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Thread: Tracers in an 03A3

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    Tracers in an 03A3

    I would like to load up a few (I have some bullets). Can anyone tell me what powder is best/what our military used to make sure of ignition?

    I do understand about their fire hazardnessadge and will take precautions.


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    Reference "Cartridges of the World", 7th Edition, by Frank C. Barnes. On page 442 it is noted that 50 grs. of IMR4895 was used for the M1919A4/A6 machine guns and the Rifle, U.S. Cal. 30 M1. I know this doesn't note exactly the 03A3 but is the only thing I could reference to your question. Hope this helps.

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    Simply load by the weight of the bullet with any powder suitable for the .30-06.Unless they're really ancient bullets the tracer will ignite.

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    FWIW:
    rule of thumb for a go to load for the M1Garand:
    47 gr 4895/ 168 or 173 gr bullet. I believe this is about the Wt of the tracer bullet.
    I have also loaded 49 gr of IMR 4320/168 gr or 173 gr bullet to good/accurate effect in both the
    Garand and in the 03/03A3 Springfields.

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    And yes, I did load the 47 gr 4895/168 gr load also in both Garand and 03 and 03A3 - good accurate load.
    beltfed/arnie

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    Thanks.


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    The above mentioned loads are good reference; do not that they will ignite dry grass and brush; some ranges won’t allow them; and while you can in theory shoot them over water; do not shoot them into water; I know that’s always a bad idea ; doubly bad with tracer rounds.

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    You can shoot them out of your 10" barreled 30-30 contender, and burn about 3 acres. Don't ask me how I know

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    I pulled down about 150 30-06 tracers. The bullet weighed 147 grains and was over 52 grains of BLC2, the brass was berdan primed and if I remember right was Greek manufacture. Bought an ammo can of 250 rounds from Sportsman Warehouse years ago for $19.95. Still using the brass with some berdan primers I picked up at a gun show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catshooter View Post
    I would like to load up a few (I have some bullets). Can anyone tell me what powder is best/what our military used to make sure of ignition?
    I do understand about their fire hazardnessadge and will take precautions.
    Thanks.
    Cat
    You likely have a safer place to shoot them and are not a nitwit like these two....


    https://www.denverpost.com/2018/07/0...rson-suspects/


    "Felony arrest warrants have been issued against a man and a woman who allegedly ignited the Lake Christine fire with tracer bullets, district attorney says."
    Last edited by Chill Wills; 07-14-2018 at 12:08 AM.
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    Yes I do Chill. And I usually try my best to avoid felony arrest warrants. Crimps my style, don't you know.

    Thanks all, I have both IMR 4895 & BL(C)2, so I'm good to go. I'll probably be shooting into snow banks at ten below, so fire shouldn't be too much of a worry.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Catshooter View Post
    Yes I do Chill. And I usually try my best to avoid felony arrest warrants. Crimps my style, don't you know.

    Thanks all, I have both IMR 4895 & BL(C)2, so I'm good to go. I'll probably be shooting into snow banks at ten below, so fire shouldn't be too much of a worry.


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    You'd best get a move on . . .
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    if you have nice open place take a gal paint thinner can and put about a cup full of gas. put in a very SAFE place . makes a nice boom

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