A few year ago here in the US, we had 7.62x39mm ammunition available that came in plain, white 20 rd boxes marked with the caliber, quantity and “Made in Germany” in black ink. Inside were lacquered steel cased cartridges with a GMCS lead cored projectile. Headstamps were commonly East German or Romanian, but some Bulgarian, Soviet and Polish headstamps turned up as well. From what I could gather, this was surplus ammunition that was remanufactured by replacing the steel cored “PS” type projectile with a lead core projectile made by Hirtenberg in Austria. The big question is this: Where was the actual re-manufacturing work performed?
I was told by a German fellow (who claimed to be the supplier of the projectiles) that it was done in Germany at one of the former East German ammo plants. I just recently was told by a large US based ammunition and surplus importer that this ammunition was remanufactured in Hungary by MFS as he recieved his shipment of this ammunition from MFS. I say he is wrong and is confusing the Hungarian re-manufactured 7.62x39mm with Hungarian headstamped cases with the German stuff. Does anyone know for sure the tru story of this ammunion?