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sd_shooter
11-07-2009, 6:45 AM
Anyone know what the jacket material is on the surplus Russian 5.45x39?

Like this:

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/Russian_5.45x39_FMJ.html

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/a545x39.jpg


Surplus Russian 5.45x39 ammunition. Features a Steel core 53grn full copper plated steel jacketed bullet, lacquer coated steel case, and berdan primer.


Won't the steel jacket wear out a barrel pretty fast?

G-Man WC
11-07-2009, 7:43 AM
I'd like to shoot enough to wear out a barrel. Not sure on this one.
Did you order it yet? I was looking in to this offer also. -g

Timberland
11-07-2009, 8:09 AM
"Copper Plating" steel never touches barrell, plus its a soft steel. Do you own a full auto? If not chances are you wont burn out that barrell.

B Strong
11-07-2009, 8:21 AM
Anyone know what the jacket material is on the surplus Russian 5.45x39?

Like this:

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/Russian_5.45x39_FMJ.html

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/a545x39.jpg



Won't the steel jacket wear out a barrel pretty fast?

Better to be concerned about it's corrosive qualities than possible barrel wear.

Short answer, steel jacketed slugs will not wear out a barrel quicker than copper jacketed slugs.

The steel used in the jacket is mild steel, much softer than the barrel steel.

God Bless The Mauser
11-07-2009, 1:20 PM
It's an AK, steel jacketed ammo won't hurt it at all.

socomIInato
11-07-2009, 2:24 PM
Better to be concerned about it's corrosive qualities than possible barrel wear.

Short answer, steel jacketed slugs will not wear out a barrel quicker than copper jacketed slugs.

The steel used in the jacket is mild steel, much softer than the barrel steel.

that spam can looks familiar!:cool:

Mezcalfud
11-07-2009, 3:17 PM
I'd like to shoot enough to wear out a barrel. Not sure on this one.
Did you order it yet? I was looking in to this offer also. -g

J&G is cheaper if you buy 2 and shipping is less. (at least it was to SD).

I have used this in a ak and now a S&W ar barrel and no real wear on either. I love it, cheap and available.