Got my M-1 Carbine !! Good source for cheap ammo?


March 21, 2003, 09:29 PM
Hi all. Got my M1 Carbine. I paid $300 out the door. It's a Plainfield Machine model. It has a factory under-folding stock. The bluing is worn some, but the gun is in really good shape. The bore looks good as well. Im happy with it all in all. I havent had a chance to shoot it yet though. Where can I get ammo cheap? I went down to Wallyworld and all they have is Remington UMC at $14 a box of 50! Not exactly cheap. Thats as much as .45acp ammo. Thought I would ask here for an ammo source. Thanks all.

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March 21, 2003, 09:46 PM
Just one quick search:

March 21, 2003, 09:52 PM

I've become a carbine fanatic recently, and have been sourcing ammo. My favorite place for cheap ball is - they have S&B .30 caliber ball for about $8.50 per 50 rounds.

Wideners has Hollow Soft Points (preferred hunting / self defense ammo) for $12.50 per 50:

I also have been finding useful information on be sure to check out my thread here on THR regarding

putting a red dot on an M1 carbine (

Enjoy and be sure to share your observations.


March 22, 2003, 09:18 AM
AIM Surplus, had Armscorp .30 Carbine for a good price recently. It is made in the Philippines. I haven't used any yet, but saw a good report on it on another board.

(edited by Sven to fix URL)

March 22, 2003, 11:58 AM
The Korean mil-surp stuff is good & cheap ..........comes out of the same production machine(s) as the PMC ammo

March 22, 2003, 12:52 PM
Shucks, looks like AIMSurplus is temporarily out of the carbine ammo.

March 22, 2003, 07:22 PM
Cheaper Than Dirt has armscor 30 cal fmj for $8.97/50 rds. It's the Phillipine stuff.

Check out

March 22, 2003, 10:18 PM has Sellier&Bellot for $8.35 per50. I have used this ammo and it works well in each of my National Ordnance Carbines and reloads well also.

Another inexpensive source is around $8.99 per50 of S&B

March 22, 2003, 10:46 PM
The CMP is selling it for around $7 a box.

Dave Markowitz
March 23, 2003, 07:58 PM
If you want USGI surplus .30 Carbine ammo still in the spam can, packed on clips in bandoleers, has it.

March 23, 2003, 09:24 PM

Is that stuff at Ammoman corrosive?

I know that much of the early Lake City stuff is corrosive... thanks for the help.



March 24, 2003, 08:39 AM
Check out these prices...

March 24, 2003, 10:35 AM in the "canned heat" section.

They've got great prices on FMJ as well as soft-point ammo.

March 24, 2003, 02:56 PM
Just ordered some "canned heat" FMJ from Georgia Arms - nice guy over the phone. Also ordered some Wideners Soft Point, only to be informed that they are out of stock!!!

"Too good to be true"

Will report ammo performance at a later date when I have a chance to do some benchrest shooting (and when I get my newly restored and rebarrelled 'shooter' carbine... I'm leaving the pristine Winchester as a 'safe queen').


March 24, 2003, 08:56 PM
I know that much of the early Lake City stuff is corrosive...

Sven, is that true? I'm not saying you're wrong, but I've heard that due to the short-tappet gas system of the M1 Carbine, corrosive ammo is super-bad for it and has never been made for it, even back in the '40s. I know even the Korean Surplus from the '80s is Non-corrosive. I figured IT would be corrosive at the very least.

I'm not saying I'm right and you're wrong, or that you're right and I'm wrong, but when I hear two different pieces of information, I try to get to the bottom of it. :)

"Just the facts ma'am" and all that:D :D

March 24, 2003, 11:55 PM
I'm no expert but I was told that there is virtually no corrosive ammo for that caliber.
Good Luck

Tommy Gunn
March 25, 2003, 01:08 AM
You want cheap ammo?

*click here* (

March 26, 2003, 06:28 PM
Tommy: LOL... good call. What bullet designs have you used?

You may want to share your experiences on my thread here on THR regarding Reloading for the M-1 Carbine (

March 26, 2003, 06:37 PM
Regarding the corrosivity, you may want to check out this chart at Fulton Armory ( showing when Lake City and other facilities began used styphnate (non-corrosive) primers.

My 5 mint boxes of Lake City .30 Carbine ammo headstamped 1943 are definitely corrosive - not that I would want to shoot away history, anyhow.

Hope that helps.

March 30, 2003, 10:20 AM
Sven: How do you know your ammo is corrosive? Like others, I believe no USGI 30 carbine ammo was corrosive. Maybe Korean or other manufacture, but not USGI.

U.S. GI Non-Corrosive Primers ( and scroll down to 30 Carbine.

The Fulton link is a GREAT resource for 30-06, but it chops off some notes from the TM9-1305 doc, and the notes say all 30 carbine is non corrosive: and scroll down to "Useful Information". I wish I could see the actual TM doc to be sure.


March 30, 2003, 11:10 AM
Korean mil-surp .30 Carbine and PMC is the same stuff.........same old USGI US machines from the same plant.

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