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    US WWII CANCO CAL 30 M1 now marked M2 Ammo Can

    I bought 250 rounds of surplus Greek 30 CAL M2 ammo headstamped HXP 77. I was told it would come in a ammo can but to my surprize it came in a WWII ammo can.

    It was interesting that I could still read the prior repacking:

    Embossed in the can is: CAL. .30 M1icon AMMUNITION BOX then underneath a layer of paint I can read: 250 CAL 30 BELTED 4 A.P - 1TR REPACKED LOT TW-B 8 25 24

    Then the most current yellow painted 250 CAL .30 CARTRIDGES LINKED 4 BALL M2-1TRM25 BALL M2HXP 2018-71 TRM25HXP 6011-71 LOT-L-5 012-HXP-71

    Its obvious its been repacked at least twice, and obvious that since the ammo in the can is in plastic and not belted it has been repacked at least once more since the yellow painted label. That is unless someone went to all the trouble of unbelting the ammo and putting it in the can; which I doubt.

    Still kind of neat, I don't have one of the ammo cans yet



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    I would have guessed "Reeves" but that's because I've seen far more cans by Reeves... Nice, very clean.
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    The date for the 8-25-24 repack doesn't sound right - unless I'm reading that wrong? Looks like at one time, it held linked M2 Ball with 1 out of 5 being M25 tracers, if I read that correctly. I picked up a can like that at a show a few years ago, now need to go see, but I believe it's a Reeves. WWII "anything" is nice to find! - Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by USGI View Post
    The date for the 8-25-24 repack doesn't sound right - unless I'm reading that wrong?
    Double checked, most definitely is 8 25 24

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    That’s a lot number...not a date.

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    I agree its not a date and a lot number makes more sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce McAskill View Post
    I agree its not a date and a lot number makes more sense.
    Yes, it's easier to see that now with an image provided and not just the typed description. Do you guys think the "TW-B" is for the Twin Cities Plant? I did check on my WWII 30 rd. can and it is marked "REEVES" - Bob

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