How Accurate is Tulammo? (is it good enough)

Since I could find no decent answer, I tested it out for myself by shooting over 1,000 rounds in various calibers.

Tulammo is considered a 3 MOA ammo and will generally produce groups between 1 and 3 MOA. This level of accuracy is acceptable and considered ‘combat accurate’. It’s good enough for most military and hunting applications in the world. It has a greater extreme spread, which translates to a compounded reduction of accuracy at with distance. Tulammo is considered good up to 300 yards.

I’ve shot quite a lot of Tulammo the past decade. I’m willing to stake my reputation on this information.

Is Tulammo Accurate Ammunition?

Tulammo is considered moderately accurate ammunition. It is a military-grade ammunition that is equal in precision and accuracy to US made military ammo. It is not match-grade or exemplary in accuracy, but is is good enough for fighting and it is commonly used throughout Europe as hunting ammo. It’s the oldest ammo factory in Europe and is considered one of the better ones.

Now, you’ve probably heard about Tulammo. Things like “it’s dirty” or “it’ll wreck your gun”, or even “can’t hit the broad side of a barn with it”. Let me just show you how it shoots in my guns for starters. Now mind you, I’m not the best sharpshooter but I’m a better shot than average. I shot 200 rounds of Tulammo last Weekend. Here are a few photos.

This was my sight in target. The lower group being my first. Firing distance was 50 yards and these are both about 1-inch groups. That’s about 2 MOA. It was a good average of how it performed in my Bear Creek Arsenal rifle.

After the first two groups, I did some dry firing worked on my breathing technique, and just tried to calm down. I tend to be a little jittery and flinchy, so I work on it at the range. I went on to fire 38 more groups between 50 and 100 yards. I have more pictures coming, keep reading.

That’s only 50 yards, but it’s quite near MOA. And, I had a bit too much coffee and was a bit jittery. Now, nearly 1 MOA is good. Is it good enough? well, most of your 50BMG snipper loads are only 1 MOA. if you can shoot 1 MOA, you have the accuracy to learn to hit a pie tin at 1,000 yards. But, this is only 3 shots and I did have wider groups (shot a total of 40 groups that day.)

For the record, let me clarify something. If you can shoot 2 MOA, you shoot better than about 98 percent of active duty military in the world. and in all honesty, you should. This is America, land of the free. People of the gun.

My next group was one of the best of the day. Still at 50 yards, a half-inch group. Right about at 1 MOA. (we measure from the center of the bullet holes)

This is a .6-inch group fired at 50 yards after initial sight in. That’s about 1.2 MOA. Fired from a bench with a 2×4 rest shooting 7.62×39 Tulammo steel-cased ammo.

Yes, it’s better than my average for the ammo. My average was closer to 1.7 MOA. As far as hunting accuracy, for where I’m hunting, I’ll take that. I’m hunting at up to 200 yards max in the area anyway. Here are a few more target groups to look at.

This is a .78 inch, sub-MOA group from 100 yards. Fired with Tulammo 7.62×39 steel-cased ammo. I’ll take it.
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This group measured 2.02 inches and was shot at 100 yards, That’s 2 MOA which is what I expect with Tulammo in my Rifle.

So, is it accurate? I’d say it’s accurate enough for hunting, target shooting, and wartime. My normal grouping seemed to be about 2 MOA, with a 40-group average of a bit less than that. If I can shoot a 2-inch group at 100 yards, that translates to a 10-inch group at 500 yards as long as I read the wind properly. As much as we like to claim “MOA” from our equipment, a 2 MOA rifle/ammo combination isn’t bad and has certainly put a lot of meat on the table over the last century.

Now, that all comes with a caveat. This ammo tends to shoot well in My rifle, but it may not shoot well in Your rifle. It’s a thing of variability and slightly different specs that don’t make a lot of sense, but I have seen different rifles in the same caliber shoot the same ammo very differently. I’ve seen two of the same rifles shoot the same ammo very differently.

When dealing with cheaper rifles and cheaper ammunition, we see this variability perhaps a bit more. The only functional way to measure it is to try different ammo until you find one that shoots well in your specific rifle. If you’re looking for a cheap ammo option, I’d recommend giving Tulammo a try. Two others worth trying are Barnaul (also labeled as Brown Bear, Silver Bear, and Golden Bear) and Wolf, which is often just rebranded Tulammo and Barnaul anyways.

Jordan Buck

Jordan Buck is an outdoor writer, a man of faith, and a family man. He grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping. Jordan has taught marksmanship, woodsmanship, and self-defense classes. He has earned black belts in four martial arts and is a certified Krav Maga instructor. He also runs his own Gun Blog and YouTube Channel. Jordan enjoys giving his time and resources to help others and has spent 15 years volunteering in a boy's mentoring program He is and will always be an American Patriot. MOLON LABE

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