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    8mm Mauser wooden bullet ammo

    Just for the fun of it, I bought a box of 44 rounds of 8mm mauser ammo, at last weekend's Friendship gun show.

    I thought I would share photos with the cartridge collectors that read this forum.

    I tried three rounds in a K98k, and one had a bad primer. The other two had a much louder report than I expected for this stuff.

    I pulled the bad round apart, since I wanted to see what the bullet and charge were like. The bullet appears in the first photo. The powder was a substantial load of a flake powder, probably weighed around 20 grains.

    The headstamp looks Arabic, and I'm thinking maybe Syrian or Persian.



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    Very cool....... for most.......

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    Neat!

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    Wow that's unique. What was the accuracy like?
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    Interesting. What was the purpose of these? Cheap target/training ammo maybe? How much does the projectile weigh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilKidsMeal View Post
    Wow that's unique. What was the accuracy like?
    I only fired into a stump. I doubt that there is any accuracy in these.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigtanker View Post
    Interesting. What was the purpose of these? Cheap target/training ammo maybe? How much does the projectile weigh?
    I weighed the wood bullet. It is 9.5 grains.

    I'm not certain of the purpose of these 8mm rounds, but practice seems most likely.

    I know the Swedes used wooden bullets in their 6.5x55mm practice ammo, with a screw-on "blank adapter" that would shred the wood when fired, the effect simulating the full recoil of the regular ammo, for training.

    These 8mm, as I said, seemed as loud as standard ammo loads.

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    Wooden bullets were used in some nations as blanks for machine guns. The "BFA" would usually have a constrictor of sorts that basically turned the bullet into dust. I think the Germans may have done this at some point.
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    Egyptian 8mm I think. Google image will tell the tale.
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    An old friend was a 3rd Marine in WW2 and told me the Japanese used wooden bullets near the end of the war when materials got scarce.
    He'd been hit with one and occasionally a splinter would come through his skin. I was with him one day when he grabbed his elbow and pulled a splinter out. He had a trace of blood on his shirt.
    He was a good man and my friend, retired IPD. I'm sure many here knew him.
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    Definately Egyptian. I have fired upwards of 20,000 rounds of it through my MG34. Navy arms used to sell it for 4 cents per round delivered.

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