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Ja, it is East German. Treat it as corrosive primers  "East German M43"

 

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In the mid 1990s, a large amount of it was imported into the US.  Some of the ammunition was blister packed as your picture shows, other was boxed 20 cartridges per box.  The German ammo was mostly steel cored, although there was a plastic-cored training version.  Not long after it first became available, there was a ban on steel cored 7.62x39, so a fair amount of the East German steel core was re-bulleted with lead core, and then imported.  

The steel core is the most accurate 7.62x39 surplus I have found, but it is corrosive, so clean with a water based solvent, then use a water-displacing oil afterwards.  

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11 hours ago, NuJudge said:

In the mid 1990s, a large amount of it was imported into the US.  Some of the ammunition was blister packed as your picture shows, other was boxed 20 cartridges per box.  The German ammo was mostly steel cored, although there was a plastic-cored training version.  Not long after it first became available, there was a ban on steel cored 7.62x39, so a fair amount of the East German steel core was re-bulleted with lead core, and then imported.  

The steel core is the most accurate 7.62x39 surplus I have found, but it is corrosive, so clean with a water based solvent, then use a water-displacing oil afterwards.  

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