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    30 Army Full Patch ammo

    I scored these last night. A woman brought these to my work for us to dispose of. I am a police officer and people find old ammo occasionally in attics and barns and don't know what to do with it. I know exactly what to do with it! It now resides with my two Krags! Five full boxes, one of which has never been opened. Wanted to share, and perhaps gloat just a little.
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    Last edited by webradbury; 06-27-2018 at 12:50 AM.
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    Nice score.
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    Nice. Nothing wrong with a little gloating.
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    The primers are likely mercuric/corrosive, so you'll want to clean your Krag's bore appropriately after firing. If they are mercuric the residue will attack the cartridge brass, so if you shoot them at a range (or wherever, really) it's best to immediately drop the empties into a can or bucket of warm, soapy water and stir them around a bit if you intend to reload them.

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    I'd pull the bullets,dump the powder, deprime those old primers then anneal the case necks now then you have decent krag brass. And maybe load up some of those old 220 grain bullets in their original cases with new powder and primers. Frank

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    Both good ideas. I hadn't thought about the corrosive primers. I don't really plan on shooting them. Just more cool stuff to horde.
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    Very nice, but would be a shame to burn up, as they sure aren't making any more of those.
    I'd put them on a shelf in the gun 'room', would make a nice retro display.

    Perhaps a little wooden ctg. box, with a clear panel for viewing ... just thinking out loud.

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    Too much history there to shoot or just pull down. I like the idea of making a display of them.

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    Man I would love to come across that score. very lucky brother.

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    Win win deal. Pretty neat you saved it from destruction.

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    Nice score on some great boxes in fantastic condition.
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    Nice Score! What headstamp are they? I can't zoom quite enough to read them. Also, another vote to display them rather than shoot them.

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    I bought several thousand rounds of 30/40 Govt, Frankfort Arsonal 1905. The outside of the
    cartridges looked new and was in cloth bandoleers , the through away type. The powder charge
    had broken down into a greasy wad and cases were deteriorating from the inside. You could put
    your thumb against the bullet and split the neck of the case with very little pressure. I don't know
    how this ammo was stored over the years. It was in a paper sweeping compound drum when I
    bought it. I salvaged the bullets and sold the bandoleers. My 1895 Win loves those bullets. I was
    running out of Rem 170gr Core Locs. This was their universal 30 cal bullet with double cannulure
    that they used in the cartridges of small demand. They stopped selling them in late 70s when they
    withdrew for selling bullets for components. At the time I had several Krags, a Rem RB, Win 95
    and Ruger#3 in 30/40. The Ruger was the only one that would shoot any 30 cal bullet, but I had
    a Krag short rifle that was the most accurate if you used heavy RN, jacket or cast. I think the
    nature of the rifling in the older rifles were designed for long RN bullets. I never shot any Spitzers
    that grouped as well as RN out of the old original rifles.

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    Yeah, I wouldn't shoot that...

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    Nice score on those. Congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samari46 View Post
    I'd pull the bullets,dump the powder, deprime those old primers then anneal the case necks now then you have decent krag brass. And maybe load up some of those old 220 grain bullets in their original cases with new powder and primers. Frank
    PLEASE DONT DO THAT. With what this ammunition is worth intact, you can purchase HUNDREDS of rounds of new components!
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