.303 milsurp to keep your eye open for


October 11, 2008, 09:54 PM
I've got an Enfield to feed, and I know that most of the milsurp in this country has dried up.
However, it does come along once in a while, and I was wondering, what is the good stuff? What should I hunt for?
I intend to do a bit of shopping around, and I want to buy ammo in large quantities, so what's good?

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October 11, 2008, 09:57 PM
Anything that isn't Pakistani.
Seriously, 303 surplus is long gone, and what little is left is 99% garbage, in my experiance. I reload for mine, only way to keep shooting.

October 11, 2008, 10:03 PM
You had the guy who picked up some Greek a while back.
Basically, what I am asking for is what was the good stuff when it was readily available? That will be the stuff to watch out for.
Anything that isn't Pakistani? (I know POF is bad)

October 11, 2008, 10:06 PM
PP is good non corrosive ammo.Not complete bargain priced ammo but will be better accuracy wise also for commercial loads.


October 11, 2008, 11:21 PM
The cheapest decent 303 is the South African commercial PMP fodder, followed by the Prvi.

October 11, 2008, 11:46 PM
Also a good time to get into reloading.

October 12, 2008, 02:27 AM
Greek HXP headstamped if you can find any. Boxer primed and reloadable. In order to shoot 303 with any thought toward economoy you need to reload at todays prices. Think the HXP was 134 dollars per 1,000 rds delivered but that was about 20 yrs back.

October 12, 2008, 01:47 PM
Greek is excellent, and reloadable. South African surplus (labeled 7.7x56R) is also really good, though not reloadable.

Deer Hunter
October 12, 2008, 01:55 PM
Reloading in dorm rooms is kind of looked down upon.

October 12, 2008, 01:56 PM
Greek HXP, 1950's FN, Actual SA made surplus not arsenal repacked floor sweepings of misc Brit & common wealth 303 ammo. Yugo MkVIIz

The only really bad hit a miss not worth risk ammo is Pakistani POF and old 1940's-50's cordite loaded surplus

October 12, 2008, 06:26 PM
I've got a 100 rounds of the Greek 303 I'm not using. Anyone wants 100 rounds for $40 + shipping from 98188 (Seattle) just email me at 8mmman@comcast.net

October 12, 2008, 08:08 PM
I have some IRAQI .303. Anyone know what it's like?

October 12, 2008, 08:16 PM
^^ i have never heard of iraqi .303

its probably decent and made under british supervision

October 12, 2008, 08:27 PM
Bought it about 15 years ago. I'm sure it's corrosive as all get out.

Headstamp looks like a C with the top cross from a T on top with a delta triangle (C^) at 12o'clock and what looks like 1909 at 6 o'clock.

October 12, 2008, 08:44 PM
I can also vouch for both the Jugoslavian & South African ammo. Both shoot very clean & are non-corosive. I found the Jugo to be the more accurate of the two in my No.4 Lee Enfield. Both are berdan primed, but I've been reloading them with good results, but I like to tinker with that kind of stuff! Another good round is the Sellier & Bellot, I bought a couple of hundred FMJs a few years ago & it was excellent & boxer primed.
Here's some photos of the packaging for the South African (50 round box) & Jugoslavian (15 round box) in case you run into some.



October 12, 2008, 09:53 PM
I have some IRAQI .303. Anyone know what it's like?

I have a bit of that myself, bought about the same time ago when I lived in Colo. I liked it primarily because it came in 50 round bandoleers loaded on stripper clips. Wish I'd bought more.....

October 12, 2008, 10:03 PM
Reloading in dorms rooms: don't ask, don't tell. Worked for me back in the day.

Besides, most colleges wouldn't care if you did something else more politically correct, like sex with animals or hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail in their rooms.

October 12, 2008, 10:11 PM
I also have some of that Iraqi stuff squirreled away. Got it at a gun show around 1991. I have about 100 rounds in cardboard boxes, and a bandoleer of stripper clips.

I'm keeping it as a last ditch supply for the Zombie attack.


Representative Iraqi headstamp.



October 12, 2008, 11:05 PM
You guys are nuts...
As weird as it may be, I like Texas A&M.
I'd rather not get expelled from the school for "setting up a munitions factory" on campus.
I am sure I will reload as soon as I live off campus, but as long as I live in a dorm, well... I'm paying good money for an education here.
As important as my Enfield is to me, college is more important.

October 12, 2008, 11:39 PM
^^ i have never heard of iraqi .303
I have a box of the stuff as well, made in 1959 (IIRC). It's neat stuff, but I haven't shot any of it. The 'crimp' marks on the neck are very similar to the same on early 1930s British surplus that I have. It makes since considering Iraq was once under English control.

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