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    I found some stuff tucked away in my shop. comes un a grayish cardboard 15 loose rounds per box. headstamped 7.9/1954. Sats " cartouchos ss cal 7.9mm. on the end of box is a crest with an eaglr on top and the words " ejercito equatoriamo". is it from Equador ?? I hope it is good. i have a lot of it. very clean and shiny, looks good. will shoot some soon. Do not remember buying it but it must have been cheap, as i have a bunch of it.
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    Re: 8mm question

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuadorian_Army

    This may help.
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      thank you, kind sir.took some to the range, ut all went bang, nice big flash. shot an old bowling ball to pieces. kicks hard. fired 20 rounds. What a joy, and corrosive.
      God,grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference.

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        Re: 8mm question

        You are lucky that you found some 8mm (hopefully bought cheap) as it is increasingly hard to find this stuff. I still have my stockpile of 8mm bought about 10 years ago - Turkish and Romanian bought at around 6 cents per round.

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          I bought all I could find for awhile, turk stuff in big weeden cases, Romanian in flat weeden cases. I new it was getting scarce because some folks were selling by the bandolier. Probably paid about the same as you. I know it was cheap as I brought it home by the truck load for some time. Got a lot of Mausers and I love to shoot them all, so I needed a big stash, too.
          God,grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference.

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            Re: 8mm question

            I bought 320 rounds on stripper clips and in bandoleers from AIM over ten years ago. I added to it for a total of 400 rounds.

            It's all corrosive so I'm saving it for worse times. I think mine was Turk too.
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              Been shooting mostly turk as I have a lot of it. Have a VZ24 and K98 that are my favorite shooters and have really smooth actions. Got an Argentine that is most accurate but it's a safe Queen only takes an extra minute to clean the corrosive stuff, but the trade off is worth it. Really fun to shoot. Decided to save the Romanian , Yugo and German stuff until the turk is gone, in about 20 years!!
              God,grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                Originally posted by GOODOLDGUY View Post
                Been shooting mostly turk as I have a lot of it. Have a VZ24 and K98 that are my favorite shooters and have really smooth actions. Got an Argentine that is most accurate but it's a safe Queen only takes an extra minute to clean the corrosive stuff, but the trade off is worth it. Really fun to shoot. Decided to save the Romanian , Yugo and German stuff until the turk is gone, in about 20 years!!

                I've got the Romanian and Yugo Spam cans stashed for hard times. The Turk stuff? I'm pretty much trying to shoot it all up in the next 10 years or so. I might can get there, if I work at it a bit harder than I have been lately.



                When Century was selling that Turk stuff for about $0.06/round, I couldn't pass it up, every time it went on sale. I've still got probably 5k or better of it.

                Headstamps on it range from 1938 to 1948, and I'm trying to get the '38 used up first, and go from there. I get about a 1/25 FTF rate with the '38 stuff, so it's about 96% reliable, so far. (The '38 and earlier is the stuff on nickle strippers in blue bandoleers. '39 and later came on brass strippers in OD bandoleers. FWIW, the nickle plated strippers are much better than the brass ones, for whatever that matters.....Minor thing, but there it is.)

                The Yugo heavy ball is much better in the short Mausers. I keep that for the K98k's and M48's and whatnot of the carbine variety. They like that 198g stuff. The long barreled ones prefer the light ball, to my experience.

                The Romanian spam canned stuff is light ball, and I've only ever opened one of them. It shot at least as reliably as the Turk stuff does, so I'm keeping the rest of it canned up for hard times.

                I wish I'd have bought three times as much of all of it, at least. (Along with a lot of other ammo. I've got plenty, but as I've noted, as long as you aren't caving your flooring in, there cannot be too much.)

                Last edited by jefferson101; October 30th, 2012, 20:31.
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