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1943 Lend-Lease ammo

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:31 pm
by Candyman
I have always believed that if you help others without expecting anything in return, it will always have a way of coming back your way.
On another gun forum I helped out a few members with some gun parts, AR15 related. Not long after I posted about some of my Enfields. A member contacted me and asked if I needed some 303 ammo. I told him yes because, 20 plus rifles tend to eat up ammo. He asked for my address. Said that he would ship me some if I covered the shipping. I offered to pay for the ammo, but he only wanted shipping. He also told me that he would throw in some charging clips.
The box arrived today and to my surprise this is what I got.
A US 30 cal. Ammo can full of ammo and charging clips. There were 50 charging clips and 230 rounds of WAR 1943 dated ammo.
The shipping was $38 so I’m going to send him $50 to cover the shipping and gas.
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Re: 1943 Lend-Lease ammo

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:00 am
by RWS
J&G had this ammo for sale about 15 or so years ago. I bought a 960-rd case because J&G simply advertised it as Winchester .303 ammo, which I assumed would be non-corrosive. Once I saw the 1943 date I knew that it WAS corrosive. It came in 48-rd boxes, BTW.

On about 400 rounds I pulled the bullets, dumped the powder, punched the corrosive primers out, installed nc primers, replaced the powder and re-seated the bullets. Waaaay too much work. I finally decided that the ammo would eventually become a collector's item, or maybe that was just rationalization, I dunno.

Here's a pic of one of the boxes in case anyone is interested...
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-Bob

Re: 1943 Lend-Lease ammo

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:17 am
by Candyman
The old box is cool
The guy that sent me the ammo said that he picked it up back in the 70s.
He said he had some other 303, I have offered to buy any he wishes to sell.

Re: 1943 Lend-Lease ammo

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:15 pm
by Tidewater_Kid
There used to be a guy that brought tons of old surplus ammo to gun shows. He always had surplus .303 for 10 cents a round. I was foolish and only purchased $20 at a time from him. Most of it was WWI dated and cupro-nickel. Also had a bunch of WRA 1943 dated mixed in. All of it went bang and I have reloaded some of the Winchester several times. All of my WRA has a single primer hole and standard rifle primers fit. Wish I had bought it all now.

Re: 1943 Lend-Lease ammo

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:41 am
by rob
That was very generous of him, the clips alone are worth over $50

Re: 1943 Lend-Lease ammo

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:26 pm
by ammolab
This .303 and 8mm of the same era is often loaded with some of Winchesters first mfg of ball powder.