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Thread: Russian ammo tuna can....what kind of ammo is it?

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    Default Russian ammo tuna can....what kind of ammo is it?

    Got this old surplus ammo can recently, I am wondering what it holds. Someone suggested it is 12gauge shotgun ammo. Any ideas?


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    my Russian isn't too good, but whatever is in the can...there's 250 of them.

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    12ga / 70mm would be your
    standard 12x 2 3/4
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    Thanks guys, I have seen the surplus mosin nagant ammo cans but this is the first shotgun ammo can I have seen. I did not know the russian army was equipped with shotguns?

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    they canned/can EVERYTHING
    and they have shotguns, just like every other army, hell the unit had one for mounting ammo guard, when required.
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    Great will stuff them into my Baikal over under if all the hell breaks loose.

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    I got some similar cans from Century Arms back in the 90's for about $32/can. Like they said, it's 12ga 2 3/4 length. Mine were in black hulls, #6 & #5 shot with the hardest primers I ever encountered on shotgun ammo. But, it did work just fine in my Baikal IJ-27M over/under. That Bailkal really indents primers deep. Now I know why.

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    I've also seen that stuff with copper-washed steel cases.
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    Agree with jonny c. I've seen it in the form of bimetallic hulls, as they call it.

    Good Saiga stuff, though I probably wouldn't open it.

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    It says "Hunting ammo. Amount 250. 12/70. Shot #5" (or) 5 pellets per shot. Not sure on that one. The rest is lot #s

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    How does the ammo survive in these cans, do you think its ok to use it?

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    After standing on my head I have to agree, No5 shot.

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    The ammo in that can should be as fresh as the day it was produced. As long as quality ammo is stored properly, it'll last a century... or more. Long term storage doesn't get much better than a metal tin.

    It'd be cool if they're metal hulls. The fodder I got was just black plastic hulls. A bit different than US hulls. Thick as hell and the plastic was kind of soft. It was non-corrosive too.

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    I started a thread a few months back about military shotgun ammo. Where did you get this? I would love to hunt down a retailer that sells it.

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    it ain't military, sorry but NO military stocks 'hunting ammo'
    wait, I take that back, what size is the survival guns? it might be airforce survival ammo, but I though most used a 20Ga.
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    One member sent me pm and told me not to open this yet, not until zombie apocalypse would hit us. HAHA

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    I seem to remember the Bimetal cased 12ga was surplus from the Soviet Forestry Service...I guess 'game warden' ammo. Good for break open action guns. I would bet that copperwash stuff had corrosive primers, but I can't remember testing any.
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