Taofledermaus Wants to Know: Can You ID This Mystery Round?

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There’s nothing like a mystery round to pique the interest of gun aficionados all around the internet, and thanks to Taofledermaus, of Youtube fame, there’s a new one. A viewer apparently sent Taofledermaus two mystery shotgun slugs, so he took a close look and sent them down-range to find out just what they were capable of doing. The rounds delivered nice penetration capabilities – well, at 100 yards, anyway – it’s just too bad he only had two rounds to work with.

Originally Taofledermaus believed the rounds to be Latvian, but after some extensive research – and after already having posted the video below on Youtube – he made a discovery as to their origin. Rather than make this too easy, here’s the video, and the answer of their origin will be posted below.

Taofledermaus said he discovered these are Poleva bullets dating back to Russia’s Soviet era. What do you guys think? Did he get it right, and if so, what do you all know about Poleva bullets?

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  • Spotr Spotr on Aug 19, 2015

    The article shows 2 different things. The first is a picture of Vyatka projectiles (projectile is same diameter as the push-cup and internal barrel gauge). That is not what he fired. The internal round components used in the video was a Poleva shotgun hunting round (projectile is smaller than the push-cup).

    K16 on the bottom possibly means 16 gauge (калибр 16)

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    • Vasily Vasily on Aug 21, 2015

      @cs Erm, I'm from there, actually, it's still ok here :) I'm pointing at the price, 25 kop.= quarter of a ruble, riding a streetcar costs me 15 RUR now.

  • Sterling Mayes Sterling Mayes on Sep 10, 2015

    Anyone know where to buy these? Or perhaps suggestions for smoothbore slugs that might be accurate past 100 yds?