Wooden bullets?

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Gallowglass, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Gallowglass

    Gallowglass Winter is coming

    I have a found some wooden 7.62x39 "practice rounds" that are very inexpensive. As I am sighting in and training some people in the use of the SKS, I am buying a lot of brass these days.

    I have never even seen wooden practice rounds and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with wooden practice rounds and if they are worth purchasing, and what I can expect from them as far as performance vs. the 122gr FMJs that I shoot now?

    I would appreciate some advice.
  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Back in the old bolt-action days, wooden bullet loads were used in conjunction with a unit fitted to the rifle muzzle that would fragment the wood, not allowing it to be 'fired' any distance. I remember Sportsman's Guide selling these years ago to fit various Mausers.
    If fired, I would expect very different ballistic performance from lead bullet loads! I see no real practical use for them.
  3. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    I've fired plastic bullets for a 50 cal., and the wooden bullets definitely have a use, for short range, basement, or rural back-yard firing.
  4. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    At about 5ft a guy on another board couldn't recover any pieces of the bullet. I think it is just balsa. I don't recall if it would cycle the action of his AK or not. The brass is BERDAN primed so reloading it would take a bit of work, but is do-able. I haven't heard of anyone doing it yet and their is concern about the quality and uniformity of the cases.
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