Silver Tip? Black Tip? Green Tip?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Vikingdad, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    What is the difference? They are all steel core penetrators as far as I know, but what is the real difference between the different colored tip?

    I have some .308 silver and black tips and some .50 silver tips and I also have a bunch of .224 FMJ, all of which attract a magnet that are all pulled and re-sized military projectiles. So what exactly do the different color tips mean?

    I have also seen blue tips which I am told are tracer rounds (why aren't they NATO less-than-lethal rounds? NATO shoots blue bubblegum ball ammo, don't they?)

    Anyhow, just trying to figure this stuff out.:confused:
     
  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    You can toss that thought out. Russian and Hungarian silver tip is not armour piercing. Black tip Nato is. Green tip 5.56 has a steel core behind the lead tip to penetrate body armour.
     

  3. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    The silver tip on Russian ammo is to show what weight it is isn't it? How about the silver tip on American ammo?
     
  4. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I did a little reading and here is what I found.

    Green Tip NATO- Enhanced Penetration

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    Orange Tip NATO- Tracer

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    Blue Tip NATO- Armor Piercing Incendiary

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    Light Blue Tip NATO- Incendiary

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    Black Tip NATO (Head stamp pre-1995)- Depleted Uranium Armor Piercing

    Black Tip NATO (Head stamp post-1995)- Armor Piercing

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    Red Tip NATO- Tracer

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    Feel free to correct any of these if they are wrong.
     
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  5. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    I thought silver was what you used on werewolves? Is that not true now I haven't seen twilight yet?
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Sounds about right to me. I am a big fan of the green and red tips.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Important thing to remember- while a color code may be standardized within a given organization, such as NATO, it does NOT apply to other nations. Black may mean AP in one country, and incendiary in another. Also, color codes may change over a period of time (red tracer vs orange tracer) AND simply having a magnetic core does not make a round armor piercing.

    There are well over 100 different color codes when you include oddball crap (such as the .50BMG Raufoss, the 7.62 NATO SLAP, frangible bullets, APIT, etc.)
     
  8. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Damn...what twist rate do you need to stabilize that slug?
     
  9. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Those depleted uranium rounds are heavier than lead yet very hard, are they not? Are they copper jacketed so they don't mess up the rifling? The pics shown of the NATO rounds it does not look like copper. Is that the photo or is that a non-copper jacket?
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Green tip is not "normal ball". It is "enhanced penetration" for body armor.

    You want to get esoteric? Try .30-06 green tip with white band. That is frangible.
     
  11. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    What, maybe like a 1:7 twist?
     
  12. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I'm not sure what kind of jacket is on them. Those pics are just what I could find.

    Thank you, I fixed it.
     
  13. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Weird? Have a 9mm Parabellum that is tipped in bands of red, white, blue. Special round for a subcaliber trainer for the AT-4 rocket launcher! But it looks SO patriotic!

    Back in the day of the early Starlight scopes, regular tracers would cause the scope to white out- have one round of Starlight tracer- barely visible to naked eye. Nowdays, there are infra-red tracers.

    Some rounds just did not work out- the 7.62 NATO SLAP was a very hard small diameter projectile in a plastic sabot. Idea was to really boost penetration of the M-60. Problem was, barrel gets red hot during prolonged fire. Sabot starts to melt before it gets out of the muzzle. Makes bullet yaw inside the barrel. Bullets leaving thru the SIDE of the barrel. Ungood.
     
  14. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    That's not good. :eek:

    Those NATO Slap rounds looked kind of odd. When they did work, were they accurate?

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  15. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    Ware can you get these rounds.
     
  16. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I don't think you can get them unless a few somehow make it home from the military.
     
  17. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    I know you can't get armor piercing or incendiary. But I thank I have seen tracers in .22 before
     
  18. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    You can't? I thought all of that was legal outside of California.
     
  19. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Since when? AP and incindiary are perfectly legal in rifles and in most states. AP HANDGUN ammo is illegal under federal law.
     
  20. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    How is anyone able to determine what type of ammo? As I recall the "black talon" ammo had a black tip.

    If somebody has pink-tipped nuclear mother-effers in their cache of ammo is that an automatic felony?