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iskra31
06-01-2011, 9:57 AM
Just bought a couple boxes of silver bear to see if it would cycle my AR and it did just fine. This is the zinc plated Russian ammo. It seems to be a little bit better than brown bear which I tried a few weeks ago in a rifle class. Both kinds cycled just find. But I did notice a little difference when I went to clean the rifle. Surprisingly the zinc plated silver bear fired a lot cleaner and wasn't as dirty as the brown bear after 200 rounds. So after testing both I went for the silver bear as my range ammo until I can afford something better.
1000rds @ $225 to my doorstep.
Before you listen to everyone's opinion of anything that's not brass, try it for yourself first.
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mlevans66
06-01-2011, 10:15 AM
I have tried silver bear and it's pretty good ammo. Where did you get that ammo and price from? That's a good price hook a brother up! LOL

iskra31
06-01-2011, 10:17 AM
I got it from http://www.copesdistributing.net.
However, I think they ran out of it because they took it down from their website. The best part is the $10 flat rate shipping. $107/500. Keep checking back they might get more in.

seal20
06-01-2011, 10:45 AM
Goos to know. Does the bullet attract a magnet?

Don29palms
06-01-2011, 10:58 AM
I like Silver Bear ammo for just plinking. It works best out of all the steel ammo in my rifles. The accuracy with it is actually pretty good. Better than other steel ammo I've used.

dieselpower
06-01-2011, 11:08 AM
The only thing I worry about when dealing with BB & SB is squibs. Yes, Brass is better, but I care more about safety than cycling when I go cheap on ammo.

With BB or SB, I don't care if I have poor cycling, I know its ammo related, I don't freak out over the little problems. Its actually good training to have a few malfunctions every couple magazines...LOL

What I will not do is rapid fire more than 3 pulls with BB or SB and I never ignore a FTF and go to Immediate Action. If BB or SB has a stoppage I go straight to Remedial Action and check the spent case I eject, the jammed case & my bore.

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Don29palms
06-01-2011, 11:35 AM
I agree but I haven't had any problems YET!

NorCalK9.com
06-01-2011, 1:24 PM
I love it out of the AK-s

RMTactical
06-01-2011, 2:30 PM
Silver Bear and all the other bear ammo types out there are excellent in my experience. I have shot thousands of rounds of it including but not limited to .223, 7.62x39, 9x19, 9x18, etc...

Much better than Wolf in my experience.

RMTactical
06-01-2011, 2:31 PM
Goos to know. Does the bullet attract a magnet?

I would guess so, as it is a Bi-Metal jacket. Havent tried a magnet though.

odysseus
06-01-2011, 2:33 PM
A review without a range report? How does it shoot out in distance? What kind of groups?

Don29palms
06-01-2011, 3:42 PM
A review without a range report? How does it shoot out in distance? What kind of groups?

I don't have any targets but I can tell you my daughter was shooting Monster Espresso cans at 200yds w/ my 16" GPU AR w/ an EOTech w/ a 7x magnifier.

mlevans66
06-01-2011, 5:04 PM
The only thing I worry about when dealing with BB & SB is squibs. Yes, Brass is better, but I care more about safety than cycling when I go cheap on ammo.

With BB or SB, I don't care if I have poor cycling, I know its ammo related, I don't freak out over the little problems. Its actually good training to have a few malfunctions every couple magazines...LOL

What I will not do is rapid fire more than 3 pulls with BB or SB and I never ignore a FTF and go to Immediate Action. If BB or SB has a stoppage I go straight to Remedial Action and check the spent case I eject, the jammed case & my bore.

aqEQqHIcyxE

I didn't have those problems when I took it out. The silver was waaay better then the brown though. Wasn't grouping just blasting random targets.

IrishPirate
06-01-2011, 5:06 PM
i like Silver Bear. I use the soft point 7.62x54r for hunting with my Mosin. (haven't tagged anything yet, but REALLY want to!!!) it's cheap, accurate, and pretty clean. can't argue with that!!!

Milsurps
06-01-2011, 5:33 PM
Goos to know. Does the bullet attract a magnet?

Yes. Both the FMJ and HP.
Good stuff, runs well in my Mini-14 and AR's too.
No Lacquer or Polymer gook to melt off in the chamber. :D

stix213
06-01-2011, 6:20 PM
Goos to know. Does the bullet attract a magnet?

Yes, there is steel in the bullet's jacket in addition to the steel casing.

Silver/Brown Bear ammo is all I shoot out of my AR-15, and I've never had any issues or even a single failure of any kind.

five.five-six
06-01-2011, 6:23 PM
I have had problems in my 24" AR with it not cycling consistantly, however it works well in all my other ARs

GM4spd
06-01-2011, 7:00 PM
I would love that stuff in my SIG556 but I'm sure the bullets are magnetic
so I cant use it. Pete

iskra31
06-01-2011, 7:54 PM
Exactly! Didn't save any papers, but I went to re zero my Aimpoint at 100 yards and got 3 shots all in a 2" bulleyes. Called it zero and kept plinking. :D

I didn't have those problems when I took it out. The silver was waaay better then the brown though. Wasn't grouping just blasting random targets.