steel core ammo

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  1. oregonjoker

    oregonjoker New Member

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    Is there any restrictions on owning, buying or selling steel core ammo? A friend has some he would like me to sell some 7.62x39 for him. I just didn't want to step outside the legal lines. Tx
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    Chances are this is the old chinese stuff... it had a mild-steel core and isn't considered "armor piercing" last I checked. What I would suggest is ATF has some rulings on what is considered "armor piercing pistol ammunition". Here's the text of the law:

    The definition of ap ammo is at 18 USC 921(a)(17):
    "(B) The term `armor piercing ammunition' means-

    (i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and
    which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other
    substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass,
    bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or

    (ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and
    intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25
    percent of the total weight of the projectile.

    (C) The term `armor piercing ammunition' does not include shotgun shot
    required by Federal or State environmental or game regulations for hunting
    purposes, a frangible projectile designed for target shooting, a projectile
    which the Secretary finds is primarily intended to be used for sporting
    purposes, or any other projectile or projectile core which the Secretary
    finds is intended to be used for industrial purposes, including a charge
    used in an oil and gas well perforating device."


    The thing to keep in mind is that ATF considers it pistol ammunition if it is in a caliber that a pistol has ever been chambered for, in this case the 7.62 has been chambered in krinkov pistols.

    From a usenet post:

    If you are NOT a (FFL) licensee under the Gun Control Act (an individual):
    ok to OWN AP ammo
    ok to SELL AP ammo
    ok to BUY AP ammo
    ok to SHOOT AP ammo
    NOT ok to MAKE AP ammo (18 USC 922(a)(7))
    NOT ok to IMPORT AP ammo (18 USC 922(a)(7))
    The only persons who can make AP ammo are holders of a type 10
    FFL, also needed to make destructive devices, and ammunition for
    destructive devices. The only persons who can import AP ammo
    are holders of a type 11 FFL, who can also import DD's and ammo
    for DD's. The FFL's cost $1000 a year.

    Armor-piercing ammunition definition (James O. Bardwell)

    So it looks like you are in the clear
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    Sooooo does that mean... If I had hardened steel core bullets and wanted to reload with them I could? Seeing as your going to pay approx $1 a round for the steel core china stuf, is it possable to buy hardened steel core bullets and reload with them. If so I would have to buy them from a specialty licenced individual? Since importation is illegal.

    From what I understand on the subject is that the government is trying to dry up our resource of "AP" or steel core ammo. That's kinda S-ie
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    some russian steel core came in in the mid 90s