Brown Bear packaging is simply and cost effective unlike other ammo manufacturers. Most ammo manufacturers use a larger box with a cartridge tray. This costs more but adds no value to the ammo.
Brown Bear ammo is wrapped in brown paper and stapled to keep the rounds together and without any rattling noise when carried in a pocket or bag.
Brown Bear 20 round paper bundle opened. The 7.62×39 ammo is perfect without any defects like dents, dings, scratches or metal shavings. Brown Bear is quality ammo. The 7.62×39 ammo is steel cased with bimetal bullets. The steel cases are polymer coated to prevent corrosion and facilitate smooth feeding and easy extraction…which is does. I shoot Brown Bear 7.62×39 ammo all the time. The bimetal bullets are jacketed with soft steel layered with copper. The bullet cores are lead. The AK-47 was designed to shoot this ammo. The steel cases and bimetal bullets do not harm the barrel. Brown Bear manufactures ammo that is reliable, accurate and cost effective.
Brown Bear 7.62×39 ammo is the best bargain for the AK-47. I buy Brown Bear 7.62×39 in 500 round cases for about $117.00. That’s only $.22 per round. I shoot this ammo in my Zastava NPAP AK-47 rifle. I have never had a malfunction with Brown Bear ammo…even in several different magazines. It runs flawless.
Brown Bear 7.62×39 ammo is nice looking ammo. It’s easy to load in magazines too.
So how does it shoot?
Here is my target after 60 rounds of Brown Bear 7.62×39. I use a Sightmark Ultra Shot QD sight on my AK-47.
You may hear people say that the “cheap Russian” ammo is dirty. Do not believe them. Brown Bear ammo is not dirty and is actually cleaner burning than the more expensive 7.62×39 ammo. My Zastava is very easy to clean after shooting Brown Bear ammo. 2 minutes with a Boresnake and Froglube and it’s clean.
Prvi Partizan or PPU ammunition is manufactured in Uzice, Serbia. Prvi Partizan has been in business for over 86 years. It was founded in 1928. They supply ammunition to the Serbian police and military as well as hunters and sportsman. There are 3 production facilities with over 1,000 workers. PPU produces over 400 types of small arms ammunition.
PPU or Prvi Partizan 7.62×39 FMJ ammo. It is packaged first class like most other commercial ammo manufacturers.
PPU 7.62×39 ammo is brass cased with copper jacketed bullets.
PPU manufactured brass cases.
Really nice looking ammo. Shiny and polished. No dents, dings, tarnish or scratches. Quality is excellent.
123 grain FMJ copper jacket bullets.
Prvi Partizan 7.62×39 ammo is excellent quality and if you want to reload then it’s even better. It runs about $0.50 per round or $10 per box of 20 rounds. It’s more expensive than other com-bloc ammo like Wolf or Tula but it’s brass cased and not steel cased. If you compare PPU to American Eagle or PMC at $17.00 per box, you’ll see its a bargain.
So how effective or good is the polymer coating on steel cased ammo against the elements?
Is is better than lacquer coated steel cases?
I wanted to find out if the polymer coating on the Russian/Ukraine 7.62×39 steel cased ammunition was rust or corrosion proof… so I did a test.
I took some fired 7.62×39 polymer coated steel cases and one live round of polymer coated steel cased ammo and sprayed water on them outside to see if the cases would rust.
The cases were left wet and some were sitting in water for at least 24 hours. Some of the cases were sitting in water and some were not but all were sprayed with water everyday for 4 days.
Here are the cases. The 2 cases and the live round sat in a lower middle area of the plastic container lid and so they sat in water for at lease 24 hours while the other fired cases did not sit in water but were sprayed with water once per day.
Here are 2 fired cases after 4 days of the corrosion test. Not bad. I don’t see any rust on them. I think these 2 are Wolf steel cases.
Here are a different set of polymer steel cases. These 2 have rust on them.
Here are the 2 fired cases and one live round that sat in a small puddle of water for more than 24 hours. All of these cases are rusted.
Here is another view of a fired polymer steel case showing the rust on the side that was laying in water.
Here is the live round. Very corroded case and bullet.
This case only had rust on the mouth which may have been from the inside of the case. The rest of the case was no corroded.
So polymer coated steel cases can rust or corrode when exposed to extreme moist conditions like being wet for 24 hours. This is an extreme test and most ammo is not likely to be exposed to standing water. Humid air will most likely not have any adverse reactions with this type of ammo but if the box of ammunition gets wet, it may rust…as always recommended, keep ammo dry.