WW2 45 ball ammo

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by sparky17, May 31, 2013.

  1. sparky17

    sparky17 New Member

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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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  2. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    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.
     

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    It is corrosive, I personally wouldn't shoot it. It has more value than Target ammo.
     
  4. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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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.
     
  5. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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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.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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

    It has a reputation for high accuracy, but yes it is corrosive.
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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
     
  8. sparky17

    sparky17 New Member

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

    nitestalker New Member

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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. :eek:
     
  10. sparky17

    sparky17 New Member

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    Does anyone have an idea of its value?
     
  11. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The last box I saw sold for $60 dollars. It has been going up of late. I have some I am holding for the time being.:)