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Thread: Are you allowed to fire military surplus ammo in the range ?

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    Are you allowed to fire military surplus ammo in the range ?

    I heard somewhere that because its steel-core its prohibited in the range is that true ?

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    I don't have any issues firing it at my local ranges.
    I would check with the ranges you attend to make sure it is not one of there rules.

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    Steel core is bad for most indoor ranges as it will punch through the backstop...
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    There are signs on the door to the rifle range that say no steel core or jacketed ammo in the range is allowed.
    That 7.62 x 39 ammo that you can buy for $199/1120 rounds is steel cored and punches through the backstop. It also causes sparks and once this started a fire in the rifle bay-- almost burned the place down.
    Outdoor ranges are usually ok to use this ammo at, but not indoor ones.
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    do you know anything about the shooting edge ?

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    The Shooting Edge was the one with the fire.. its a no go at indoor ranges..
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    Surplus is fine at TSE as long as the bullets aren't steel core.

    Use a magnet. If it sticks, the bullets are a no go.

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    Plenty of American ranges ban steel bullets because supposedly the sparks their ricochets make cause grass fires.
    More guns than I need , too broke to buy more and too reluctant to sell what I'll never shoot.

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    The biggest issue is damage to the (expensive and very important) backstop. As stated, as long as you cannot stick a magnet to your bullets we will let you shoot it in the range.

    If you are unsure simply ask any staff member and we'd gladly check your ammo for you.
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    Steel core or steel jacket? A magnet will pick up either, and you won't know which you have. There are softpoint bullets which use plated steel jackets. Can't see that a steel jacket would be any harder on a backstop than a guilding metal one.

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