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Old 01-13-2023, 11:36 PM
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Default Chinese 7.62 steel core - what's it worth?

Long story short- A friend opened a spam can and now I found myself with hundreds of paper wrapped cartridges on stripper clips. I know it's steel core, but I have no idea what it's worth to sell or trade. I understand it's rare given the import ban and its composition.

I am not interested in keeping it.

I can provide headstamp or the Chinese script on the cardboard packer if it's relevant.

Thank you for any info-
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Old 01-14-2023, 4:28 AM
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7.62x39 as ammo is not rare. Banned Chinese imported ammo is rare only because you cannot easily buy it cheaply anymore. Websites will show you whether the ammo you have is corrosive or not by the headstamp.

It's like a run of the mill 91/30 rifle. They were dirt cheap and plentiful. They are still plentiful in the world but not cheap anymore because they can no longer flood the US market. The rifle still has value as a fun range toy.

As for the ammo:

Just shoot it and make sure you clean your gun.
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Old 01-14-2023, 4:31 AM
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x39 or x51??

Probably 40 to 50 cents a round after a little searching if x39. Maybe a little more for x51. Most ranges do not allow steel core so there is that to contend with as well.
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Old 01-14-2023, 7:59 AM
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Originally Posted by rsrocket1 View Post
Just shoot it and make sure you clean your gun.
I have no interest in keeping it.

[QUOTE=Tommy Gun;27577671]x39 or x51??/QUOTE]

7.62x39 - here is what it looks like.

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Old 01-15-2023, 8:09 AM
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Most ranges won’t let you shoot steel core at their targets.

Honestly, it’s worth what someone is willing to pay/trade. I’d say start at around 40c/ea if you really want to entice someone, drop that to under 30c/ea.
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Old 01-16-2023, 10:46 AM
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Worth no more than any other. It’s mythical because it was banned, not because it’s good.
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Old 01-25-2023, 8:52 AM
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I would save it for shtf. The Chinese steel core does have a pretty tough steel core. If I would have known, then what I do now I would have bought more of it and saved some of it.
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Old 01-28-2023, 8:38 PM
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As Corbin Dallas mentioned, most ranges don't allow it and I believe it's no bueno for BLM target areas. However, Burro Canyon used to allow it only if it's raining or right after. But on their new website it's not allowed due to fire restrictions. Probably call them if your interested.

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