Russian/Klimovsk 7.62×39 “White Box” Ammo Review

Wolf Ammunition or WPA ammunition is mostly manufactured by Tulskiy Patronniy Zavod or Tula Cartridge Plant in Tula, Russia. There are several product lines to include Wolf Polyformance, WPA Military Classic, Wolf Gold, Wolf Rimfire and Wolf Shotshell.

Wolf and Klimovsk ammunition are imported from Russia and supply may be limited by the Executive Order Ban against Russian.

You will find 3 different packagings in Wolf 7.62×39. The black box Wolf Polyformance/Performance, the camoflauge WPA Military Classic and the “generic White Box”.

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Generic White Box Wolf/Klimovsk Ammo – old production with lacquer coating. I bought this box of ammo as Wolf ammo but now that I have done some research it is actually made by the Klimovsk Specialized Ammunition Plant.

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Wolf or WPA Military Classic 7.62×39 Ammo

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Wolf Performance Ammunition 7.62×39 (black box)

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Klimovsk generic “White Box” 7.62×39 ammo. This batch or box is Lacquer coated steel cases. I beleive Wolf is no longer loading ammunition with lacquer coated cases. They are now manufacturing polymer coated cases only. This box of ammo is however Klimovsk ammo.

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Lacquer coated steel cases

There was some negative talk about the lacquer coating melting in chambers and causing cases to stick. This is false and total myth. The case sticking claims were more likely caused by carbon blowing back between the steel case and the chamber. Steel cases do not seal the chamber as well as brass cases and allow combustion gases (carbon too) to leak past the case. This carbon would accumulate in the chamber and action and cause some extraction issues on straight walled cartridges like the 5.56 Nato/.223 Remington. It is however not an issue on AK type weapons. The tapered 7.62×39 case and the tolerances of the AK rifle prevent any such issues.

People claim Wolf ammo is “dirty”. It’s not dirty ammo. It’s the fact that the steel case does not seal the chamber and allows gas to blow back into the action. This makes it seem to be dirty when you look at the cases and the rifle action.

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20 round white box with separator paper between every 5 rounds.

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Shiny and very slippery ammo. Nicely assembled.

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Berdan primed non-corrosive primers.

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You can see a small amount of copper shavings by the neck of the cases (#1, #3 and #5). It’s not an issue with accuracy or reliability in an AK rifle BUT it proves that there could be some improvement in the reloading process. The case mouths may need chamfering. It’s a slight flaw but no reason to not buy and use this Klimovsk¬†ammo.

These are bimetal bullets. The jacket is mild steel plated with .005″ of copper. The mild or soft steel jacket is .032″ thick. Bimetal bullets do wear barrels faster than copper jacketed bullets but how fast depends on your individual useage. Shooting any firearm until the barrel gets to 500 – 700 degrees will definitely speed up wear. Keep the barrel cool and use a top notch lubricant and you may exceeed 10,000 rounds before the barrel is worn out.

The Klimovsk¬†7.62×39 lacquer steel cased ammo looks very good after inspection. I have not test fired it yet as I’m waiting on my Zastava AK-47 to arrive. As another degree of scrutiny, I decided to weigh each case and look at the variation in cartridge weights. If there is a large variation then I would think quality control is not very good. Quality ammo is very consistant.

Here is the data.

The average weight of a loaded round was 257.885 grains. The low was 255.3 grains and the high was 260.3. That’s pretty good. The low and high were only 2 grains from the average. That’s pretty consistent. Manufacturing controls seem to be very good. And people say this is junk ammo. Not hardly.

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Here is my digital powder scale with a 7.62×39 round.