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Old October 11th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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orange & purple tip tracers

Out of 926 rounds of this 2004 - 2010 disintegrating linked Lake City 7.62x51 I yielded 50 rds or orange tip and 57 rds of purple tip tracers.

I'm sorry if this is redundant. I have stumbled across tracer discussions before but didn't pay attention since I've never had any.

1) What is the diff between the orange and purple tip?

2) What might these be worth on their own

3) Can anyone tell me about the other 800+ rds of standard Lake City ?

Pain in the @$$ to delink .

Thanks all.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:37 PM   #2
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Look on youtube, there is a video making a tool with wood and nails that works great for delinking a lot of rounds at a time.

Orange are standard tracers.

If I recall correctly, Purple are the dim tracers. I don't have my little ammo book handy to verify right now though.

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Old October 11th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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Purple are the Infra red tracers.

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Old October 12th, 2012, 08:46 AM   #4
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The Violet tipped tracers are M276 Dim Tracers, to be
used by soldiers equipped with night vision equipment. They are relatively common although you'll often see them on the auction sites at ridiculous prices. There's something about colored tips that make guys want to pay more than they are worth.

The Orange tips are standard M62 Delayed Tracer.

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Old October 14th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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There's something about colored tips that make guys want to pay more than they are worth.
So what IS fair market for these?

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Old October 14th, 2012, 09:34 AM   #6
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That's a loaded question and any answer I give is sure to offend someone. I have seen guys asking as much as $30 for one round and as little as $20 for a full carton of 20. If it's against the law to own them where you live (such as CA), or there are no safe places to shoot them, they can be worth very little. Only you can decide.

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Old October 14th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #7
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That's a loaded question and any answer I give is sure to offend someone. I have seen guys asking as much as $30 for one round and as little as $20 for a full carton of 20. If it's against the law to own them where you live (such as CA), or there are no safe places to shoot them, they can be worth very little. Only you can decide.


Uuuuuuh. Excuse me? So would that be for orange or purple? Price dif?

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Old October 14th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #8
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Look on youtube, there is a video making a tool with wood and nails that works great for delinking a lot of rounds at a time.
I looked at various techniques on You Tube. So far no one shows any process as good as what I am doing. In fact there are some pretty goofy laborious techniques folks have come up with.

If you have a link to the specific (nails & wood) video you were talking about I'd love to see it. Thanks.

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Uuuuuuh. Excuse me? So would that be for orange or purple? Price dif?
That's for the Violet tipped M276 Dim Tracer. The Orange tipped M62 are only slightly more rare than dirt or a stick, and should not bring any premium over what a normal "shooting' round will bring. But, those colored tips turn some guys crazy.

But, again, that's just my own personal opinion. If you find one of the crazy guys, you've hit the lottery.

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Old October 15th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #10
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That's for the Violet tipped M276 Dim Tracer.
Hey Ray, But WHY? I mean ya need night vision to see em and that would mean they are only good for night time shooting fun. What a rare prospective buyer.

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Old October 15th, 2012, 10:13 AM   #11
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I'd say that a buyer who would pay $30 for one cartridge is rare, but the ones who would pay $20 per each seem to be common. The ironic part is that there are color tipped cartridges that are actually hard to find and yet I have bought them for a buck or two. All it takes is patience.

Here's a few of the 7.62mm NATO color tips. The top photo are all Dim Tracers (except the three on the far right).

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