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Old 07-16-2017, 10:14 PM
Farmer-Ted Farmer-Ted is online now
 
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Default M2 Ball from Utah Ordnance Plant ??

How rare is M2 ball from the Utah Ordnance plant? I can't find much info in it. I guess the plant was not open very long.

I just aquired 320 rds loose with a headstamp of U 43. Cases are clean, very little tarnish. Purple colored primer sealant. Any idea on the value of it? Not selling since I live in Utah. Notice small and larger U between the cases.



Purchase also included 400-ish rounds of DEN 42 loose and 140 rds in 7 boxes. Plus some commercial .30-06 and some reloads.


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Old 07-16-2017, 10:35 PM
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I've never seen much value/collector interest in loose WWII M2 ball rounds, and being corrosive not much shooter interest. Clean sealed boxes I've seen go for $25-$30 at times. Someone might pay .60-70 ea for it
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:13 AM
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The Utah Ordnance Plant produced ball, armor piercing, and tracer rounds in .30 caliber. It operated from early 1942 until the end of 1943, and during that time produced over 1.2 billion rounds. Boxes from the plant are uncommon, but as Craftsman stated, loose rounds can be found. I bought a large lot of loose WWII ball several years ago, which was almost half Utah, and paid $.50 a round. My Utah box was harder to find.

I have replica 20 round .30 caliber boxes with a Denver ball label, if you are interested in something to store them in. A Utah ball label will be available soon as well.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:20 AM
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Not to mention they had an earlier headstamp of "UT 42" before changing to "U 42".

I got a bunch of both 20 years ago that was delinked. I imagine boxed UT 42 ammo may be worth a little more..just a guess..
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:38 PM
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I just went back and looked at my loose Utah rounds. All 129 rounds are headstamped "U T 42". Nothing from 1943.
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:24 PM
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I just went back and looked at my loose Utah rounds. All 129 rounds are headstamped "U T 42". Nothing from 1943.
I'm shooting the last few hundred of mine up...they weren't stored well and have some duds. I did get 2.25" 3 shot group out of an M1917 this week so it's still accurate. I may run some over a chrony to check the velocity as well..
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:58 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I figured it wasn’t worth much. I paid .40 cents per round so I’ll keep some and shoot the rest through my 03 and 1917. Too much hassle to clean a Garand after shooting corrosive ammo. I also have a small quantity of UT 42, U 42 , and U 43 AP. I'll have to find some boxed now.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:30 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I figured it wasnít worth much. I paid .40 cents per round so Iíll keep some and shoot the rest through my 03 and 1917. Too much hassle to clean a Garand after shooting corrosive ammo. I also have a small quantity of UT 42, U 42 , and U 43 AP. I'll have to find some boxed now.
http://i.imgur.com/x12rFI7.jpg
Spam can of Utah plant. 11, 20 round boxes.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:35 PM
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Spam can of Utah plant. 11, 20 round boxes.
$75? Ill take it!
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Old 07-21-2017, 05:56 AM
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