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Discussion in 'Caliber Talk: Ammunition, Reloading, and Shooting ' started by rockittsled, Oct 18, 2020.
I am shooting 03A3, 30-06 with a '42 headstamp.
I have .270 going back to the 1930's that I sometimes shoot. .45 from the Korean War. .38 from the 1940's.
Whew, went through at least 30 M1s for a friend in the last 3 years. They're both 30-06 and 7.62x51s (Navy and USMC Match rifles).
308/7.62 M1s are really nice and I'm the guy that loads ammo for his 7.62s. Military chambers (7.62) are not 308. I actually am in love with the USMC NM 7.62 rifle.
I had some 50 year old 45 Colt and Winchester 30/30 rounds. They all shot fine when I shot them. Found them in my parents house a few years ago.
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Stored dry and indoors is many decades.
Outside of a temperature controlled environment several decades.
if the cases aren't a powdery green its usually good.
Until prices go back down
Ammo will last over 100 years. These old black powder cartridges still go bang. They have been stored in average home conditions. In my life time, only one round has been fired.
When I left Yuma Proving Ground in 2016, they were still routinely shooting LC 43 .50 Ball ammo, with perfect results.
Well......mine is a CMP issue rifle
I hear those barrels are good. Not real hard to NM it if you have patience. I've been through over 30 of my friends over the past 3 years. Two types of "bedding", type I and type II. What you'd want to do is type II. pr what people would consider normal glass bedding. There are NM parts, but they're not that important and scarce these days. Be advised you can't shoot CMP matches with a 308 last time I checked.