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Posted: 2/27/2011 5:16:37 PM EDT
I came into a baggie of old ammo.  The headstamps say "WRA  1943  303",  "55  7  CB", or "  53  7  RC".  No way will I shoot them, so do I pull them?  I assume they have no real value.
Link Posted: 2/27/2011 5:33:47 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/27/2011 5:47:01 PM EDT
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I came into a baggie of old ammo.  The headstamps say "WRA  1943  303",  "55  7  CB", or "  53  7  RC".  No way will I shoot them, so do I pull them?  I assume they have no real value.


Why not shoot them? If they arent all corroded, they are probably fine.


I'm scared.  They're a little grody looking, but the main thing is I don't have a ton of confidence in my No1 MkIII yet.
Link Posted: 2/27/2011 5:49:55 PM EDT
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They are fine to shoot....Pull only one you will fine some very cool powder to play with ...CORDITE stick powder! Its what WWII ackack shells were loaded with, smells weard when you burn it.
Link Posted: 2/27/2011 6:07:38 PM EDT
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Should be fine.  WInchester ammo from wwII, might even be boxer primed.  Almost certainly corrosive so clean after use.
Link Posted: 2/28/2011 3:53:51 AM EDT
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Just shoot them. I've shot WWI-dated Mk. VII before, it worked fine.
Link Posted: 2/28/2011 6:05:04 AM EDT
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I have shot some pretty green .303 in my day and most of them went off, tho a few hang fires did occur.

Link Posted: 2/28/2011 6:14:12 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 2/28/2011 6:36:43 AM EDT
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Cordite will not "turn more powerful" over time.  Shoot the stuff.  The gun can take it & was designed to take that ammo when it was NEW AMMO (i.e. more powerful than it likely is today).
Link Posted: 3/1/2011 10:03:29 PM EDT
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I bought a bag of old surplus .303 ammo with mixed head stamps a few years ago.  About half fired fine, some had hang fires, and some never fired.  
Link Posted: 3/2/2011 7:39:26 AM EDT
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Well, hang-fires could be one legitimate concern.  But, there are rules for handling them.  Follow the safety rules.  I bet OP's ammo is safe.
Link Posted: 3/4/2011 8:05:00 AM EDT
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I got a few hundred rounds of "mixed british WWII" headstamp ammo when sportsmans guide had it on sale for $20/200 rounds or so (its all cordite). Shoots fine for my purposes, I just wish I had gotten more of it now that its all dried up.
Link Posted: 3/4/2011 2:53:53 PM EDT
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I don't think I would burn that stuff throught my Enfield barrels in todays world. Get some Privi from Graf's if nothing else.

Link Posted: 3/8/2011 8:51:31 AM EDT
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i have shot 1937 britsh surplus it went bang.
Link Posted: 3/8/2011 8:57:28 AM EDT
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Good send them to me. Those are younger than the stuff I have been shooting.
Link Posted: 3/8/2011 3:17:10 PM EDT
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They are fine to shoot....Pull only one you will fine some very cool powder to play with ...CORDITE stick powder! Its what WWII ackack shells were loaded with, smells weard when you burn it.




1944 Mk VII... We got curious while shooting it so pulled it apart with pliers(took a while, damn strong crimp on that thing!). The wadding had already blew off the table while I was digging out the camera

Shot pretty well out of my 1943 Longbranch.

 
Link Posted: 3/8/2011 5:12:11 PM EDT
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I don't think I would burn that stuff throught my Enfield barrels in todays world. Get some Privi from Graf's if nothing else.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/8798453c.jpg


Dam dude.That's just wrong,teasing me with a pic like that.Are they all yours?I've wanted a No4 Mk1T for a Looooong time.Very nice.
Link Posted: 3/17/2011 11:25:48 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 3/17/2011 3:16:21 PM EDT
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I had a WW 1 & WW 2 Enfield and shot 1943 dated stuff all the time.  Just shoot it.
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