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    Salvaging Ammo Parts and Age

    I was given a bunch of 60 rounds 30-06 Springfield and even more 120 rounds of .300 Win Mag reloaded ammo. I got lucky with all of the .300 Win because the person that reloaded it stored the reload information with the rounds so I will be able to disassemble and use everything.

    Not so lucky with the 30-06 Springfield Ammo. No info at all. So I guess I can salvage everything but the powder.

    My questions, the 300 Win Mag is dated in 79 and 80. What's your opinion on the age of the powder and the primers based in just using the reloads for plinking.



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    the powder information in that reload information as you call it, is worthless.

    I can give you a handful of factory Remington 300 win mag ammunition, and put a sticky note in the bag that gives false powder info. Do you trust that?

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    You have a point, I have no way of truly knowing the powder type and brand. The primers either. Better safe then sorry as the saying goes

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    Besides the load may no be suitable in your rifle not that I advocate shooting someone else's reloads keep the projies seat them to what you reload yours at whether COAL or from the ogive, keep the brass and ditch the rest.

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    I'd keep the cases if usable and the bullets and ditch the rest. The primers could be magnum rifle and that's vastly different from large rifle too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CINDERS View Post
    Besides the load may not be suitable in your rifle not that I advocate shooting someone else's reloads
    I never shoot other peoples reloads, even when it a friend that's giving them to me. I just wasn't thinking because I never got ammo that had the reload info with it. so I was making a bad assumption that the powder was what written on the slips with each box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    The primers could be magnum rifle and that's vastly different from large rifle too.
    Wonder if I can dud modern primers the way that I do pre-WWII primers with a water and ammonia bath. (I still pop them, it's just less cleaning and less corrosive crap down my barrel since almost always the primers are dudded.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    Wonder if I can dud modern primers
    I wouldn't count on it. I'd just snap them and be done. Then they can be dropped into your brass scrap for recycle. The oil method has never been a good bet. Most pre WW2 primers have died a natural death long ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I'd just snap them and be done.
    I'm going to snap them for sure but just curious. I also got about 200 8MM, 300 7mm Mauser and about 180'ish 30-06 milsurplus ammo to part-out. Another powder burn pile on the way I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    200 8MM, 300 7mm Mauser
    Those bullets should be valuable...cases are boxer or Berdan? Although 8mm brass is fuggin' hard to get around here, seems just as hard to sell when you have a smack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Those bullets should be valuable...cases are boxer or Berdan? Although 8mm brass is fuggin' hard to get around here, seems just as hard to sell when you have a smack.
    Not sure but my guess they are Berdan. Got them for .03 cents each awhile back. They were all loose and not kept in controlled storage, but no visible deterioration. I haven’t tried shooting them. Same is true for the 7mm. The 30-06is a whole different story, US WWII and Pre-WWll lots with case corrosion visible. Not sure of the collector value of any of it

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