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.30 carbine ammo

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Howser87, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Howser87

    Howser87 Member

    Since the new Call Of Duty game World at War came out my wife has seemed to have rediscovered her interest in guns, thankfully we share the favorite.

    The Springfield M1 Carbine WWII Era.

    Well we were playing the other night when her grandmother who we are staying with looked at the gun in the game and said "I know that gun, when Bill [her brother] died I found that gun in his living room under the couch with a full clip in it" I didn't both trying to tell her the difference between a clip and magazine at the time but it got me interested. She pulled me into the other room and produced from the closet a fairly good condition M1 Carbine. She told me if I can keep it clean and shoot it I can have it.

    Cleaning wasn't a problem, Bill was good with his guns apparently and he has only been gone under a year now. The problem I am having is shooting it, the ammo that is still in the 2 magazines that are with the gun (un-loaded now of course) has a little corrosion on it and I don't want to put that into the gun.

    I don't know what is a good buy on .30 carbine ammo and more then that what brands will shoot well in that caliber. I can most likely find it someplace locally, here in town are a couple small shops, but ordering online isn't a problem either.

    My question is, to those who own/have owned an M1 Carbine, what .30 Carbine ammo do you recommend?

    PS. Can post pics of the gun if anyone is interested.
  2. Deckard

    Deckard Well-Known Member

    Buy from The CMP. 500 .30 carbine rounds for around $150 gives you a heck of a lot of fun.
  3. Howser87

    Howser87 Member

    CMP is where I actually ended up first, good price and I am assuming good ammo, but there is a 5 month backorder.
  4. Deckard

    Deckard Well-Known Member

    Didn't know about the shortage, but I'd still say they're your best bet. Get on the waiting list and try to find the best price at your local shops in the meantime.
  5. LibShooter

    LibShooter Well-Known Member

    The cheaper Remington FMJ works better in my Universal than the more expensive stuff. About $16 for 50 rounds at Wal-Mart (When they have it.) Hey, if it will work in a Universal it'll work in anything.;)
  6. Wesson Smith

    Wesson Smith Well-Known Member

    S&B .30 Carbine works great in mine. My local shop gets
    it in periodically, a couple cases at a time, so it's out there
  7. Fburgtx

    Fburgtx Well-Known Member

    The ammo from the CMP (mentioned before) is probably the best deal out there. It's Aguila. Functions fine, but is DIRTY and seems to shoot a little slow (and low). You can get Wolf for $2-$3 cheaper per box, but it also seems underpowered and I (and many others) have had feeding/jamming issues.
  8. jackdanson

    jackdanson Well-Known Member

    Good deal on the rifle! Yeah, I'd backorder from CMP and buy the remington stuff from wally world until you get it. My store always seems to have it in stock and its reasonably priced.
  9. Howser87

    Howser87 Member

    I honestly and stupidly overlooked the local wal-mart here, mostly because they sell out of 9mm within a couple hours every shipment.

    I will check them out the next time I am in.
  10. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    You were given a $500-700 gun for free.

    Treat yourself and don't worry about the cost of the ammo.
  11. CapnMac

    CapnMac Well-Known Member

    I prefer buying the S&B, then the WWB when possible. However, since about June, there just have not been many options at all in .30carbine.
    Which seems to fit into the general scarcity going on right now.
    If that means anything, as with all of the other scarcities, it's just too hard to tell.
  12. ulflyer

    ulflyer Well-Known Member

    M1 Carbine

    Tell us more about the carbine. What brand name is under the rear sight, serial number, whats written on barrel, what letters are in sling well, any other marks on stocks?
    Does it have crossed cannon on right side and/or letters?

    Dang, and you haven't even got into the innards yet! Nearly every part of a carbine has the makers mark on it.

    And post some pics if you can. :)
  13. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Not that it matters, but Springfield Armory didn't make Carbines.
    When I was gathering brass, long ago, I used Winchester .30 Carbine. Some Remington too. Nothing but my reloaded ammo now.
    Be extra nice to grandma.
  14. JWF III

    JWF III Well-Known Member

    Buy whatever kind you can find now-a-days. My carbines are not picky at all. Plinkers only, never have done any serious accuracy testing on them. Try Georgia Arms, I've had good luck from everything I've ever bought from them. Others may tell you otherwise, but I've gone through thousands of rounds, in multiple calibers, without any glitch.

  15. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    Definitely save the brass when you shoot up whatever ammo you get. I understand .30 Carbine is pretty easy to reload.

    Honestly, I just got into reloading after years of being intimidate by the idea. Spent $30 on a Lee Hand Press, $25 on dies, and now I can reload .32 H&R for about 7c a shot, instead of 40c a shot storebought.

    You might want to just consider getting a reloading kit. The Lee Hand Press and all my gear (except for the bottle of powder) fits in a toolbox about the size of a shoebox, and I can take it out, load, and put it away with no fuss.

    Just another option to consider. Once you pay the initial start-up costs of the tools and brass, the loads are probably 12c or less per shot.
  16. Wesson Smith

    Wesson Smith Well-Known Member

    Au, contraire! I own one! Maybe you mean wartime production?
  17. Palo

    Palo Active Member

  18. Cannonball888

    Cannonball888 Well-Known Member

    It was a good deal, I bought 1000 rds of Federal from The Sportsmans Guide before the frenzy. Looks like they're out of it now.
  19. dscottw88

    dscottw88 Well-Known Member

    CMP offers Aguila ammunition which worked great in my carbine. I used wolf without issues too, but I wouldn't feel comfortable putting that into something like the carbine anymore.

    On another note, Why don't these stories happen to me? A lot of people lucking out here. Congrats on the new rifle, carbines are really fun!
  20. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Remington Hollow point used to be the bomb as an antipersonnel/hunting load. But I heard there is a new loading by somebody just out that SOUNDS killer (pun intended).

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