Old Reloads

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by bigNtall, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. bigNtall

    bigNtall
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    I was recently given some old 30-06 rounds about 120 rounds. Upon closer inspection they are reloads. There are a couple of boxes with reload labels from 1973. So I am assuming they are all reloads. I am sure they would be fine to shoot but its just not for me.

    The question is I am unwilling to shoot them so what to due with them?
     
  2. the4thshake

    the4thshake
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    The bullets could be pulled and the brass can be reloaded.
     
  3. Blinky

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    IF you don't reload yourself, just give them to someone who does and they can take them apart for you.
     
  4. bigNtall

    bigNtall
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    I reload myself I suppose I could pull the bullets and reuse them. Not a big fan of reusing the brass . For one 35+ years old and I do not know how many times they have been reloaded or if they were reloaded HOT in the past
     
  5. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55
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    When I have been given ammo that I am not sure about I take it apart keep the bullets for plinking and scrape the brass
     
  6. therifleman

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    1973? Im still shooting stuff my deceased father and I reloaded when I got discharged from the military that year! WHATS THE PROBLEM? Ever shoot ww2 surplus ammo? I found some in puget sound in about 80 ft of water while diving one time and cleaned it up and it shot ok too.
     
  7. NK777

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    Honestly I'd test a few that were labeled 1973 and if they shot fine without any pressure signs I'd go ahead and trust them.
     
  8. ogre

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    I have a rule that the only reloads I will shoot are my own. If these rounds were mine I would pull the bullets for further use and use the dumped powder on my rose bushes.
     
  9. bigNtall

    bigNtall
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    This is my rule also

    The age of them does not bother me but by rifle means more to me than a few rounds of ammo.

    Right now I am planning on pulling the bullets unless someone wants to take them off my hands for free. But I will take no responsibility for them.
     
  10. jib

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    I don't shoot other peoples reloads and I won't wear their underwear either :)
     
  11. MountainBear

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    You should be able to see signs of excessive pressure on the brass. Stretching, split necks, and other visible problems should tell you if the brass is okay. I agree with everyone else. Pull the components, add your own powder, and re-set the bullets. Dump the old powder on the plants...
     

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