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Plastic Cartridges?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by taylor, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I was at Rickreall today and bought a box of .38 special ammo,made by USAC in Washington and when I got home I opened it up and the cases are PLASTIC! it came with a little booklet showing how to RELOAD these.
    Anybody ever hear of this?
     
  2. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have heard of plastic cased PRACTICE type ammo. You load them with a PRIMER only, and a rubber 'bullet'. I actually have some of these in .38 Special. They are pretty old, and were made by SPEER. Neat item.

    I can't imagine them being 'real' full power loads though. BE CAREFUL with what you have!!!
     
  3. HahnsXD

    HahnsXD Battle Ground WA Active Member

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    Actually I was up shooting today and found several 12 gauge shells that were full plastic, no brass..
     
  4. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    These are full power, in the enclosed booklet they give detailed instructions for reloading, powders etc. with around 900fps average.
     
  5. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that is interesting. Never heard of such a thing being full power. Be CAREFUL with them! :)
     
  6. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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  7. smithmax

    smithmax here Member

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    They are for hunting, don't have to worry about metal corroding in the elements. At least that's what the old timers tell me.
     
  8. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

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    I have had a few boxes of those 38s. They date back a while but they are quality ammo for practice. I never had any issues with any of it and probably ran 1000 rounds of the stuff through my various guns. I believe it was meant as cheap practice ammo when it was introduced. I would pass on it for carry ammo as I like newer brass cased stuff for that but that's me :)
     
  9. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I figured. It must have been made for practice, its a 158grn. FMJ but loaded down. It came with loading instructions and recommended lower amounts of powders compared to similar brass type ammo.
    Its interesting that theres no sizing involved in reloading, and the bullet is pressed down until it "snaps" in place.
     
  10. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    I shot quite a few of those after reloading them,I'll bet it's been 25 years ago.shot fine,reloaded fine.
    I have a case of the 12 guage Activ shells in the shop,they shot and reloaded fine also.
     
  11. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    The box is dated 1986 so your right about the time. I got them at Rickreall Gun Show yesterday and the man had dozens of boxes for sale, the show is open again today.