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Old 01-05-2020, 04:20 PM
cav_cdr cav_cdr is offline
 
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Originally, the cartridges were packed (by Chrysler and other manufacturers) in boxes of heavy, double-dipped wax paper and placed in wooden crates. Those packages didn't do so well in jungle environments so, Ordnance asked Chrysler to re-pack them in the vacuum-sealed cans - what we call the 'spam' cans. Several cans were packed in wooden crates. Great for preserving the cartridges. Here's a photo of one. [IMG][/IMG]
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Old 01-05-2020, 06:37 PM
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EC marked Evansville Chrysler
EC-S Evansville Chrysler -Sunbeam


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Old 01-05-2020, 07:42 PM
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Here's the can I described. Thanks for the replies about "Repacked" It makes sense, as they have 1943 headstamps. Thanks for the decode about Evansville Chrysler and Sunbeam

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Old 01-05-2020, 07:46 PM
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Steel cased. EC 43 headstamp

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And the box

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Old 01-16-2020, 07:50 AM
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Originally, the cartridges were packed (by Chrysler and other manufacturers) in boxes of heavy, double-dipped wax paper and placed in wooden crates. Those packages didn't do so well in jungle environments so, Ordnance asked Chrysler to re-pack them in the vacuum-sealed cans - what we call the 'spam' cans. Several cans were packed in wooden crates. Great for preserving the cartridges. Here's a photo of one.
A bit of a sidetrack here, but in the book “shots fired in anger”, the author talks about the wonders of US logistics and packaging in getting ammo halfway across the globe to the jungle in good condition so it could be counted on to work every time. Japanese ammo was often substandard and failed in jungle conditions on Guadalcanal.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:04 AM
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At this point in history, I would think that the value of any ww2 boxed ammo as a collectible would be greater than than the cost of modern ammo. Especially when taking into account the better accuracy and reliability of fresh ammo.

If nothing else save the empty boxes for sure.

Loose ammo with just the old heads stamps to go by might be a different story.
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