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Blue tip ammo? 30-06

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by PDshooter, Feb 15, 2003.

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  1. PDshooter

    PDshooter Member

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    A friend of mine gave me some 30-06 on links. The tip of the bullets are blue. Now if there were black they would be AP. Red tracer,
    What's blue?
     
  2. Blackcloud6

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    Blue usually means "Inert" or "training ammuniton (non-firing)." However for small arms ammuntion, training ammunition, the cases usually have 3 holes in them or have a ridges so you can feel the rounds and know they will not firing. I've never seen them with blue tips.
     
  3. PDshooter

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    OH NO!
    I asure you these go "Bang"
     
  4. Navy joe

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    According to my handy FM 23-5 for U.S. Rifle Caliber .30, M1 the blue tip ammo is designated Incendiary, M1. "This cartridge is used against unarmored, flammable targets. The tip of the bullet is painted blue."
     
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  5. greg531mi

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    I got some too...How much are they worth?
     
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    PDshooter,
    What is the impact area that you are using for the "Blue Tips"? I would be careful of where they land if they are inciendiary. Quantrill
     
  7. Blackcloud6

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    Interesting. TM 43-0001-27, Army Ammunition Data Sheets, Small Caliber Ammuniton, April 1994, w Ch 4 lists Cartridge, Caliber .30, Armor Piercing Incendiary, M14 as having an aluminum bullet tip.

    Are yours blue painted or appear to be blue metallic?

    What is the headstamp?
     
  8. Navy joe

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    Yes, keep reading. The M14 is used in place of the M2 AP where API effect is desired.
    The blue tip M1 is not AP, only incendiary.
     
  9. Blackcloud6

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    TM 43-0001-27, Army Ammunition Data Sheets, Small Caliber Ammuniton, April 1994, w Ch 4 only lists these cartridges for .30 Caliber:

    Ball, High Pressure test, M1
    Tracer, M11
    Armor Piercing, M2
    Ball, M2
    Grenade, M3
    Armor Piercing Incendiary, M14
    Ball, Frangible M22
    Tracer, M25
    Dummy, M40
    Ball, Match M72
    Blank, M1909
     
  10. braindead0

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    I thought I had some blue-tipped '06 ammo that was frangible.. painted blue, not blue-anodized alum..
     
  11. Navy joe

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    This is stuff from an older time built around Garands I suppose. The highly up to date book I'm using dates 1965. I would have to assume that all of these types are long since out of production as there is no .30-06 in our military anymore.
     
  12. Jon Coppenbarger

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    in the 30-06 garand ammo the ammo went like this:

    plain copper coated+ ball
    red tipped= tracer
    blue tipped= incenderary
    silver bullet= a.p. incenderary
    black tipped= a.p.


    I hope that helps. and yes its getting harder to find the red,blue and silver.
     
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    Don't shoot it. Save it.
     
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