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    Help Identify These Mystery Bullets

    166gr

    steel jacket



    lead core

    7.8x28.2mm

    I've loaded them in my .308, and they shot accurately at 100yds.

    But I can only load them to a max length of 2.730.

    That means I have to seat them all the way to the "hash marks" above the groove (or cannelure?).

    Any idea of their origin?

    Thanks
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    You say steel jacket? That's a copper wash then? They come to .307 with your measurement but steel jacket...?
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    You say steel jacket? That's a copper wash then? They come to .307 with your measurement but steel jacket...?
    yessir....lead core, steel jacket

    Was a challenge to section one yesterday
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    Certainly looks NATO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Certainly look NATO.
    Thanks

    I just had a friend tell me the depth of the cannelure indicates they could have been used in full auto guns since it keeps the bullet from being pushed back.

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    Well, that certainly is one of the uses of a cannelure, that and FMJ would indicate... I have to say though, the jacket still looks like a standard copper/brass jacket by color. Even when expanded, the edge looks copper. Does it stick to a magnet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Well, that certainly is one of the uses of a cannelure, that and FMJ would indicate... I have to say though, the jacket still looks like a standard copper/brass jacket by color. Even when expanded, the edge looks copper. Does it stick to a magnet?
    yessir....sticks hard to a magnet, and I heated it with a butane torch. Lead center melted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc540 View Post
    stickd hard to a magnet,
    So, steel...maybe European cast off bullets? Germanyicon maybe? Used in the G1/G3?
    Regards, Jim

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    Finn 7.62.54r D166 heavy ball
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage hunter View Post
    Finn 7.62.54r D166 heavy ball
    Thanks, but I've yet to find Finnishicon ball in 166gr

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