The mythical 8m3 bullet has been a scarce commodity, because, it’s a 7.62X39 round that actually expands upon impact. Now Tula is mass producing the bullet for service with it’s steel case ammo. Up until this point, the crappy hollow points from Tula and Wolf have been pretty worthless. For all practical purposes, they were no different from the fmj rounds, except that they seemed to be slightly less accurate.
All that changes with the re-introduction of the 8m3. The Firearms Blog explains the significance of this development:
[quote_box_center]There are a great number of “hollow point” loads available in 7.62x39mm from the various Russian brands but, with very few exceptions, these projectiles behave exactly like full metal jacket in tissue. There are a few American loads that have excellent terminal performance, but these are far more expensive.There are Russian 124 gr and 154 gr soft points available, and these do generally tend to expand well, but they are not reliable and some users have reported feeding problems with soft points. What’s worse, Russian ammo makers seem to change components more often than Bruce Jenner changes his mind. You never really know what projectile will be loaded in the ammunition you buy, unless it is actually labeled with the specific projectile design, like Western ammo.
That’s where the 8M3 “effect” bullet from Ulyanovsk comes in. Loads made using this hollow point bullet with internal scoring on the jacket developed a formidable reputation for brutal terminal performance. Unfortunately, the last lots using this bullet were imported over a decade ago. Russian ammo makers switch components at will and without notice so there are endless rumors that a particular lot of Tula or Silver Bear is being loaded the the 8M3 bullet, but these rumors never seem to pan out.[/quote_box_center]
Now Tula is making what appears to be real deal 8m3 ammo. Testing thus far proves the brutality of this stuff:
Now you can practice with the same ammo you use for self-defense or hunting. Not that there’s a ton of people hunting with the 7.62X39 chambered rifles, but now, an effective cheap survival weapon has an equally affordable survival bullet to go with it.
That $300 Yugo SKS just got a heck of a lot more attractive!
I have a Norinco SKS made in America. I use this rife all the time for hunting deer with and it has never let me down. It is dead on accurate at 100 yards in shooting 1 1/2 inches groups. I do have a scope on it that may be the difference.
HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY? WOOD FURNITURE?
Seen this for sale through sgAmmo and or wideners website recently!! Great to see it back! I have one case bought about 2 years ago but as mentioned in the article only some boxes/rounds have the internal scoring marks so I stopped stockpiling it. If this is consistent lot to lot and ALL Bullets are in fact 8m3 effect round then it’s a no brainer! Just like golden tiger in the same weight range and silver bear sp154gr a great, cheap alternative to buying expensive pdx1. 8m3 is a devistating round in my experience that tends to either frag or expand depending on media with the core following through with almost the same penetration characteristics of fmj762r
GOLDEN TIGER DOES WORK WELL, BUT WATCH OUT FOR THE WHITE BOX AMMO. HAD A FEW OF THEM NOT GO OFF AND ONE THAT JUST THE PRIMER WENT OFF AND I HAD TO GET THE BULLET OUT OF THE BRL.
Enjoyed very much, did not understand where you get this ammo. Please advise me where to purchase this. Thanks, Jim, Keep the simple video’s coming!!!!!!
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