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Recently when I was helping clean out my late Mother in Law's house,I ran across a metal ammo can that belonged to my late BIL.Inside the can was 2 zip lock bags containing 100 rds each of 45 acp FMJ ammo.They were all Federal brass ,but I am figuring they are reloads.My BIL had various guns and was a member of a range in a neighboring town,but since he has been dead about 1 1/2 years I don't know how to find out about them.The brass is still shiny with no corrosion.The question of the day is ,should I try shooting them,not knowing the loads.The only 45 I have is a newer Colt Competition, and I don't want to screw it,or myself, up by shooting some HOT loads.What say you ammo experts?Try some or leave it alone.
 

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Ditch them. Or if you have the time and energy, pull the bullets, dump the powder, and reload them for your own use.
 

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Not a chance, even if I could pull a few bullets and confirm the load recipe. Some things to think about (1) is the load safe for my gun? (2) is there a potential for a squib? (3) would the COAL be correct for my gun? (4) is the crimp sufficient for my gun? (5) is the bullet diameter correct for my gun? Lots of things to consider.
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No way would I shoot them. I do load my own ammo so I would pull the bullet, dump whatever powder he used and also use the empty brass for my loads. Just my 2 cents worth.
 
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I'm surprised that someone here hasn't offered to reload them for you with a proper load. I'm not an old hand at reloading but have the equipment to reload .45 acp. If you are willing to send me a handful of bullets I would be happy to reload them with a safe load and send them back.... if you liked them.... well, we can go from there.
 
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Thanks for everyone's input.My first thought was to not use them,but I figured I would get other opinions.I think one of my golfing buddies has a son that is a CSI at the local sheriff dept,that does reloading.If so I guess he gets them if he wants them.
 

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Good idea,but I don't reload and I don't have any friends that do either.
Personally? I do not shoot anyone else's handloads. If I blow up my gun with my handloads, well that's what happens. Send them to me and I'll pull the bullets, dump the powder and reload for use in my gun.
 
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