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Old 06-11-2018, 04:47 PM
geeko geeko is offline
 
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Default WWII Surplus Ammo

When I got my early Inland, it also came with a Thompson mag bag full of nearly 600 rounds of .30 Carbine. I recently looked at the ammo, and it think it all has head stamps that date it from 1942-1944. It looks like it has a patina, so I shot 5 rounds of it to test them, and those worked, although a couple had ruptured cases.

Is this ammo something that people have interest in as a collector's item? My original intent was to just shoot it, but now I'm having second thoughts.
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:20 PM
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Not an easy question. Short answer is yes I suspect there is a fairly high degree of collectability for the ammo, but not sure what kind of premium you could get for 600 loose.
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Old 06-11-2018, 06:08 PM
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.30 carbine, like other obsolete/discontinued USGI ammo, especially non corrosive, sells at a nice premium when in original boxes, or clips & bandoleers, and in the original cans.
Loose ammo WWII noncorrosive, maybe worth .05-.10 cents a round over what commercial currently is, imo.
I'd shoot it.
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:02 PM
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Ruptured cases would have me concerned about shooting it?
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:45 PM
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I had some WWII Winchester that when shot had mostly ruptured cases. I shot fresh ammo and no ruptured cases, So I think the brass is brittle. There was a war on when it was made.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:40 PM
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Just playing devil's advocate here: they aren't making any more WW2 Carbine ammo -- hundred year anniversary of WW2 is coming up. While a good question is: "what's it worth now," I'd also consider the question "What'll it be worth in a couple decades?" I probably won't be around then - you might, or your heirs might. It'll be a novelty heirloom if nothing else. Or shoot it up and leave some genuine WW2 brass behind...
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:21 PM
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Ruptured cases are not unusual with WW2 carbine ammo. I have had quite a few PC cases rupture on first firing. Brass is getting brittle with age. Split down the side.
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Old 06-15-2018, 03:41 PM
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Haven't shot WWII vintage carbine ammo, lots of 70s stuff, never seen a case ruptured. Are there any ill effects such as chamber pitting? I have had primer blowback on an M1 and that caused a pit on the bolt face from the escaping gas. But that was a more concentrated escape path.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:41 PM
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I have fired at lot of WWII carbine and still have some WWII loose ammo to shoot. Fired it in several GI carbines of mine and never had any case problems.
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Old 06-18-2018, 04:59 PM
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Well, I decided, at least for now, to keep the WWII ammo in reserve, and I ordered a case of IMI surplus ammo.

I'm not too worried about the ruptured cases, I haven't had any with the S&B ammo I was using, although I did have ruptures when I got some cheap new-production but not big name ammo.
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