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Old 09-08-2011, 5:19 PM
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Default WWII .30 Carbine Ammo

So I scored a couple of boxes of WCC 43 .30 carbine ammo on another forum. Does this stuff have any collector value or should I just shoot and maybe keep one box to go along with my carbine and accesories?

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Old 09-08-2011, 5:44 PM
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Well, although I have shot a peck of it in the past, it is becoming less common. I think I would be inclined to put it aside and use the other stuff available like aquilla.
after the war we shot wwii 30/06 like there was no tomorrow, it was cheap, about $5 per hundred, and plentiful. Today SL43 and others are often sold at the shows for a buck a round.
I have a box of 276 pederson FA29 that was surplused in the 50's rather cheaply, no weapon to fire it in, it now goes for at least $10 per round.
Who knows what your kids or grandkids can get for that ammo one day.
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i wonder if gunboat means aguila ammo from mexico

shoot it then reload it as its collector value is only slightly more than its shooting value

boy i wish i could find some surplus bullets but it all dried up over night when the cmp hinted about relesing some carbines
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.30 Carbine ammo is always such a bear to deal with. I have like 3,500+ rounds of mostly factory plastic sealed soft point .30 carbine that I don't dare shoot, it's in permanent "zombie apocalypse" storage.

My Inland '44 is also the safe queen of safe queens, because there is no affordable ammo to shoot for it, save for maybe the occasional few boxes of TulAmmo .30 carbine.
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Why no one reloads this? A strait wall case is the simplest to reload & new brass is available. I would venture to say you could get 5-10 reloads per case, if you didn't shoot them hot.


I would keep your collector ammo. It will be worth 10 times the cost of a simple reloading setup in a few years. & Thanks for the Pics!
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bo -- I did mean the mexican or any other surplus ammo available --

I also recognize the collector value today is not great, but most likely will only go up. Especially for marked boxed ammo.
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Why no one reloads this?
Who said no one reloads .30 M1 Carbine?



Since a typical powder charge is 1/3 the weight of a .30-06 load (you get 3x as many charges out of a pound of powder. Although the powder is different the prices are around the same) it is more economical to reload .30 M1 Carbine than .30-06.
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Who said no one reloads .30 M1 Carbine?



Since a typical powder charge is 1/3 the weight of a .30-06 load (you get 3x as many charges out of a pound of powder. Although the powder is different the prices are around the same) it is more economical to reload .30 M1 Carbine than .30-06.
Now That's a pretty picture!

What Bullet do you use for those?
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What Bullet do you use for those?
I bought 1000 of these and used all of them http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=436152
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I reload it, I use surplus bullets from Jeff Bartlett reloading. I got 35 rounds of WW2 WCC ammo awhile ago. I tried to sell it to collectors but no one wanted it so I shot it and saved the cases for reloading. I had a large coffee can full of 19th century cartridges that I finally gave away, no one wanted them. I did keep a couple of the WW1 German 9mm rounds because they are cool.
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.30 Carbine ammo is always such a bear to deal with. I have like 3,500+ rounds of mostly factory plastic sealed soft point .30 carbine that I don't dare shoot, it's in permanent "zombie apocalypse" storage.

My Inland '44 is also the safe queen of safe queens, because there is no affordable ammo to shoot for it, save for maybe the occasional few boxes of TulAmmo .30 carbine.
http://www.aimsurplus.com/catalog.as....30cal+Carbine

$15.95 per 50 seems pretty reasonable to me. But I used to shoot $1+ per round .30-06 and 8mm Mauser.
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I reload for the .30 Carbine as well. I noticed that Jeff Bartlett is selling some LC stuff in cans or bandos for a reasonable price, I doubt its WWII production though.

So I guess the question is, how much is this stuff I have worth per box?
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http://www.aimsurplus.com/catalog.as....30cal+Carbine

$15.95 per 50 seems pretty reasonable to me. But I used to shoot $1+ per round .30-06 and 8mm Mauser.
Thanks, that's a good link. Aimsurplus is awesome
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I think Mr Bartlett's ammo is what the CMP was selling awhile ago. You can contact him and ask. I think the CMP was early 70s LC.
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Thanks, that's a good link. Aimsurplus is awesome
Better order it fast before Brown strips us of our ability to order online ammo.
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So I guess the question is, how much is this stuff I have worth per box?
I wouldn't shoot your vintage ammo. It might not be super valuable but it has some collector value. If you want to sell it send me a PM.

For value check http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewforum...31b2f73b161f86
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