New Ammo: Barnaul Introduces New Rifle, Handgun Cartridges

Barnaul Centaur

For 2017, Russian ammunition manufacturer Barnaul announced six new loads. These new loads cover the following calibers:

  • 7.62×39
  • .308 Win
  • .223 Rem
  • 7.62×54
  • 9×19

All the new cartridges are part of the Centaur line. The bullets in the Centaur line are made by Hornady for Barnaul.

7.62×39

Traditionally associated with the AK-47 style of rifle, the 7.62×39 is also used in other weapons. It is used for a range of functions including self-defense, hunting and recreation.

The new load uses a 125 grain FMJ bullet that is loaded to 2,533 fps. Barnaul will sell this in 20 round boxes and 500 round cases.

.308 Win

Another popular .30 caliber cartridge, the .308 Win is an American favorite. For the new year, Barnaul stated it will offer a 177 grain FMJ loaded to 2,395 fps at the muzzle.

.223 Rem

Other than the .22 LR, I suspect that the .223 Remington accounts for more fired rounds than any other rifle cartridge. It should ne no surprise then that Barnaul introduced two new loads for this cartridge.

The first new load is a 55 grain FMJ bullet moving at 3,261 fps when it leaves the barrel. The second new load uses a 62 grain bullet loaded to 3,051 fps.

7.62×54

Made popular in the US by the importation of inexpensive Mosin-Nagant rifles, the 7.62×54 cartridge gets some love from Barnaul. This new load uses a 177 grain FMJ bullet that has a velocity of 2,494 fps at the muzzle. For .308 fans, that is 99 fps faster than the classic Winchester cartridge.

9×19

In expensive 9mm ammo is always in demand, and Barnaul appears to be aiming at this market segment. The rounds use a 115 grain FMJ bullet loaded to 1,329 fps.





Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • MrBrassporkchop

    The packaging looks like it’s for condoms.

    • andrey kireev

      You beat me to it

    • Michigunner

      I get the stink eye from the wife when I buy ammo. Pretty sure that I would get the stink eye If I were to buy condoms. Now when I buy ammo she will think that they are condoms. I swear to god- I can’t win.

      P.S.- feel free to take the whole stink eye -> condom thing and run with it, it is a comment comedy gold mine.

      • iksnilol

        Why would your wife mind you buying condoms?

  • iksnilol

    What kinda bullet is it?

    • Kurt

      In the article “The bullets in the Centaur line are made by Hornady for Barnaul.”

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, still doesn’t say what type. FMJ? TJ? What?

        • Kurt

          The new load uses a 125 grain FMJ bullet
          Barnaul stated it will offer a 177 grain FMJ
          The first new load is a 55 grain FMJ bullet
          This new load uses a 177 grain FMJ bullet that has a velocity of 2,494 fps
          The rounds use a 115 grain FMJ bullet loaded to 1,329 fps

          WTF is reading a lost art or something???

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but is it bimetal or something?

          • Marc

            Feels like an Abbott and Costello skit.

          • Kurt

            projectiles made by hornady what do you think? Or are they zinc,,,copper maybe or maybe some other material. Really could be anything.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, that’s why I am asking.

            Goodness gracious, y’all.

          • Michigunner

            Probably not? I don’t think that Hornady makes a bimetal bullet and I doubt that they would start doing so just for Barnaul.

        • Kurt

          So you did not want to know what kinda bullet???? But what type of bullet,,, I see

          • iksnilol

            That is sorta what kinda bullet.

  • Marc

    What kind of case? Steel or brass?

    • Kurt

      On the package it says steel case 🙁

  • Edeco

    Oooh, that 9mm is spicy, assuming the velocity is from a 4-5″ tube and really happens…

    I prefer my cheap ammo with more snarl rather than less. If doable with pressure the gun is rated for might as well.

    • gunsandrockets

      must be a typo, that seems way too hot

      • Edeco

        Probably, right on the edge of believability, give it maybe a 20% chance of not being BS somehow, possibly being too optimistic due to want.