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Anyone have experience with Austrian made Hirtenberger .308, 147 grain, FMJ ammo? Sportsmans Guide has some listed in their current HQ Catalog...no dates or headstamp info given. It comes in 360 round battlepacks.
 

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I had a bunch of 1973 Hirtenberger (Berdan). Match grade accurate. $150 a thousand.
 

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I had a bunch of 1973 Hirtenberger (Berdan). Match grade accurate. $150 a thousand.
$150...that's 15 cents/round. Unfortunately it's about five times that now!!! The "brave new world". But if it's good ammo I might jump in.
 

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Sportsman's Guide http://www.sportsmansguide.com
.................Austria ...............1983 .................360/Bp .....................80.550¢ 147 gr. *83*.
.................Austria ...............1983 .................720/Bp .....................79.170¢ 147 gr. *83*.

Austria, '75, [ HP ], Berdan, three star crimp with dark green primer sealant. Other HS's H
Austria, '78, [ HP ], Berdan, three star crimp with no primer sealant visible.
Austria, '79, [ *79* ], Boxer, three star crimp with light green primer sealant.
Austria, '80, [ *80* ], Boxer, three star crimp with light green primer sealant.

1, M852 Lake City from 1991. Top score of 200-20X, on a SR-1 NRA standard 100 yard target, 1-20 round mag only with my NM M1A.
2, Argentine FLB, surplus from 1983, 200-16X.
3, M118LR Lake City from 2003, 200-13X.
4, German DAG, surplus from 1993, 200-12X.
5, M118SB Lake City from 1963, 200-10X.
6, M852 Lake City from 1988, 200-10X.
[SIZE=+0]7, Radway Green surplus from 1990, 200-10X.[/SIZE]
8, Greek surplus from 1980, 200-10X.
9. Santa Barbara surplus from 1968, 200-8X.
[SIZE=+0]10, Australian MF surplus from 1966, 200-6X.
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11, M118SB Lake City from 1985, a 199-12X.
12, Nigerian from 1970, 199-10X.
[SIZE=+0]13, Portuguese m/963 surplus from 1979, a 199-10X.
[SIZE=+0][SIZE=+0]14, Radway Green surplus from 1985, 198-12X.[/SIZE][/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0]15, Belgium surplus from 1977, 198-10X.[/SIZE]
16, Bosnian surplus from 2003, 198-10X.
17, Radway Green surplus from 1995, 198-9X
18, Austria surplus from 1980, 198-8X.<<<<<
[SIZE=+0][SIZE=+0]19, South African surplus from 1980, 198-6X.[/SIZE][/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0]20, Santa Barbara surplus from 1980, 197-14X.[/SIZE]
21, Argentine surplus from 1983, 197-8X.
[SIZE=+0]22, German DAG, surplus from 1976, 197-8X.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0]23, German MEN, surplus from 1969, 197-6X.[/SIZE]
24, Singapore surplus from 1986, 196-11X.
25, Israeli surplus from 1974, 196-10X.
[SIZE=+0]26, Australian ADI surplus from 1988, 196-8X.[/SIZE]
27, Bosnian M118 surplus from 2003, 196-8X.
[SIZE=+0]28, Serbia surplus from 2002, 196-6X.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0][SIZE=+0]29, Malaysian surplus from 1982, 195-6X.[/SIZE][/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0][SIZE=+0]30, Malaysian surplus from 1983, 194-9X.[/SIZE][/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0]31, Lithuanian surplus from 2003, 194-6X.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=+0]32, Serbia surplus from 1989, 194-2X.[/SIZE]
33, Venezuelan surplus from 1989, 194-2X.
[SIZE=+0][SIZE=+0][SIZE=+0]34, Denmark, surplus from 1993, 193-2X.[/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]
35, Canadian, surplus from 1970, 192-8X.
36, Chilean, surplus from 1976, 191-4X.
37, Indonesian surplus from 1985, 190-6X
[SIZE=+0]38, Portuguese m/963 surplus from 1978, 190-4X.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0]39, Austria surplus from 1978, 190-3X. <<<<<[/SIZE]
[SIZE=+0]40, South African surplus from 1981, 189-1X.[/SIZE]
41, Pakistan surplus from 1979. Score of 188-4X.

It's great military surplus ammunition from the years I have tested Mainzer.

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In my rather extensive testing of ammunition through several M14 rifles, Hirtenberger was ON AVERAGE the most accurate 7,62 NATO BALL ammo I could find.
Get it while you can ... it is now rare.
 

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I have a bunch I traded 5.56 NATO 1:2 for Hirt 7.62 NATO back during the 2008 panic. Very accurate and mine is boxer primed.
 
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I have a few dark green battle packs still in deep storage. This stuff is primo ball ammo. As noted above, why didn't I buy a few pallets of it at .15c per ?!
 

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Thanks for the input guys! I ordered one 360 round battlepack...came to about $.83/round with freight. A little pricey but I'll probably feel like an investment genius in a couple of years; especially if these sickos keep shooting up schools (or even use a knife as in Santa Barbara) it seems! Thanks again.
 

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.................Austria ...............1983 ...................20/Bx .....................77.450¢ 147 gr. *83* boxer.
.................Austria ...............1983 .................360/Bp .....................81.270¢ 147 gr. *83* boxer.
.................Austria ...............1983 .................720/Bp .....................78.120¢ 147 gr. *83* boxer.

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I would not trust Sportsman's Guide to provide what they advertize.
We'll see Hawk. You could be right. I must say though that I've been a club member and customer, of the Guide, for at least 10-12 years now and can't say that I've had a bad experience with them.

If this order for Hirt ammo turns out to be something other than advertised, I won't hesitate to post it up here though.

Thanks for the "heads up".
 

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I remember those days....really cheap, really accurate and my only regret was not buying all I could
 
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The Hirtenberger ammo showed up on Fedex today. It turns out to be 1983 vintage. I'm not going to open it until ready to use it but if the ammo is as good as the battle pack it comes in, it is very good ammo indeed!GI1
 

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When you do open it up Mainzer, please tell us what the headstamp reads as. I hope that November of 1983 was a good year for Austrian military surplus ammunition.


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