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Shooting .30 Carbine ammo from 1945?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hqmhqm, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. hqmhqm

    hqmhqm Well-Known Member

    I have a CMP M1 carbine (two actually), and I recently
    bought some old ammo from someone at my club. Some of it is military ammo in cardboard boxes marked 1945 or thereabouts.
    It looks fine, I am wondering if there are any issues to
    shooting it safely, or if it is a collectors item?
  2. Jeremy2171

    Jeremy2171 Well-Known Member

    Its safe to shoot but I won't shoot an unopened box of ww2 anymore unless I have too..

    Good N/C boxer primed ammo as well...
  3. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind that while the 1945 ammo is safe to shoot, it is also corrosive and must be dealt with as such.
  4. cdrt

    cdrt Well-Known Member

    One of the first things I ever learned about the M1 Carbine is, that all U.S. manufactured ammo from the very beginning was NOT corrosive. Now, if your 1945 stuff was made by someone else (highly unlikely), it might be corrosive. I have seen some foreign carbine ammo that is corrosive, but if what you have is U.S., it is not.
  5. LouB

    LouB Member

    shooting .30 Carbine ammo from 1945

    The only M1 Carbine ammo that is corrosively primer is Chinese counterfeited "LC 52" ammo. All other M1 Carbine ammo is non-corrosive.

    I shot and chronographed some LC 1944 ammo and it was 100% functioning and ballistically it was the same as current manufactured Win USA M1 carbine ammo.

  6. kBob

    kBob Well-Known Member

    My understanding is that all USGI .30 Carbine ammo is non corrosive.

    When I was a kid I shot a lot of French 7.5 Carbine ammo that was berdan and I treated it like it was corrosive....hot water, USGI Rifle Bore CLeaner, light oil and repeat in three days. The ammo was CHEAP-CHEAP-CHEAP at a local grocery store. When Carbine bayonets were higher priced than they are now and in 1970 dollars (more than a highschool kid made in a week) I traded a Japanese made copy to the son of the grocery for several hundred rounds.

    My understanding was that there was some Dominican Republic carbine ammo that like the .30-06 there was made actually by Winchester in the US.

    -Bob Hollingsworth
  7. Outlaws

    Outlaws Well-Known Member

    I don't know why you would shoot US ammo marked 1945. Everything from WW2 is collectible....except ammo apparently.
  8. hqmhqm

    hqmhqm Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's a good point. I've got six boxes of the stuff, it's actually 1943 stamped. Three of them are unopened, and I will save those. The other three have
    been opened, and there's some mixed stuff in there, some with a headstamp of '51', so I don't think they would have as much collectibility about them, so I might was well shoot them, or maybe try putting them up on Gunbroker and see if anyone is willing to buy the whole lot...


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