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Fire dangers and Steel Core Ammunition

Fire dangers and Steel Core Ammunition

About the time of the Y2K scare many sport shooters bought an abundance of inexpensive Russian Wolf, China Sports and Norinco ammunition. What was not known is that much of this ammo is soft, steel core with a copper jacket. Steel being less expensive than lead, foreign ammo manufacturers opted for steel. The substitution had nothing to do with armor piercing capability. The hollow point and metal jacketed steel core ammo can be identified using a magnet on the tip of the bullet.

When a shooter fires a steel core bullet and it hits a rock, another piece of steel, or a spent steel core bullet, it will cause a spark. The spark easily starts a fire in dry fuels such as grass: Same as a steel-bladed lawn mower when the blade strikes a rock. If you have any rifle ammo, .223 through .30 caliber, by Norinco, Wolf or China Sports, please check each lot for steel cores with a magnet and don’t shoot the steel core ammo when our fuels are dry or if you do not have an adequate dirt back drop with no combustibles near by.

Reference: The recent Telegraph fire near Mariposa.

VR Joe Satrapa,

Air Tanker 89

Nevada City


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