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DennisCA
01-22-2012, 7:31 PM
(Needed to repost-put original on wrong forum)
I was at the gun show on sat (01/21) and was surprised the lack of surplus (bulk) .303 ammo, only boxes of 20. I recently bought a Enfield and shot it a bit. However searching on-line is coming up empty when it comes to bulk .303 ammo. Does anyone have any sources they would like to share?
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Noonanda
01-22-2012, 7:37 PM
you aint gonna find .303 surplus in large amounts unless you have a time machine. Really you are stuck with newly manufactured, or reload your own. You might come across small amounts of surplus but alot of that is possibly P.O.F. click....Boom surplus

rojocorsa
01-22-2012, 7:56 PM
Palmetto State Armory has PPU...

Best deal I've seen.

Sampachi
01-22-2012, 8:03 PM
As mentioned, the last big surplus wave of .303 was the horrible Pakistani ammo. Commercial ammo and some reloading equipment is your best bet now.

louie
01-23-2012, 5:37 AM
It has been around ten years since there has been any quantity of 303 ammo. The nineties seem to have been the last hurrah for that stuff. It ran 10c a round mostly back then. No one has had it in bulk for a long time now. It has gone the way of 7,7 Jap 8x56, all the Italian calibers, and now more and more 8mm Mauser. 54r is still the way to go since the East block still used it in their machine guns. Even 30 carbine and 06 surplus is now gone for the most part.

mj1
01-23-2012, 8:08 AM
Don't know how you missed the mesage but if you want good 303 you will have to make it. Most of my rifles are to valuable to shoot what is left of the surplus. If you don't to break the bank you can get passable accuracy with PRIVI brass IMR 4895 and 150g flat base soft points as far out as you can see.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/243c48c2.jpg

rojocorsa
01-23-2012, 8:52 AM
Don't know how you missed the mesage but if you want good 303 you will have to make it. Most of my rifles are to valuable to shoot what is left of the surplus. If you don't to break the bank you can get passable accuracy with PRIVI brass IMR 4895 and 150g flat base soft points as far out as you can see.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/243c48c2.jpg

That's a nice piece.

k55f
01-23-2012, 9:13 AM
I was at Ade's gun shop in Orange on Saturday, and was looking at a Enfield in .303 with a tag on it for $575. Not a sniper, just a plain Jane with a decent finish and a dinged up stock. Is this the going rate?
If so, what is my Ishapore in .308 worth?
I'm thinking of picking up a .303, but I'm switching to M-N if they are getting that expensive.

mj1
01-23-2012, 9:19 AM
Everything was cheaper yesterday sport. $350 for both in '00 and the top one is about the best shooter in a used rifle I have had.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/551ff7d1.jpg

rojocorsa
01-23-2012, 9:31 AM
For a normal .303 Enfield, either SMLE or No.4--that sounds like a little much.

I mean, unless its something special that an expert would recognize, that rifle should honestly only cost half of that.

Just from personal experience, most of them should cost between $200-$350 give or take, you know?


I don't know anything about the Ishapore 2As, sorry. :(


I very much enjoy shooting my No.4 rifle, and to me it's worth the cost of 80-cent ammo. On the other hand, I don't shoot a lot of it when I do take out the Enfield. At the most I'll do like 25 rounds per session. This is a win-win because it actually makes me shoot better.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/381554_1626201592483_1759851430_828046_646895332_n .jpg

This is my best Enfield target to date. The yellow circle was my very first K-31 group, including a 3 shot .75 MOA cluster. The rest is random flyers (it didnt help the target fell off the stand at one point), and there are a couple random .22 from an old Remington 510 I tried.

DennisCA
01-23-2012, 9:34 AM
I was at Ade's gun shop in Orange on Saturday, and was looking at a Enfield in .303 with a tag on it for $575. Not a sniper, just a plain Jane with a decent finish and a dinged up stock. Is this the going rate?
If so, what is my Ishapore in .308 worth?
I'm thinking of picking up a .303, but I'm switching to M-N if they are getting that expensive.

Personally I think $575 is a bit much, especially for a plain-Jane rifle. From what I've seen, the going price is between $250 - $375, maybe a tad more for one in excellent shape.
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mj1
01-23-2012, 11:00 AM
Depending on what you get it might not be to much. You need to shop out side the box and remember when you go into a store front they have rent and cost of operation to pay and you will have to pay it for them business 101.

Now what do you think you should have to give for unfired #4 MkII's? A $100 would be nice eh? But they go for $900 to $1500 sadly.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/bb1a6ec7.jpg

Got to run surfs up.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/6255cfb8.jpg

k55f
01-23-2012, 11:08 AM
http://i.imgur.com/7akny.jpg
Best shooting rifle I've owned. More accurate than I will ever be, but it makes me try my best. 7.62 Milsup runs right through her... I burned 120 rnds three weeks ago and the last shot was as accurate as the first.

paul0660
01-23-2012, 11:10 AM
if you want good 303 you will have to make it.

I think this is true. I don't want to reload (yet) so I got rid of my .303 and enfields a while ago.

deadcoyote
01-23-2012, 11:16 AM
I just bought two boxes of british mil-surp cordite from my LGS. It came in boxes of 50 and was $13 a box. Now I'm hesitant though as all the old timer C&R guys at my gun club tell me it's horribly corrosive and you have to clean it after shooting and the next day to be safe. Might just sell it to my buddy. If you keep your eyes on the classifieds you can find good deals on commercial ammo for reasonable prices. I really like the PRVI stuff.

bruceflinch
01-23-2012, 11:19 AM
New 303 brass is pricey, as well. Handloading is the answer, tho.

gunboat
01-23-2012, 12:57 PM
Cordite itself is not corrosive but is erosive - the primers are corrosive though.
A few boxes are not going to be problem, just clean well with water after using.
Best option is reloading, using brass fired in your rifle and neck sizing only.
Those generous chambers will eat brass if you full length size each reload.
my tuppence

Noonanda
01-23-2012, 1:23 PM
I just bought two boxes of british mil-surp cordite from my LGS. It came in boxes of 50 and was $13 a box. Now I'm hesitant though as all the old timer C&R guys at my gun club tell me it's horribly corrosive and you have to clean it after shooting and the next day to be safe. Might just sell it to my buddy. If you keep your eyes on the classifieds you can find good deals on commercial ammo for reasonable prices. I really like the PRVI stuff.

Depending on the manufacturer expact some "click..Boom"s. Pakistani ammo was notorious for this, I pulled some down for the bullets. down to 1 5 round stripper clip of it as collector ammo

rojocorsa
01-23-2012, 1:32 PM
Remember, the thing about cordite is that it erodes bores much faster than normal powders.

smle-man
01-23-2012, 1:40 PM
I have a couple thousand .303 ball rounds on hand and about 500 - 750 boxer cases for reloading. If I croak before I shoot it all off give my widow a call. She'll make you a good deal on it!

rojocorsa
01-23-2012, 1:43 PM
I have a couple thousand .303 ball rounds on hand and about 500 - 750 boxer cases for reloading. If I croak before I shoot it all off give my widow a call. She'll make you a good deal on it!


Well, you ain't the "SMLE-MAN" for nothing! :chris:

echo1
01-23-2012, 6:51 PM
I have a couple thousand .303 ball rounds on hand and about 500 - 750 boxer cases for reloading. If I croak before I shoot it all off give my widow a call. She'll make you a good deal on it!

What's the number?