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Thread: Portuguese 8mm Ammo
05-17-2011, 05:53 AM #1
Portuguese 8mm Ammo
Yesterday I recieved my 4 boxes of surplus 8mm mauser ammo for my k98's. Its Portuguese production stamped FNM. The ammo came in 90 round "packed loose" boxes marked "BALA NORMAL". Production dates are 71-13 and 71-17. The brass looks super clean except for one box where I would say there are at least 15 "dirty looking" rounds. These dates would mean that this ammo is definately non-corrosive... Correct?
05-17-2011, 06:58 AM #2
Funny you mention this - I just did a thread on Portuguese ammo here: http://www.k98kforum.com/showthread....ese-ammunition
Yes, non-corrosive, and VERY good ammunition. EXTREMELY consistentI'm Lewie the Fly...
05-17-2011, 07:46 AM #3
Correct. Definitely non corrosive.There's nothing more dangerous than a colossal, bankrupt, and well-armed government--- Porter Stansberry
05-17-2011, 09:07 AM #4Senior Member
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It's gotta be good stuff , i think . I bought
a bunch of port .308 years ago and it is
05-17-2011, 09:56 AM #5
Before I say this, I'll point out that what has been posted above is the general consensus on this stuff and I have no reason to doubt what these guys are saying, as I trust them and their experience. I've also heard similar reports from many others. However....
I have a small batch of FNM 6-61. By appearance, it's obviously not new production ammo, but it still looks to be in very good condition for it's age. However, it produces a lot of hang-fires, misfires and some that just won't go off, at all. Also, of the ones that do go off, there's a notable difference in report and recoil. IIRC, when I chronographed this stuff, I was getting extreme spreads in the neighborhood of 800fps! So, if I were buying more Portuguese ammo, I would probably stick to the newer stuff (1970's) and would certainly avoid anything with the 6-61 headstamp, only from my own experience.
05-17-2011, 10:21 AM #6
Don't listen to em, the stuff is junk. Send it to me for disposal.
05-17-2011, 09:23 PM #7
Sound good guys, can't wait to test it out next week and give some details on performance!
Now getting to the price, I paid $185 for the 4 boxes, 360
rounds total plus shipping of $25. The s&b which I totally love (high power, consistent, non corrosive new production) are around 22 bucks for 20 rounds plus shipping of course. So if these are are nice as you gents say, then I'm thinking It was a good deal indeed! What do you guys think?
05-17-2011, 09:40 PM #8
WOW price! I still have a full wooden crate of FNM 8MM. A lot of this ammo came on the market as a result of the war in Angola. Apparently the war ended before all the ammo arrived and it was diverted to the US commercial market.
05-17-2011, 10:19 PM #9
Excellent non corrosive ammo. I had 400 rounds of it and shot it all up. Reliable and clean.
05-17-2011, 10:27 PM #10
Boxer or Berdan?
PatFor My Fallen Brothers:
05-17-2011, 10:44 PM #11
I think it is Berdan
05-17-2011, 11:20 PM #12
Man, I wish I could get my hands on a crate! Too bad I can't find anyone that sells it....
05-18-2011, 08:37 PM #13Member
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picked up 16,000 rounds of 1944-45 dated stuff a couple years ago for $900. wished i had kept it all! dirty but reliable and accurate. only got 1000 left.
09-26-2011, 08:51 PM #14
When do you suppose your 6-61 ammo was made - possibly 2006? The FNM coding is as follows: 1st number is for year of manufacture, 2nd number is the lot no. for that caliber for that year.
I understand that the FNM factory is no longer in business. Do you know when they went out of business?
09-26-2011, 10:02 PM #15
My assumption was that this was made in 1961, but maybe that's not how the headstamp is translated? It's certainly not very recent production, judging by it's looks. I actually ended up shooting the rest of it a couple months ago, just to get rid of it. Velocities were all over the place, as were the impacts.
09-26-2011, 10:43 PM #16Senior Member
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7'9x57mm FNM 6-61 would have been produced in 1961. Corrosive, berdan primed. JH