Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bbqreloader, Nov 13, 2020.
I've shot quite a bit of WWII dated .303 ammo from my LE with no problems. No reason to believe your .30-06 will be any different.
If ammo is stored properly, it will last a very long time. Of course you don't know if this particular ammo was but the easy way to find out is take it to the range.
I believe your head stamp is TW 52
Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant
Looks like USGI primer sealant to me.
Ammunition packaging appears to be good, I'd pull the ugliest cartridge, and if no signs of decay, I'd shoot it.
That's me suggestion, too. Pop a bullet or two... if the powder isn't clumpy or nasty, load it up and shoot it!
Ain’t nothing more fun then shooting free ammo.
All kidding aside, your ammo is fine and non corrosive, like others have pointed out. Go shoot it and have a great time.
You said you have several. I only count 4.
"turn it in for destruction" What ???
So ... how would that work?
Would you take it to the local office of the Colorado State Department of Old Ammunition Destruction?
I would sell that entire loaded bando online.
I am not a Collector of vintage ammunition but there are many out there who might pay a premium for such an item.
Isn't four several? Anyway, missing from the picture is a long barreled Turk. Maybe five is "several"?
Our Sheriffs office takes it as found property and does a monthly destruction. Also my local GC has an armorer that takes it and since they contract with an armorers school, will hand it over to them to tear apart and learn
Wow. Learn something new every day.
Hmmm....I wonder what they learn when they remove the unfired primers from crimped pockets?
Once you have 50 or more you will be in @GunnyUSMC territory.
I don't want to clean that many!
Here’s just a few in the background.
And then here’s just my collection of Turkish Mausers.
Collecting and shooting was much more fun when prices were better. I feel bad for the guys that are just getting into surplus guns.
But back on topic.
Whenever dealing with surplus ammunition, you should always check for corrosion on the ammo. If the ammo just looks dirty, you should pull a couple of round down and inspect the base of the bullet and the powder.
The OP’s ammo is clean and in very good condition, along with the backing.
If you ever have old ammo that you just wish to dispose of, contacts your local Law enforcement. Most often they will take it and destroy it.
....except when it's worth $200, and that's when they take it to the local gun store to sell for them. Sheriffs aren't entirely stupid.
Trust me, some are.
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