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Old Ammo

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by joken, May 15, 2015.

  1. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Got some good looking 45 year old 300 H&H ammo. Just shoot it or seat the bullets until they pop loose to prevent pressure problems? What's your opinion?
     
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  2. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I've shot lots and lots of super old 30-06 ball of various vintage.. of course being military, the primers and necks were lacquered.. they all went bang no probs.
    Your call. Maybe they are collectible and would fetch a fair price?
    Who made it/particulars?
     
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  3. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yellow box Winchester Super X and green box Remington I believe. Don't feel like walking out to the shop to make sure. From the 70's I'd guess.
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I'd just shoot it.
     
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  5. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Shoot it.
     
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  6. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I've got several hundred rounds of 30-06 ammo that's just about 100 years old... Guess what, it still shoots great and can hold 1.75" group at 100 yards!!!
     
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  7. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Unless it is all corroded, just shoot it. From the 70's is not old at all. By subject line I thought you meant something from the 1890's 1910's or 1920's LOL
     
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  8. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Joken, is that your dog in your avatar? Pray tell elaborate on that snagglepuss
     
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  9. Provincial

    Provincial Near Salem, OR Well-Known Member

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    My wife found a .22 Long Rifle Golden Bullet while cleaning up a rental. She handed it to me and I forgot to take it out of my jeans pocket when I put them in the wash.

    She found it in the washer, and left it out. I decided to see if it survived the ordeal and fired it. It went off just normal! :D
     
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  10. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Not mine. I saw is somewhere and it seemed fitting.
     
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  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Cool. I was worried there a bit. lol
     
  12. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    70's is new in ammo land, I have stuff from the 30's that works fine. Got quite a bit of WWII stuff that all works too
     
  13. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I just like the old boxes. About half my collection are full boxes, the other half empty. Anywhere from early early cartridge up to the early 80's. I've attempted to shoot some of the old commercial ammo and had various luck. A few rounds of .30-40 krag made me look like a goof as I stood there making sure the misfire wasn't just a hangfire...

    So now I just leave the old ammo in the boxes. Makes for a nice display in my shop. Need to figure out a better way to display them, as the shelf is getting too full...
     
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  14. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I have half a box of live 40-82 and some empty brass......I also have the tool to mold the bullets, and process/reload the brass. Also have the Winchester Mod. '86 that shoots, used to shoot the cartridge. I'm thinking the live rounds are mid '40s, as I believe that's when my dad most likely picked up the gun.
     
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  15. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Don't say "old Ammo" from the seventies, I'm still shooting some .270 hand loads from 73.
    OK, maybe I am old. Geese!
     
  16. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    We can say whatever we want.. you'll never hear us!

    Just kidding!
     
  17. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Whaat?:D
     
  18. jricker3

    jricker3 Klamath Falls, OR Active Member

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    Don't think of it as old, just well seasoned.
     
  19. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I've gotten some rounds from the 1950's in my Greek HXP from CMP. They all go bang just like the newer ones.
     
  20. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Handsome little guy!

    Shoot it, like others have mentioned '70's isn't old!