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Green Tip

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by sadiesassy, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. sadiesassy

    sadiesassy Prescott Active Member

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    I am learning about ammunition
    I was looking at some 308 amo and it had a Green tip - also mentioned something about Steel sore I believe

    IS there a color code for different types of bullets?
    Green Tip means:
    Red Tip means something else.

    Or is it just that company's version of some polymer they use on the tip

    Thanks
     
  2. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much answered that one yourself.
     
  3. sadiesassy

    sadiesassy Prescott Active Member

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    Not to seem dense -
    But are you referring to "the 308 Green Tip" equals Steel Core

    Or there is a color code and green tip means steel core for everything and red tip means?
     
  4. Buddhalux

    Buddhalux Hillsboro, Oregon Active Member

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    Red tips are usually tracer rounds.
    Black tips are usually ap or api rounds.
    Green tips are usually penetrator rounds i.e. steel/tungsten core.
     
  5. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    And this weeks dumb answer goes to
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Unless you are looking at a non military type ammo. I use Nosler Ballistic tip Hunting bullets in a number of my rifles. The .30 cal versions have a Green tip.

    In US military ammo WWII to the present

    Red or Orange = tracer

    Black = armor piercing

    Blue = Incendary

    Aluminum = Incendary armor piercing

    Green with a White ring = Frangible

    Green = 5.56 M855 ball

    Green tip with pink ring = Dim tracer for use with night vision goggles
     
  7. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    If unsure if any ammo has steel in it carry a small magnet in your range bag.
     
  8. sadiesassy

    sadiesassy Prescott Active Member

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    MArk W and others I thank the people for clarifying the color code.

    I was aware that you can use a magnet to check for steel core.
     
  9. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    The green tip means it was organicly grown, free range, and made from all organic recycled material.
     
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  10. greydog111

    greydog111 peoples repubilik of Oregon Active Member

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    and, may I add, can be fired in Portland without recrimination from the keep it weird crowd. Arff. Greydog.
     
  11. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Is there any downside to using steel core, especially in an AR?
     
  12. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Generally not the most accurate. And it is bad for steel targets.
     
  13. sadiesassy

    sadiesassy Prescott Active Member

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    I had heard it is the impact to steel targets ( Destroys them)
     
  14. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    If you mean it puts holes clean thru them, then yes it does.
     
  15. sadiesassy

    sadiesassy Prescott Active Member

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    Yes That is what I meant
    Not cheap for Gun Clubs to replace them. That is the reason I was told to check ammo with a magnet.
    I am told that steel core bullets can be in lotas of different types of bullets ( Even parts of a box can have it) - hence - check all ammo
    I JUst never made the connection with Green Tip
     
  16. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Fisherman's sell them. I'd llike to try them sometime. TCGC doesn't allow them for obvious reasons. It would be fun to shoot them out in the woods somewhere, at steel plates, an old car door, etc.
     
  17. rusobr2

    rusobr2 prineville,or Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    thanks fellas !! you just answered a ton of my questions , all in one thread !!

    steven