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YouTube: VIDEO: mainejunker: GEL TEST: 7.62×39 Brown Bear Hollow Point expansion

August 27, 2013

YouTube: VIDEO: mainejunker: GEL TEST: 7.62×39 Brown Bear Hollow Point expansion

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JasonC August 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

All of these east block “SP” and “HP” rounds are steel form bullets partially filled with lead, with just a copper wash to avoid barrel wear. The steel form does not deform like a softer copper bullet would. That is the reason behind the results you see.

Note, some new buyers get deeply confused by the question of the steel *cases* these rounds also use, but that is irrelevant to this issue. The real issue is that the bullet – the actual projectile – is not a copper jacket around a lead bullet, but is lead poured into a steel mold.

The most one can expect from this design of round is that it may tumble in the target, not that it is actually going to expand, as “real” SP or HP hunting rounds reliably do.

Unfortunately, all the western made true SP and HP ammo in this caliber, suitable for hunting, costs 4-5 times as much per round as the east bloc manufactured item.

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