why do they paint the tips of bullets?

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  1. FeLiX

    FeLiX G&G Newbie

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    i just got some hungarian yellow tip and i was just wondering if anybody has any clue why they took the time to paint it??

    :feedback:
  2. troy2000

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    Makes it easier to identify whether you're shooting light ball or heavy ball, or whatever.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2007
  3. Full MeTal Jack

    Full MeTal Jack G&G Newbie

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    Yellow tips, 174 grain ball?
    Often wondered why a single weight wasnt standard.
    Silver tips, steel core.
    Then 150 grain.
    Then, arent there 204 grain soft tips?
    I have some 125 grain FMJs.
    :irked:
    gonna wrap my head with duct tape before it explodes!
  4. FeLiX

    FeLiX G&G Newbie

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    ahh i get it... lol
  5. just_a_car

    just_a_car G&G Newbie

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    Also, it helps identify "specialty" ammo, such as Raufoss (HEI), Incendieary, AP, API, Tracer, APIT, etc.

    For most modern bullet tips, I've seen the following color codes:
    Black = Armor Piercing (AP)
    Black Tip/Red Band = Armor Piercing Incendiary (API)
    Magenta Tip/Red Band = Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer (APIT)
    Sea-Green = Raufoss/High Explosive Incendiary (HEI)
    Red/Orange Tip = Red Tracer or Incendiary
    Green Tip = Green Tracer
    I knew most of this, but for reference I double-checked myself with this site: Headstamps, Color Codes, Markings

    Now, please realize that any of the above are just a general guide; you will almost definitely find one or more of the specialty ammo's with a different or without a painted tip, possibly due to being worn off or just not being painted at all. For instance, I have personally seen .308 AP without any black tip at all and they were never painted.

    If you're looking for the specifics on the 7.62x54R that we shoot through our Mosins, then go check out the 7.62x54r Ammunition Evaluations as the table down the page has the color tips and all the info of bullet weight, case material/coating and core material all right there. If you want to know if a certain bullet is magnetic, just click on the link in the table and the description (along with great pictures and ballistics info) will tell you all you needed to know about the round.
  6. Big Dog

    Big Dog Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

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    I finally got to shoot some Hungarian Heavy Ball in a couple Mosins this past weekend. My M39 Finn did better than with the light ball, but still not as tight as it does with 204 grain hunting loads.
    The Hex Mosin 91/30 did excellent! It really likes the heavy ball, and also does well with the lighter loads.
    My understanding is that the heavy ball was machinegun ammo - the heavier bullet gives better ballistic performance in those guns.
  7. Dennis

    Dennis G&G Enthusiast

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    Ho Ho Hold on there Hoss.......
    Ok the colorcodeing of Projectiles is a common Practice, yet there has not ever been any sort of world wide standard.
    so......
    the colorcodes can change from counrty to country and can be revised as time goes on
    So There is not a Hard and fast rule for determining What the color means.
    Generally Black is AP and Red is Tracer After that ya just gotta take a bullet apart and see for your self.
    There may be some Reference guide but I would find such information suggestive at best

    "Due to my experience with shooting Mosins"

    I still miss the Good ol Copperwashed Chinese Steelcore
    186 Grain steelcore 2850fps
    that was good ammo very very consistant but it stunk when ya shot it and it was corrosive.
    But hey at 2 bucks per twenty round Packet
    Ya could afford to shoot a lot and get Good with your Mosin
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    Great site JAC, 7.62.net. Could spend all day there but gotta earn my keep.
  9. at4rxj

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    They paint it so it adds to the camo, makes the exposed rounds less visible...

    yellow for the desert, green for the forest, etc...

    :) duh
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    Lots of Privates with nothing to do.:09:
  11. Big Dog

    Big Dog Dinosaur Wrangler Forum Contributor

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    Overheard at "The People's Heavy Industrial Manufacturing Plant #3021 - Ammunition Production Department":

    "Hey, Boris! I run out of the yellow paint for the bullets!"

    "No problem, Mikhail. Just open that can of green paint!"

    "Da! Good idea, Comrade!"

    :)
  12. at4rxj

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    lol

    edit: post #250!!! YAY :)

    note: don't look at Big Dog's number of posts above mine :(
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    Oxford G&G Enthusiast

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    Did Big Dog just recently join G&G?
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