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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    IMHO if you are going to sell it, sell it intact unopened, and now is the time to sell. The ammo should be good, I have never run into a bad can of this ammo BUT and it's a big BUT, it depends on how it was stored. If you have Mosins I would recommend you keep it. This old ammo is getting harder and harder to come by.

    I'm guessing you have the zinc plated (silver) can sealed with solder? which is even harder to come by. I have two green spam cans and should sell one, but just can't seem to pull the trigger.. I could get that new Bergara for my son if I do.
    Yes, you are correct, it is a soldered zinc-plated can and no signs of rust or having been opened. The metal does have a bit of white powder on it, understand its just zinc-oxide, rather common with these cans from what I'm told. I've only owned it for about 10-12 years, kept inside in conditioned space, but I have no idea how previous owner(s) kept it. I can only assume that the contents are still in the condition when they were placed there.

    I'm still trying to verify if all of these cans from that era contained 300 rounds, and did they all come with original Russianicon stripper clips? I'm still tossing it around to open it up, see what's inside, keep a few packs of ammo for myself & sell the rest. But then again, I haven't fired any of my Mosins in about 8-10 years, so I may just need to sell it all. Decisions, decisions.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 728shooter View Post
    Yes, you are correct, it is a soldered zinc-plated can and no signs of rust or having been opened. The metal does have a bit of white powder on it, understand its just zinc-oxide, rather common with these cans from what I'm told. I've only owned it for about 10-12 years, kept inside in conditioned space, but I have no idea how previous owner(s) kept it. I can only assume that the contents are still in the condition when they were placed there.

    I'm still trying to verify if all of these cans from that era contained 300 rounds, and did they all come with original Russianicon stripper clips? I'm still tossing it around to open it up, see what's inside, keep a few packs of ammo for myself & sell the rest. But then again, I haven't fired any of my Mosins in about 8-10 years, so I may just need to sell it all. Decisions, decisions.....
    The zinc cans come in 250, 300, and. 440 it depends on origin. Can yo take pictures of the top answer pull tabs ? I might be interested in buying it as well I don’t have any of those cans in my collection. In my non collecting days I would open ans shoot them, back then they were cheap and every where.
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    Took some pics of the can, hope I can attach them to this post....

    Can anyone explain the Cryllic writing on this can, specifically, how many rounds are inside and what type?

    Thanks in advance, --728shooter
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    Light ball, lead core, steel copper-washed cases, likely 300 rounds.

    Check Russian Soviet 7.62x54r toward the bottom and I think you will see similar packaging.


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