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mattsk8 10-14-2013 09:23 PM

Old 45 Ammo, safe to use for target practice?
I inherited a S&W 45 from my grandpa. I also got 2 boxes of OLD bullets w/ it, they're Winchester .45 Auto Rim Lead (according to the box).

Are these OK to use for target practice? Or should I buy new? Just seems a waist not to use them, I have about 80 or more.

These were stored in a dry area and the bullets look fine w/ no visible corrosion, just FYI.

BillM 10-14-2013 09:48 PM

I'm assuming the S&W is a revolver? 45 auto rim was used in revolvers chambered for 45 ACP.
What does it say on the side of the barrel? Sounds like you have a Model 1917.

When shooting 45 ACP a clip is required, 1/3 moon, 1/2 moon, or the now common full moon
clip. With the 45 auto rim ammo the clip is not required, as the ammo has a thick rim on it.

Shoot it? I would. Unless someone pops on here and says it has serious collector value.
Save the brass-----new 45 auto rim ammo is not cheap. Pick up some 45 full moon clips
(should be a buck or less per) and shoot it with less expensive 45 ACP.

orangello 10-14-2013 09:49 PM

May not be safe for the target...

hiwall 10-15-2013 12:45 AM

Depending on what exactly it is the ammo could have some value. It would likely be just fine to shoot but you should show us a pic to see if it is collector ammo.

robocop10mm 10-15-2013 03:36 AM

I regularly shoot ammo that was loaded before my father was born. Ammo from the early 1900s is usually just fine as long as it was stored properly.

LONGHAIR 10-26-2013 07:06 AM

WOW...That is some old ammo.....

danf_fl 10-26-2013 09:21 AM

Sometimes, the old ammo may be worth more than the gun.

There are serious ammo collectors out there (just like toys still in the box).

mattsk8 10-26-2013 04:19 PM

Sorry I didn't respond, I forgot I started this thread :o.

I actually ended up buying a few boxes of 45 (ACP) ammo, but I did fire off 6 shots of the old Winchester ammo and it fires VERY well, actually better than the new ammo I had.

I have 2 boxes of the loaded ammo, and one box of empty shells. I will say the nice thing about the old ammo is the ejector on the gun works w/ it, whereas the new ammo's rim is too small the ejector misses it.

All that said, that .45 is such a FUN gun to shoot :D!!!

Here's some pics...

And this is the box w/ the shells

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