Czech Vz24 Ammo Choices - Romanian vs Yugo

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by bf109, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. bf109

    bf109 New Member

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    Hi, I got my Vz24 from AIM recently and want to get some ammo for it.

    I came across the following two (similarly priced per round):

    (1) Romanian 8mm Mauser 150grn FMJ on Chargers - 1970's Surplus ammo; 150grn steel core, lacquer coated steel case.

    (2) Yugoslavian M49 8mm FMJ 196grn - late 1970's to the early 1980's production; 196grn lead core full copper jacketed bullet, BRASS case and berdan primer.

    Both are corrosive ammo. Romanian ones come on charges (a plus). Yugo ammo does not come on strip clips but in BRASS case. What's the difference between 'steel core' and 'lead core'? How about "steel case" vs "brass case"? Are these BRASS case reloadable?

    Which ammo is more reliable, with less recoil, more fun to shoot and less maintenance (cleaning of barrel) required on the Vz24? Please share your experience. Thanks.
     
  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    To bad your in Conn.! I'm in NH. I'm going out shooting tomorrow. The Yugo ammo will shoot much better, and have more felt recoil. The romanian will shoot well under 100 yards and between 3...400 yards. It will take some scrubbing of the chamber to really get it clean. Niether is reloadable. Both are corrosive, so barrel cleaning is the same, but the Romanian adds the chamber. I still keep 3 cans of Romanian on hand for, OS. It use to be really cheap. Romy has less recoil, yugo is more accurate. Romy takes more to clean up, yugo takes a toll on your shoulder. I shoot heavy ball brass cased surplus as the norm.
     

  3. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I've had good luck with both, but shoot tons of the Rommie. Still have a few cases left from when it was $35 a case. It is very accurate, and recoil is light.

    And I've had no issues with it being corrosive. I tested it and had no rust after letting the rifle sit for a few weeks. But clean well, to be safe.
     
  4. bf109

    bf109 New Member

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    Hi, thanks both for your info.

    When you said "it will take some scrubbing of the chamber to really get it clean", did you mean it was bcz the "lacquer coated" Romanian ammo? How about the inside of barrel? Will any lacquer left there?

    Thanks.
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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    I have only shot a small amount of Laquer in 8x57. I did have a major issue w/ laquer coated 5.56 in my AR. Looked like mold in the bore. The residue that was left behind reacted w/ the solvent I used, and grew for lack of a better term. I no longer shoot it. I have so much brass case I only keep it for SHTF, same w/ my Romy 8x57. You should keep your eyes open for estate sales and auctions. Most cases of 8x57 are labeled 7.92. I picked up a 1600 round case of Turk heavy ball at an estate sale a couple years ago. $110.00. Know one had a clue what it was. I have a load of chargers (stripper clips) if you need some. I'll send you a handful for the price of shipping. Maybe a buck or 2. They are Brass from the Turk ammo.
     
  6. Bigdog57

    Bigdog57 New Member

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    My Yugo M48A and Spanish M44 both love the 70'sproduction Yugo ammo! Superb stuff - totally different from the horrid 50's production.
    I have not used the Romanian ammo. My experience shows the European Mausers generally prefer the heavier 196 grain bullet.