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Sportsman's guide is where I get my ammo.
 

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With the events of last friday and the subsequent political handringing, ammo (and guns) in all variations is drying up fast. I bought the last 100 shell box of 12 G shells that was available at my local walmart. 7.62 x 39, .223/5.56, .308 and .22lr all gone!
 

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I got a significant quantity of Golden Bear a few weeks back from Natchez but they may have sold out now. You will just have to do searches online. If an ammo site has a notify when available email option do that. That is how I get most of my stuff.

I just found what looks like a good deal on 9 mil at this site which I use regularly;
http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/
 

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I use the Prvi Partizan stuff, SP, because it's brass-cased and boxer-primed. The Golden Bear is Berdan-primed, and there have been some reports of broken firing pins caused by the harder primer.
Show me one post from a forum member who has broken their firing pin with a mini 30 and Berdan primed ammo? Everything I have seen relating to firing pins breaking posted by members here are all mini 14.
 

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supposedly (YMMV...)

The gold and silver bear ammo use a different berdan primer that is softer, and intended for sport use - as opposed to the harder military primers that wolf and tula use.

all I know is I've yet to have a silver bear 7.62 round fail to ignite.
 

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Show me one post from a forum member who has broken their firing pin with a mini 30 and Berdan primed ammo? Everything I have seen relating to firing pins breaking posted by members here are all mini 14.
the mini-30 pins do break, probably more often than the -14's. I know at least two such cases (my own mini30 included).

In my case, Ruger refused to see it as a warranty repair, the price quote was $90 for the work, plus shipping. Yes they asked me to ship the complete rifle back to them for a firing pin replacement.

Better be safe. Use soft-primer ammo.
 

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the mini-30 pins do break, probably more often than the -14's. I know at least two such cases (my own mini30 included).

In my case, Ruger refused to see it as a warranty repair, the price quote was $90 for the work, plus shipping. Yes they asked me to ship the complete rifle back to them for a firing pin replacement.

Better be safe. Use soft-primer ammo.
Glad to hear from someone this actually happened to, thank you. To me, breaking the firing pin is indeed a concern. But I have saved a lot more than $90 in ammo by buying Bear.
 

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If that is true, great... but that's the first I've heard of it, any verification?
dammit... gonna have to do some serious web crawling to find where I read that again. IIRC, I was google imaging steel cased head stamps... and I just sorta stumbled upon it
it (may) have been a .ru Barnaul corporate website that I had to google translate from Cyrillic to english :( ...

if I can find it again I'll link it for sure.

stand by... it might be a few days :lol:
 

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I am not 100 percent positive but I am fairly positive that the non-corrosive Berdan primers are not a problem. They use a primer chemical that fires with an easier pin strike like boxer primers. There is a difference in the structure of the firing holes in Boxer versus Berdan primers but that is not particularly a problem.

The problem with firing pins(I am fairly sure) is with the corrosive Berdan primers because they are mil spec and made of a chemical(partly potassium chlorate or potassium perchlorate which is a salt) designed to fire in virtually any war type condition you could have. Because of the nature of the chemical formula they need a harder pin strike so they are harder on the firing pin. That is why I said up there that if you get non-corrosive Berdan primers they should be fine. Reloading, it would be best to use Boxer primers.

I'm shooting non-corrosive Berdan primed stuff pretty much excluisively in my gun so I guess time will tell for me.
 
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