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Posted: 10/3/2005 1:23:10 PM EDT
I found some Lake City .308 ammo. It is headstamped 68 (I assume that is the year it was loaded) it looks nice enough and is in the 20rd unoppened cardboard boxes.

Is that too old, or should I buy it? It's $4 a box, nice thing is that it is local and I don't have to add any shipping to it.

Link Posted: 10/3/2005 1:26:34 PM EDT
Use your rifle to get rid of the lead and then keep the brass.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 1:29:34 PM EDT
I just want it to blast with my new AR10 carbine. I don't have the ammo yet...so maybe I should just buy it.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:07:20 PM EDT
Make sure it has crimped primers. If it doesn't, then they're reloads.

Nothing wrong with old ammo. I just finished 2 cases of 1933 8mm.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:18:39 PM EDT
It's still in the sealed boxes.

I better buy it.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:48:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2005 3:49:09 PM EDT by WMHM4]
I have only once ever bought old ammo (23yrs old) it was 5.56 IMI. It was in sealed boxes. When I shot it the rims would get torn from the extractor and pieces of brass would get stuck in the upper and not allow me to retract the bolt. When I tried different newer ammo it ran fine. My one expereince with old ammo was horrible but I would imagine that most older ammo is fine as long as it's in good shape.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:51:13 PM EDT
I shot 45 LC Match ammo in 90' at Camp Perry. Most old mil. ammo shoots fine.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:55:45 PM EDT
1918 .45 ball runs great through a G21
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 4:13:37 PM EDT
buy a box and see how it works then go from there
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 4:44:58 PM EDT
I have a bunch of mid 60s to 68 GI Match ammo in Cal .45. It is as accurate a load as I can find. I found a bunch more at a show saturday but was tapped out after buying a bunch of GI Lake City .30 carbine from 67 or 68. If it's there next time I'm stocking up on it.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 4:45:01 PM EDT
I've used 1970's WCC and LC 5.56 ammo. No problems. As long as they're stored well and theyr're not corroded, they should fire. There was even a cache of WWII .45 cal steel cased ammo that were found buried in the sand on a seashore in Leyte in the early '90's(where Gen. McArthur landed and liberated the Philippines from the Japanese). The soldiers who recovered the ammo thought they were corroded and wouldn't fire, but they were tightly sealed in cans. They tested a few, and all fired.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:15:21 PM EDT
I shoot huge amounts of South African surplus 7.62, with production dates from the early 70's through the 80's. I have never had a malfunction that can be attributed to the ammo, the only malfuctions experienced were failures to feed, and that was traced back to problems with my early AR-10 conversion mags.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 8:42:56 PM EDT
I have around 2k rounds of LC68 .30 Cal M-2 Ball ammo I got from the CMP. It shoots just fine in my '03, and M-1. I doubt that you would have any trouble with this 7.62 ammo. If you are a bit worried, just do what AssaultRifler said, and buy a box to try before you get a bunch.
Link Posted: 10/6/2005 7:27:31 PM EDT
I have a lot of WRA 68 and it is accurate as hell. If the stuff you are seeing was stored properly i would buy it right now! All of the USGI 308 is really good stuff, if for nothing else but the brass.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:01:26 AM EDT
Cannot comment specifically on the lots you have found, but I've fired early 1940's mfr .45ACP and .303Brit. It all went bang with no failures. There's no reason to think that properly stored ammo from the 60's wouldn't also work.
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