Quality ammo for MG42?

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One of my patients is a Vietnam Army Ranger combat vet, now with Parkinson's and severe low back pain. He was driving the school bus for the kids, but now he's out of work.

He's a big gun guy and was telling me about his collection this past week. All sorts of cool stuff, lots of full autos, etc. He has a Buzzsaw and G43 and would like to take them out again, but on a brief internet search, he wasn't happy with the surplus 8mm Mauser I found that's mostly from eastern Europe due to the corrosive effect it'll have on his guns. He preferred German surplus, or whatever was specifically made for those guns. He's a great guy and I'd like to get him a nice gift, but I don't want to give him something unacceptable.

Any 8mm experts can chime in?
 

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Most, if not all, surplus 8mm Mauser ammo is corrosive, not just Eastern European stuff. There were small lots of non-corrosive surplus on the market a while back, but that's dried up. Your best bet for non-corrosive 8mm is commercial like PPU. A quick check on ammoseek.com shows the cheapest commercial 8mm at $0.67/rd, and that's not a shipped price. Let's call it $0.70/rd. Assuming the low end of the MG42, that calculates to a rate of fire of $840/min. By the way, what made him think that German WWII issue 8mm ammo wasn't corrosive?
 

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Use PPU commercial. Any mil surplus is going to be corrosive primed. Wolf used to make some white box steel case that was surprisingly accurate in my Hakim but I haven't seen any for years.
 

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By the way, what made him think that German WWII issue 8mm ammo wasn't corrosive?
That's what I was thinking.

Thanks for the feedback. I think it's gonna be PPU once it's back in stock, which runs at ~$0.64/rnd. Holy crap. A case of 400 will be gone in no time.
 

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He could sell one or two of his MGs and buy all the ammo he needs.

I'm very surprised he didn't have it stacked to the rafters already owning a bunch of MGs.
 

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Not that you'll be down my way (SE CT), but I have some Canadian 8mm: "7.92 MM 42" that's supposed to be non-corrosive.
Plenty of other surplus and a few factory loads, not to mention a slew of reloads.
 

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I’d suggest stoping over at 1919A4 forum. Bunch of great guys over there. They would certainly make sure a Vietnam Vet had some ammo for a 42. Those guys specialize in the bulk MG ammo
 

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I’m happy to buy a couple hundred rounds if I can take it out with you guys, help setup and breakdown and shoot a few out of it.
 

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Ammoseek seems to have a few selections in 8mm ammo. I'd buy corrosive because it's cheaper and the 42 will go through a lot in a hurry. Cleaning after corrosive ammo is easy. You just have to do it soon after shooting. The MG42 is a ball to shoot but if I was one of the poor bastards who had to face one on D day I think I might have jumped into the water and swam back to England
 
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