Old .30 Caliber Ammo


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FPrice
July 21, 2005, 11:51 AM
A friend bought a bag of various old ammo into the shop the other day, partially to get it identified and partly hoping that someone would get rid of it for him. I took these two packs to photograph them and see if there is any interest amondst ammo collectors. He has maybe two-three more in slightly worse condition. They date from right around 1900 by stamps on the packaging. I think it is .30-03 ammo, am I correct?

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enfield
July 21, 2005, 12:24 PM
No, I don't think it's .30-03. I believe '03 is a rimless ctg. .30-40 Krag?

http://stevespages.com/jpg/cd3040krag.jpg

SDC
July 21, 2005, 12:43 PM
Yep, 30-40 Krag ammo; what are the headstamps?

Gewehr98
July 21, 2005, 01:00 PM
Because it was called ".30 Army" or ".30 U.S. Army" or even ".30 USA" back when it was issued. The rim is the giveaway, and it looks a lot like another period rifle cartridge, the .303 British round.

Now, since you mentioned it, I'm restoring an original Model 1898 U.S. Krag rifle to full military, as-issued condition. In other words, the rifle that ammo was made for. So i'm very much interested.

How much does he want for the ammo and boxes? I think they would look great in a display along with the Krag and bayonet when I finish the project. ;)

45crittergitter
July 21, 2005, 01:39 PM
Lessee, 30 caliber mfg. @ Frankford for an 1898 magazine rifle for the army. Can't be anything BUT .30-40 Krag, can it?

Jim K
July 21, 2005, 11:44 PM
That military ammunition headstamp won't say ".30-40" or ".30 Army". The headstamp will be F A and the last two digits of the year of manufacture.

Jim

KriegHund
July 27, 2005, 03:19 AM
Magazine Rifle 1898 sounds like a Krag...

FPrice
July 27, 2005, 07:54 AM
That military ammunition headstamp won't say ".30-40" or ".30 Army". The headstamp will be F A and the last two digits of the year of manufacture.

Actually Mr. Keenan is right on. Except that it appears to have both the month (digit) and last two digits of the year. Looks like this stuff will be going to a forum member who is restoring a Krag.

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