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"Current" Surplus 45ACP Ammo Question

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Robert Farrar, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Robert Farrar

    Robert Farrar Well-Known Member

    Hi guys & gals,
    I'm curious if anyone has had any experience with this ammo (apparently US manufacture WWII vintage, boxed in sealed tins, re-imported from Russia).

    Also, I'd like to know where you got it and how much it cost.
    Many thanks,

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2002
  2. g32

    g32 Member

    GI Surplus

    A frienf purchased a tin of this steel case ammo and went to LFI III. He rep[orted that he had zero malfunctions with the surplus ammo and that it smelled a heck of a lot better than Wolf. I didn't get a price from he he just said it was dirt cheap.
  3. Kevlarman

    Kevlarman Well-Known Member

    It's also corrosive, so make sure you clean your gun extremely well to get it all out. Very hot soapy water works, as does solvents with ammonia in it.
  4. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    Is the brass reloadable? Just wondered if the corrosive primers make a difference..
  5. Bottom Gun

    Bottom Gun Well-Known Member

    If it's steel case, you probably shouldn't try to reload it.
    I've been told the steel cases form minute cracks when you size the brass and are not safe.

    Didn't RCBS or one of the reloading equipment companies say something to that effect a while back?

    I don't think corrisive primers make a difference. I've pulled bullets from GI surplus corrosive ammo and reloaded it with new primers in the past.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2002
  6. Penman

    Penman Well-Known Member

    If you're using steel cased ammo in a 1911, have an extra extractor handy. The steel cases aren't as elastic as brass, and place a greater strain on the extractor. I've seen one case in a Colt where the extractor hook broke off when steel cased ammo was used. As noted above, use the cleaning protocols for corrosive primers also.
  7. Robert Farrar

    Robert Farrar Well-Known Member

    Many thanks for your replies. I'm pretty sure that the stuff I'm asking about is brass cased (I could very well be wrong). It is WWII US manufacture that was sent to Russia. They had little use for it, stored it in tins, and have now sold it back to us from what I understand.

  8. Jim V

    Jim V Well-Known Member

    Brass cases are reloadable but won't have the case life as those fired w/no-corrosive primers.

    Clean the pistol well after shooting with Windex w/ ammonia or hot soapy water.

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