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Old 05-13-2021, 09:47 AM
31mike 31mike is offline
 
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From time to time I see on various message boards that someone will have a quantity of ammunition available for .30 weapons. Sometimes people responding to the ad will ask if the ammunition is (was) belted and appear to show no interest in it if it was. Is there something wrong with using this ammo in an M1 or reloading the empties?

Two years into M1's and not enough knowledge, so I would appreciate if those of you who have the knowledge could let me know. Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2021, 10:16 AM
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the belted means if it is on or was on a machine gun belt m1919a4 are the most common 30cal belts the ammo could be hotter but I don't know for sure I have never been around any surplus 30cal
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:47 AM
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I've been delinking and running 30 cal ammo through my m1's for years. No problems.
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Old 05-13-2021, 11:57 AM
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the belted means if it is on or was on a machine gun belt m1919a4 are the most common 30cal belts the ammo could be hotter but I don't know for sure I have never been around any surplus 30cal
Seems like a bad idea to have the same cartridge with 2 loadings, one being "too hot" for the service rifle.
Sure, there are many varieties (M1, M2, AP, API, etc.) but I thought all were safe for the service rifles of the time (known defective lots excluded, and poorly stored/unstable ammo of course).

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Old 05-13-2021, 12:08 PM
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From time to time I see on various message boards that someone will have a quantity of ammunition available for .30 weapons. Sometimes people responding to the ad will ask if the ammunition is (was) belted and appear to show no interest in it if it was. Is there something wrong with using this ammo in an M1 or reloading the empties?

Two years into M1's and not enough knowledge, so I would appreciate if those of you who have the knowledge could let me know. Thanks.
There is absolutely no difference between the clipped or belted US military M2 ball ammunition. Reloaders are often interested in whether military brass was fired from machine guns or rifles, but for surplused ammunition that has been properly stored, it's just not an issue. CMP sold several million rounds of delinked Lake City M2 Ball a few years back.

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Old 05-13-2021, 12:26 PM
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I’m down to my last bit of “belted” ammo sold by the CMP, 66 HXP. Pretty good stuff for ball. I’ll miss it.... Pretty soon I am going to have to crack into the spam cans.
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:43 PM
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I have some belted kynoch ammo from CMP that is supposed to be on the hot side
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I have some belted kynoch ammo from CMP that is supposed to be on the hot side
I believe the "kynoich" is the issue, not CMP or the belt!

Seriously, Kynoch is known to be hot ammo, and much was stored poorly making it even more exciting.

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Old 05-13-2021, 01:06 PM
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Thanks to all who replied. I guess my only thought was that it would be hotter for the M1919. Thanks again.
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Old 05-13-2021, 01:06 PM
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I believe the "kynoich" is the issue, not CMP or the belt!

Seriously, Kynoch is known to be hot ammo, and much was stored poorly making it even more exciting.

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