Steel Ammo?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Bioman, May 3, 2009.

  1. Bioman

    Bioman New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    30
    I understand that metal shelled ammo, the type you often see coming from Eastern Bloc Countries is a reloading no-no. Recently I picked up some surplus 7.62 by 54R ammo. It is brass colored instead of the flat grey/green I associate with steel ammo. Does steel ammo sometimes come brass or copper plated? How would you determine if it is solid brass?:confused:
  2. GMFWoodchuck

    GMFWoodchuck New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Messages:
    1,369
    Location:
    Binghamton, NY
  3. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2008
    Messages:
    2,541
    Location:
    Ohio
    A magnet. I don't think that brass will be attracted to a magnet but probably one of our metalurgist/engineer or physics guys can help.
  4. flannelman

    flannelman New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2006
    Messages:
    1,176
    Location:
    Rural Arkansas. But isn't all of Arkansas rural?
    No brass would not be attracted to a magnet. Brass is non-ferrous.
  5. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    I have just been doing that very thing, but with a compass. If it brass, the needle stays steady, if it steel, it moves and I throw it away (Not the compass).

    Oddly while most steel cases are easy to spot, they are grey and lacquered, some are not. I have found I have some 9mm cases that are almost a brass colour but are steel and have a pink tinge.
  6. Lunicy

    Lunicy New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    16
    Magnets won't stick to brass. Will stick to plated steel.

    They do make "brass colored" steel cases. They call it a copper wash.

    The ammo you have is most likely copper washed steel (I have tons of it.)

    It isn't good to reload and is berdan primed to boot.
    (That's not to say it cant be done. But not worth it.)

    Is it wolf, that's certainly copper washed steel.
  7. Bioman

    Bioman New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    30
    Overlooked the obvious, will try the magnet as suggested. :eek: No idea who made ammo, was in plain bown wrapper packaging.
  8. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    In 20s maybe? sounds Russian...

    Ok many years ago before the fall of the USSR we got hold of Russian ammo. I was at an indoor range where we were testing 9mm Mak. So someone says 'try not to breath in the fumes, we believe they are carcinogenic, causes cancer. Ever tried shooting while holding your breath?
    Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2009
  9. 312shooter

    312shooter Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,274
    Location:
    Las Vegas NV
    When you happen to find the brass then start looking for boxer primed brass - virtually impossible. Look inside the casings and you'll see two flash holes which is berdan primed - too much of a pain in the A** for reloading.
  10. Haligan

    Haligan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,067
    Location:
    FEMA Region II

    LOL, I just thought that was funny that you felt it necessary to clarify what you throw away.
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The Ammo & Reloading Forum TulaAmmo steel case 7.62x39 issue Jul 27, 2014
The Ammo & Reloading Forum available - some steel core 7.62 x 39 ammo Mar 18, 2013
The Ammo & Reloading Forum tula brassmax ammo / tula steel ammo Feb 5, 2013
The Ammo & Reloading Forum Field Test Brass vs Steel Case ammo Jan 17, 2013
The Ammo & Reloading Forum unsupported chambers and steel cased ammo vs brass Jun 19, 2012

Share This Page