable of inflicting damage at 300 meters.
The case head is metal for pressure management and sure extraction, the body is plastic, and the 10-grain slug is plastic too. They don’t generate enough energy to cycle the actions of most semi-autos, so hand-cycle them. Don’t underestimate them. Depending on your rifle and barrel length, initial velocities run 3,500 to a screamin’ 4,700 feet per second!
I haven’t had any problems with gas system or rifling fouling, and never even heard of a dud or squib stuck in the barrel.
I use ’em to teach and practice snap-shooting, getting off fast, accurate single shots from walking/stalking, standing, quickly kneeling or going prone, with both semi-autos and bolt rifles, at enormous savings. They’re cheaper and a heck of a lot better for the purpose than the cheapest conventional .308/7.62x51mm ammo. Whether you’re a meat hunter or tactical shooter, the trophy of your life, or the shot that will save your life, will often be that snap-shot.
Great Green Goop
Check the .45 rounds with the green sorta marbleized slugs. That’s a dry, smooth lube developed by J&M Specialty Products P/L of Australia, used by Bayou Bullets to coat their cast lead slugs. I just got onto ’em recently. The non-toxic coating completely encapsulates the slugs and they virtually eliminate smoke and lead fouling.
To top it off, they keep your reloading dies clean and schmutz-free and run smoothly through automatic slug feeders, leaving no residue. This stuff is great, and you can also buy the goop from Bayou Bullets to coat your own slugs. I don’t, because Bayou’s slugs are excellent and competitively priced.
These pretty green slugs bear a unique, no-mess dry lube from Bayou Bullets.
A Bulgarian Surprise
New to America, 7.62x39mm ammo from Arsenal-Bulgaria comes as a big surprise. This is high-quality, low-priced, reloadable boxer-primed, brass-cased non-corrosive 122-grain FMJ ammo designed specifically for US consumers. The factory is state-of-the-art, with high quality control.
This ammo has all the right features: Primers and case mouths are sealed, but primer pockets aren’t crimped, making for easier reloading. Case necks are properly annealed. Slugs are non-magnetic and brass-jacketed. Consistency in materials and dimensions is excellent. It meets all SAAMI, CIP and NATO specs.
In my iron-sighted “battlefield pickup” AK it shot 3 MOA at 100 yards, but my buddy Paul H, using his scoped and accurized Mini-30 did far better. Taking boxes of Lapua, Arsenal-Bulgaria and another famous brand to the range, he shot consistent groups of about 1 MOA at 100 with Arsenal and the much more expensive Lapua, while the third type, also more expensive, shot 5 and 6 inches.
Great stuff! A 20-round box lists for $14.99 and a case of 400 rounds for $260. For quality reloadable 7.62×39, that’s fine. Next up comes their 7.62x51mm, 5.56mm and 9mm Parabellum.
X-Ring rubber bullets provide poppin’ fun for pennies!
I had almost forgotten about reusable X-Ring rubber bullets until visiting my cousin MacKenzie last month. His number-one field artillery piece is a .45-70 Marlin Guide Gun. He tends to hang out in country featuring large irritable bears in dense forest, so keeping his snap-shooting skills honed fine is sorta important to him. He does it—often indoors—with .45-caliber X-Ring rubber slugs.
Available from many sources including Midway USA, they come in .38/9mm, .44 and .45. I had used them in .38 Special long ago, and a friend used them to train with his .44 Special Bulldogs, but I hadn’t even thought of using them in a .45-70 rifle. They work great! And you sure can’t beat the savings over live .45-70 rounds! A box of 50 in .45 is $14.29 and you can reuse them dozens or hundreds of times.
Seated in a sized, primed case, they are propelled by the primer only (if shooting indoors, use lead-free primers) and pretty dang accurate at short range. They’re not for horseplay among morons or poppin’ the family cat, and the report is like a loud handclap. They’re great training aids, and a good backstop can be made from a scrap of carpet.
You might dedicate one box of empty cartridges to them, and to prevent primer backout in revolvers, ream the flash holes a bit larger. Putting a slight crimp in the case mouth will help hold the hollowbase rubber slugs in place if you’re going to cycle them through a tubular magazine like the Marlin’s. You won’t have to resize your cartridges between uses.
Hungarian-made MFS ammo is low cost but high quality.
“It Ain’t Goulash”
Finally, a recommendation for Hungarian-made MFS zinc-plated steel-cased ammunition: This stuff too is coming into the country in greater amounts lately, and if you’re looking for low cost but smooth-functioning, very accurate ammo, you should check it out.
With much of the lacquer and polymer-coated steel cased ammo on the market, hot chambers will be left with a tacky residue, which bogs down function and is a pain to clean. These zinc-plated cartridges feed really slick, leaving no residue. Primers are non-corrosive, the powder burns clean, and the FMJ slugs are lead-core, flat base.
I first tried MFS ammo in 9mm a few months ago, test-shooting a new Kel-Tec Sub-2000 folding carbine. She choked on some factory 124-grain and 115-grain commercial “remanufactured” stuff, erratically failing to feed, extract and eject and spat rounds into “minute of pie plate” patterns.
My son loaded up some 33-round Glock mags with his MFS 115-grain FMJs. The little beast chirped happily, and ran like a clock. To say the Sub-2000’s sights are “rudimentary” would be kind, but I shot one group of 15 rounds at 15 meters offhand with 14 touching and one a 1/2-inch out, with similar groups at greater distances. Function was perfect. Later, shooting 145-grain .308 MFS ball in his Primary Weapons Systems Mark 216 rifle, it shot around 1 MOA, right up there with the best loads. The boy just smiled.
“It ain’t goulash, Dad,” he smirked. Happy shooting! John Connor