CALIBER .30 M2 ALT. (Value? Use?)
I am looking at an 800 rd LOT of ammo called :
CALIBER .30 M2 ALT.
AMMUNITION LOT D. M.
Stamped : 20098
Des Moines Ordinance Plant
Boxes are sealed and he won't open em so no info from Headstamp. I am told this is Ball ammo and is corrosive! Probably early 1940s.
M2 Alternate was GM Clad Steel (GMCS) jacket.
M2 Alternative had a lead core with less antimony in order to save that vital metal.
Why the Army chose to use those two similar terms to describe different bullets is a mystery. Iím told I can take a strong magnet and hold it at the bottom edge of the carton. If the bullets are magnetic, they are Alternate. If not, they are Alternative. My carton is marked M2 ALT which makes it even more confusing.
- Is M2 Alternate more desirable vs. Alternative.?
- The deal works out to about .40c/round. Good deal?
- Is this for collecting only? Shootable? Price seems good for shooting although Iím not nuts about immediately sanitizing my Garand every time I use this.
Collector. Corrosive WW2 vintage. maybe $10 a box if still sealed.
I suppose I could just use it in my 03A3. That's an easy rinse, dry and clean of the barrel after the range. Any other thoughts or ideas about this stuff?
Value? For collectors only?