blue plastic 308 german practice ammo
I just got a few boxes of this ammo. It;s new/ Will it operate semi??
The 10 grain bullet is going at 4,700 fps. This is not cardboard box ammo at screaming speed. Should be good in my win 70 carbine.
ANNYONE TRIED THIS STUFF ??????????????
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There was no has-Mat charges and freight under 6 bucks on 1,000 rds.
05-22-2009 12:48 AM
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I know that with the HK G3 style rifles you need a special, lighter bolt/carrier assembly for it to cycle correctly, since it's underpowered. I haven't tried any of this myself, but I would suspect you may have issues with reliable semi operation. It would be interesting to run a test and see how it runs.
I have made two trips out to the range with the blue plastic ammo.
It needs a quick firing pin, fast, just being strong hit will not work.
My Isapore Smle needs a new spring, would fail to fire.
Success with a Remington 700 adl short action. Started shooting at plastic bottles and soda can, 20 yards and tried a shot at a 2x4.
It almost cut the soda can in half. The 2x4 just passed threw one board, found 20 gr projectile, it was expanded to a nickle size.
I then went to 100 yards, no rest just elbows. It was holding a 4 inch group.
I could have done better. I just used the sights that were set for my hunting loads.
Next time I will take a M1A and several operating springs.
This ammo surely blows things up, 4,600 to 4,700 feet per second.The barrel don't even get warm....
I did a review of this ammo and the G3 training bolt on HK Pro last winter. Here it is.
The blue German surplus training ammo is back on the shelves these day’s [Currently available at Dan’s Ammo Dan's Sporting Goods Home Page ] and for those who have never tried it I thought I would shoot some and see what kind of fun could be had.
Dan also has, the very necessary, G3 training bolt and carrier that is designed to operate with this ammunition. It's available only as a package deal at $299.00 for the bolt and 1000 round case of training ammo. I asked Dan about it when ordering and he said he had no problems having the rifle cycle with it and had even run it in a full auto sear gun. I have always liked the idea of the training stuff for plinking or working with new shooters, on account of its low recoil. It represents an area of surplus rifle and accessory collecting that adds to the fun of shooting historic battle rifles. The G3 22 conversion kit ranks right up there too.
See my review here H&K .22 cal G3 conversion kit - HKPRO Forums .
In recent years there have been a few types of surplus training rounds on the market. Not all of it great. Some may remember the Swedish 9mm training ammo with the steel bb that was made for sub gun training and used a special barrel. It didn’t seem to offer much plinking fun for handgun shooters because many reported its failure to cycle autos (no surprise) as well as barrel damage from the steel BB bouncing down the barrel. Also on and off the market in the past 4 years has been some 7.62 54R hollow-core training rounds to shoot in Mosins and such. These cartridges had a standard steel case with a lightweight hollow jacketed projectile. I never took one apart to weigh it but it took all the bite out of the M-38 and would still shoot flat at 50- 75 yards ( less so at 100). I would frequently hand out boxes of this stuff at the range when I saw a Parent and child suffering the blast of heavy ball. The kids were always happy. I’m also reminded of the recent Lapua 7.62x39 wood bullet rounds, though that stuff doesn’t really count as it was considered a blank and not a training round.
The blue plastic 7.62 x51 training ammo has been on the market before and is now surfacing again. (It just goes to show you how importers have to try to scratch the consumer’s ammo itch with whatever they can get). It’s unclear if it is newly imported or someone decided that the time and price were right to push it back out to the market again.
If you see these rounds unboxed they look like dummies made of blue plastic. They are not. This is potentially lethal ammunition. As advertised, it is manufactured by Deutsche Angestellten Gewerkschaft (DAG), of Germany. Each round consists of blue molded case w/ projectile, stick powder and a primed steel case head finishing it off. It appears that the projectile and case are molded in one operation, the powder dropped in and then capped with the primed base. In the process of firing the projectile is literally shot off the 6 sprues and thin web of plastic connecting it to the blue cartridge case.
Prior reports of these training rounds clocked it in the 3400 fps range. Many shooters have noted intermittent extraction issues and after a thorough look at the components I can see why. The DAG trainers have a smaller diameter rim.
Dag training round Case head diameter; 11.31mm (.445 in)
7.62.51 Case head diameter 11.92 mm (.469 in)
The case head diameter of the training ammo is approximately .61 mm less than a standard 7.62 NATO round. Correspondingly the bolt face of the training bolt is reduced to accept the training round and seemingly prevent a fully blown 7.62 NATO round from getting close to the firing pin. The slight difference in case head diameter may have a small amount to do with extraction issues in rifles with un-modified bolt designs.
The Training bolt is an equal part of the equation in making this ammo function and cycle reliably. Lets take a look at it. The one I received was manufactured by Rheinmetall and is marked Üb . The Ümlaut stands for Übungsmunition or practice ammunition. I am tempted just to call it the Ümlaut bolt……. So be it.
The Ümlaut bolt is quite different from a standard G3 bolt and carrier. The most obvious difference is it’s mass and bolt head.
Üb Ümlaut Bolt and carrier; 586 g
Standard G3 Bolt and carrier; 754 g
Üb Umlaut Bolt face diameter; 11.61 mm ( .457 in)
Standard G3 Bolt face diameter; 12.7 mm ( .474 in)
It is a fairly skeletonized version of the std. carrier with small wings extending on the sides to guide it against the receiver rails.
This unit operates as a straight blowback affair using only the recoil spring of the buttstock to lock it closed. With no need for locking into the trunion there are no rollers or locking piece. The firing pin and spring are housed in the bolt and carrier but the design does not permit detail stripping in the normal fashion. In fact I was at a loss to see how difficult or easy further disassembly is going to be (no manual is included). It appears there may be a pin that, with removal, will allow the bolt head to come off the front. I have not attempted this yet.
For installation, no more is required than to sub the Ümlaut bolt and carrier for the standard and then reassemble. The manual of arms does not change. Charging is now effortless because you are no longer unlocking the bolt when using the charging handle. Whether or not a user could get this ammunition to cycle in a rifle by removing the rollers from a standard bolt/carrier remains to be seen. It does not sound like an ideal practice given the weight difference and that the bolt head would be flopping around on the locking piece during cycling.
Frequent HK shooters may share the slight feeling of trepidation in the back of my mind as I prepared to fire this with an unlocked breech. Of course the engineers have worked out all the calculations, I know. It’s just something that, up till now, would have been considered by me as an unnatural act for roller locking rifle.
Set up at the 50-yard line with the diopter at 200M. I put one round in a mag, charged it and squeezed. BLAM! Ch Chunk! The report was normal and the “Ch Chunk” was the feel of the carrier flopping back and forth. The impact was right where it should have been. There was some muzzle blast but no recoil whatsoever. Just the cycling of that Ümlaut bolt as if it were running on supply of compressed air. (I guess it is in a way). There was positive ejection to 2 o’clock. Only 10 or 12 feet, as opposed to the normal 25’. I put three more blue cartridges in a 5 round CETME mag and had a FTFeed on the third round. The CETME 5 rounder was little loose in the well and the bolt smashed a training round. There were no failures of any kind using G3 mags loaded with 10 rounds for the rest of 100 rounds. The dwell time on the bolt was not slow enough to prevent rapid or firing with a quick cadence.
There were several other shooters at the Racine range that day including a Presidents 100 winner. They all tried all least 10 rounds and were giggling like kids after they fired it. It was a pretty windy day and the ambient temp was close to freezing. I was not expecting much down range but was pleasantly surprised how flat it shot at 100, especially on a day like that. The “tips” all broke through paper and cardboard to be found laying on the sand berm behind the target.
While not “match” practice ammo it was more than any of the shooters expected from plastic bullets. These 100 yard targets (8” shoot n see) were from the best shooters there. On a calm day I would expect this spread to settle down.
Soda cans would be great reactive target, as the little pill will waste all it’s energy busting them up.
Clean up was a breeze. The powder is very clean burning and 100 rounds of residue wiped right off with some Kroil and patches. Some may speculate about plastic residue in the bore or flutes. I can say I noticed no visible fouling or residue. The thermoplastic case would have to have excellent heat resistance for this application. Considering all the other engineering in this product it is no surprise that it stands up in this area as well. Some bore-foam and snake was all it took to make it mirror clean.
So the DAG Übungsmunition and the Üb training bolt were a hit with me. While this ammunition will likely be limited to single shot use in most 7.62 rifles, if you have a G3/HK91 or PTR 91 you may find the Bolt/Ammo combo to be an interesting addition to your kit and ammo pile. The current availability of the Ümlaut Bolt and carrier from Dan’s makes the whole proposition make sense.
Thank You to Rotor For This Useful Post:
I got mine at Weidners. Bolt gun got 4 in groups on a windy day........
The Boxer primed cases might just work for shotshell loads after trimming in a 45 acp also.
DAG Blue plastic ammo in Ishapore and FR-8
Got a couple hundred rounds of this stuff to see how it worked in my fr-8..
works great, better then I thought. So I got an Ishapore .308. Because
the FR-8 will not accept a scope mount without grinding off the rear sight -
In that I am right 'eyed' but have lost part of the sight in my right eye ; I
put high scope mounts on my rifles and lay my cheek down on the stock and
use my left eye..It is either that or shoot lefty (no offense to those of you
that naturally use your sinister side So anyway B-square among others
make non drill scope mounts for these guns, and I think this ammo will be
accurate enough to make it worth a red dot, or maybe a 4ish power scope
on the gun.
The ammo fires and loads GREAT in the FR-8, feeds fine, not extraction problems, accurate in the 100' range I have set up in my back yard - in
that 100' is about as far as i am comfortable with at my age and eyesight
it works for me..Now with the Ishapore I had a couple of problems extracting.
I assume this is due to the Enfield extractor being a bit less agressive
then the Mauser. However the longer barrel on the Indian gun really
DID give the bullets a bit more zip when they reached the target..This ammo
is NOT gallery ammo, it makes as much noise as a .38 or 9mm handgun.
It also - as has been said before - packs a lethal punch... I have shot through 5 sheets of metal roofing and the bullet still lodged 1" into the
maple backstop. I tried digging one of these bullets out of my maple backstop, but gave up.
So if you have a bolt action military .308 and want some fairly inexpensive
target ammo, that is really FUN to shoot..I would strongly suggest you pick
up a few hundred, or several hundred rounds...
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