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Old 06-01-2013, 12:18 AM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with WW2 vintage ammo. I have a full 50 rnd box of 45 ball. I've heard it's steel cased and corrosive. Any truth to that? Is there any collector value or should I shoot it?


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Old 06-01-2013, 12:21 AM   #2
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Does anyone have experience with WW2 vintage ammo. I have a full 50 rnd box of 45 ball. I've heard it's steel cased and corrosive. Any truth to that? Is there any collector value or should I shoot it?
I'd hang onto it. Being its from 1944, it's probably gonna have a lot of hang fires. I've shot 1942 and 1944 .303 Brit ammo and every other one was misfire. Hang into it. It'll gain value to a collector.
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It is corrosive, I personally wouldn't shoot it. It has more value than Target ammo.

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Sell it to a museum don't shoot it. But if you must shoot it, shoot it up, Im shooting 1957 year AK ammo and never had a problem.

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I have a ton of 303 British made in May of 1964 that is flawless, have been throufh hundreds of rounds with no problems... but I do have some 8mm Mauser made in 1942 that's horrendous. It is Turkish though, so that has a lot to do with it.

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Collectible. Evansville (Indiana) Ordnance Plant (Sunbeam refrigerator plant).

It has a reputation for high accuracy, but yes it is corrosive.

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As said- yes. steel cased, yes corrosive, no- do not shoot.

WW 2 re-enactors have a hard time finding CONSUMABLE tings from the era, y'know. Don't quit the day job, but should be worth at least a couple of boxes of modern 45 ACP

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Guess I'll either trade it for some new 45 or maybe just keep it on the shelf.

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The Evansville ACP is very collectible. Sell it and buy some fresh ammo. Old ammo 70 years old may leave a stuck bullet in your barrel causing real damage when fired the second time.

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Does anyone have an idea of its value?

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