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Old 10-04-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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I have 1 surviving round of 30-30 that came with the Winchester 94 my dad gave me.I remember there being a whole box of them that I shot up as a kid,but I guess I missed one.It says R.P on it,so who made it and how old is it?Could it be from a box of ammo my dad got when he was given the gun in 1963?

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Old 10-04-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
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The R.P headstamp is for Remington-Peters, that's all I can provide...

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R-P headstamp is not that uncommon or that old.

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bout that old.

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"Could it be from a box of ammo my dad got when he was given the gun in 1963?"


Could be. Remington has been making ammo at least that long.

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Judging from all the knicks, scratches and corrosion on it I certainly wouldn't shoot it. But it probably was from the box purchased in '63'
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I agree with the others not to fire it.

Some History on Remington-Peters.

Remington Arms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

During the Great Depression, Remington was purchased by the DuPont Corporation, which had made its fortune with improvements to gunpowder. A year later, Remington purchased the Peters Cartridge Company; today, many of the Remington headstamps still have R-P on them for Remington-Peters.

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20th century
World War I brought enormous growth to Peters Cartridge. In the 1930s during the Depression, Peters sold out to Remington, its competitor. World War II started off with great success for the Cartridge Company but in the middle of the war, the Peters plant in Kings Mills was shut down due to overproduction in favor of Remington's East Coast plants. Some of the buildings and shot tower still remain today, some buildings in use and others vacant.

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Found this on the web surfing; mostly old and rare ammo 22LR.

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Don't fire it? For goodness sake, why not? It will work as well, and safely, as anything made yesterday!

The non-nickle plated primer does put it before the late sixties but that, by itself, means nothing for effectiveness.

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The R-P headstamp dates from 1963 to present. Could be made anytime in this time range. There is nothing wrong with shooting ammo that was made after the 1920's. I regularly shoot WWII ammo. Ammo doesnt explode or generate excessive preasure. Just the opposite, many times the round has less velocity and presure than when new. The only real problem is a sqib load that is so weak that the bullet fails to leave the barrel, thus leaving a bore obstruction, a very dangerous condition if not removed before firing another round. I harvest a buffalo with a cartrige built in the 1870's, it went off with athourity, and killed the buffalo very effeciently.

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