View Full Version : Please tell me about this IJA 6.5 ammo
05-23-2012, 09:41 PM
This bag of ammo sort of fell in my lap and I would love to know more about it... Here are some close ups. There are at least 3 different types of bullet heads here. Corrosive? Value? Reloadable? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.
05-24-2012, 12:48 AM
With headstamps that I've never seen! (But I don't get out much.) Probably no good for shooting purposes, but the bullets ought to be salvagable for use into new cases. It's something I've been meaning to try, but my supply of old ammo is not large.
The clips are good to have, and the ammo may be worth a little something, so it's a good batch.
jonnyc probably would be able to give you much more specific info.
05-24-2012, 08:22 AM
All of the headstamps shown are Chinese, most from the 25th Arsenal. Those with green case mouth seals are Chinese, Korean War vintage. One headstamp appears to be MA 65 18 6. That's a good one, from the arsenal in Manchuria. If it is MA, it would be worth in the $5-$10 range. You have a few pictured that might not have any base markings, and those could be Japanese, Chinese, or even British, tough to tell without closer examination. They would all be in the $1-$2 range. All will be corrosive Berdan, and the green-marked ones are probably shootable.
05-26-2012, 02:31 PM
There were no head stampings on Japanese ammo no matter what caliber it was. Just the three point crimp around the primer.
05-26-2012, 10:26 PM
Not quite true. There are headstamps on some Japanese-made 7.7x56R, 7.7x58, and 13.2mm, and perhaps others. Not to mention on all post-war Japanese-produced ammunition.
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