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Old 03-12-2018, 06:08 PM
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When did Lake City discontinue manufacture of M72 match ammo? I just found one piece of .30/06 marked LC 78 NM in a pile of once fired brass I was sorting and got me curious.

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Old 03-12-2018, 06:21 PM
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1968 was the last year for LC produced M72.
Don't know what your 78' NM case is from.
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:38 PM
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1968 was the last year for LC produced M72.
Don't know what your 78' NM case is from.
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:00 PM
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You sure it's 30.06 and not 7.62/.308?

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The final lot of M72 was manufactured by Lake City AAP in 1968. LC also packaged the remaining ammunition from 1967 in 1968 cartons and boxes so you'll find some over-lap. LC also manufactured empty Match cases and bullets for sale through the old DCM so any cartridges that you find with dates later than 1968 will be handloads. The date most often seen is LC 78.

The decision to stop the manufacture of M72 was mostly the result of declining demand due to the use of the 7.62mm NATO and the M14 NM rifle.

The last 7.62mm NATO M118 Match was manufactured in 1982. The last M852 in 1996.

The M118 Special Ball is considered by some to be match ammunition but it's not. The same with the M118 LR. Both of those are called "competition" ammunition but that's the closest they come to being Match.

The change in public attitude regarding federal monies being spent to promote shooting was a big factor in the decisions to discontinue manufacture at Frankford Arsenal and Lake City. Rule changes that permitted the use of handloads and/or commercial ammunition in the EIC matches at Camp Perry was the final nail.

AFAIK all 45 ACP Match ammunition was manufactured by the major manufacturers on contract. I don't know when the last was manufactured. I don't think 5.56x45 match ammuntion was ever produced by Frankford or LC.
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:07 PM
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Positive it's .30/06.

Looks like it was a component and not loaded ammo then. Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:43 PM
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1968 was the last year Lake City loaded Match M72 ammo. The final lot number was 12258. However, Lake City did manufacture a run of brass only, headstamped LC78 NM, and was available for sale; as new, unfired, brass only, from the DCM. This brass was never "factory" loaded.
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