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Old 01-16-2022, 08:59 PM
jswift jswift is offline
 
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Default Steel case 45 auto

I have been recently given a box of 50 steel cased ammo, my question, is it collectable and is it corrosive or just good blasting ammo? Thank you in advance for any replies. Jim
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Old 01-16-2022, 10:10 PM
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Need more info that this. What is the headstamp and date?
If it's WWII and in original box in great condition someone may pay a few extra bucks for a display. Other than that it's just .45 ammo which may or not be corrosive... depends on mfg. and year.
Pics of the ammo, headstamp and box would help.
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Old 01-16-2022, 10:24 PM
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All the WWII Steel Case .45 ACP IS corrosive.

Non-corrosive from here and after:
WRA 52 WCC 53 RA 53 FCC 54 TW 54 FA 55

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Old 01-17-2022, 10:21 AM
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Was given some mid-wartime steel-cased 45 ammo...probably 1943 or so, and it was terribly corrosive. Thought I did a thorough job the first time I cleaned and oiled it, but good thing I looked at the pistol in the safe after a week. Breech face & inside of bore looked like a cheese doodle, with light orange surface rust. Scrubbed it again with boiling hot soapy water and re-oiled it. That did the trick, with no permanent damage . Ammo was reliable and accurate and functioned just fine, just clean it well. (And check on it after a week).
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Old 01-18-2022, 12:17 AM
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Evansville Chrysler made steel cased 45acp ammo during WW II with headstamp "EC". REPORDLY billion rds.
Definately corrosive
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Old 01-18-2022, 10:35 PM
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I would recommend just keeping it to go with a GI .45. I was given 1500 rounds stored poorly. Oxidation on casings starting. Boxes poor. A hint of rust here and there. Iíve been running it thru my F/A Thompson. Itís corrosive as hell. When I get done I hit it with the old GI bore cleaner and then take the wood off and throw the whole thing in a pan of automatic transmission fluid.
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Old 01-20-2022, 03:31 PM
S.A. Boggs S.A. Boggs is offline
 
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It will also break extractors, I broke mine.
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