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Old January 16th, 2013, 03:17 AM   #1
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Norinco 7.62 NATO

I picked up two 520 round spam cans of Norinco 7.62x51 ammo in paper bundles just as S was hitting the F at the end of December for a nice price.

I have not yet fired it in either of my M14's (yeah, okay, an M14NM and M14SA, Armscorp and LRB respectively - purely Walt commercial). With that said, I understand the paper bundles were a military contract and are corrosive. Being a Mosin shooter, plus having a PSL-54c and Norinco NDM-86 Dragunov, I'm accustomed to cleaning corrosive primers and actually prefer them for storage because they last longer in storage as a general rule over non-corrosive primers (it is not uncommon for Mosin shooters to use 60 year old ammo without failures). This is not the China Sports boxed-ammo but the paper-bundles. Mea culpa: I have not tested the rounds for corrosive response to a metal surface so it is possible they are non-corrosive (the dealer was certain they were, and since they usually try to avoid telling you they are corrosive, I tend to believe him. He said his China Sports ammo was non-corrosive).

I have two questions on this matter:

First, the barrels are USGI, either Springfield or TRW, and are chrome-lined. I know about cleaning the gas port. Might there be anything else to consider after shooting corrosive ammo in this platform? The M1 Garand was a corrosive eater and it did just fine as long as it was cleaned, so I'm fine with that.

Second, how well does the Norinco copper-washed steel cases to in military barrels/chambers? I know the steel is mild steel with no real difference in hardness over the brass and I understand that brass flexes more, etc.

This is essentially academic at present as I still have a quantity of Radway Green and some 1970's OFV M80 ammo.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 05:44 AM   #2
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That sounds like recent import stuff that was in canada this past summer... it must have somehow snuck out of someones stash and walked accross the border ;)

If it is the same stuff, it should be non-corrosive. Many people up here have fired 1000's of rounds of that stuff with no problems.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 06:17 AM   #3
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shoots fine

Not corrosive, shoots clean, same accuracy as the South African surplus in my rifles, 3-4" at 100 yds. Good for shooting rocks in the bush and plinking in the snow (no brass to pick up). Only problem, not that cheap in my opinion.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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So the stuff in the paper-packets is non-corrosive too? I dropped $.030 per round on the stuff in Dec so I feel pretty good about it. I wish I had more Radway Green or some of the DAG I once had.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 11:20 AM   #5
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The Norinco ammo shoots great and if it is recent is non-corrosive. One thing you may want to check with a magnet is whether the bullet has a bi-metallic jacket (copper/steel).

There is some data that steel jacketed rounds may reduce the life of a barrel over thousands of rounds. This may or may not be a factor for you.

I like Norinco ammo better than the Russian ammo.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 01:41 PM   #6
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It's not the best stuff around but it will go bang when you pull the trigger. It's pretty nasty and not at all accurate in any of my four M-14's, three Polytechs and a preban SAI M-1A.

NOTE, I am talking about the old Norinco .308 from back in the early 90s. I still have a decent stash of it put back for really hard times when there's nothing else to run through my M-14's.


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Old January 21st, 2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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That's what I got it for. Got some laginappe today when I found another 20 round box of DAG I had stashed away.

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