After picking up the Yugo M57 I needed to locate some ammunition for it. Gander Mountain, where I bought the gun, doesn’t carry it. Cabellas wants an arm and a leg for it, and it is a 45 minute drive. The local gun shops either don’t have it, or want the fillings out your teeth and your firstborn child. So I went to the internet.
After checking half a dozen places that sell ammo online I found the best deal at Sportsmans guide. They have it available in 70 round ($7.67), 280 round ($29.97), and 1260 rounds for $119.97. Shipping was very reasonable and fairly quick.
After some touch and go with UPS over the week of Thanksgiving the ammo arrived on the 29th. It is surplus, late 1953-1956 production brass cased, berdan primed, 87 grain lead core full metal jacket.
It came still sealed in what we call a “spam can”. That is a sealed metal can which is air and water tight for long term storage. Of course since it is all of the ammo I have in this caliber, I openned it.
The ammunition is packed in boxes of 70, one of which had broken open inside the spam can. All of it looks good. Nice and shiny with no tarnish or discoloration. Of course the spam can had to go. We wouldn’t want the cats hurting themselves on sharp edges or corners. Hopefully I can get out to the range soon and give the Yugo M57 a proper shakedown.
By ordering bulk I saved a lot of money and also gave myself a good head start on a stock of 7.62×25. With only 2 magazines for the Yugo, and 1260 rounds of ammo I can easily set some aside for emergencies. Most Americans have 1 box of ammunition or less for each of their guns. That won’t last long in a crisis.