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Old October 15, 2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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30-03 Brass 30-40 Krag Brass

Just picked up a bunch of old reloading equipment and supplies. Wondering if some of the old brass has any value, found the following so far.

1. 30-03 Brass. Headstamp reads "Peters 30 G. 1903". Also some loaded ammo with large rounds nose bullets.

2. 30-40 Krag Brass.

Would appreciate any comments from the experts out there.
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Old October 15, 2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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All brass has value.. but if you are meaning "Big value to a collector" then that would require photos.
I would think the 30-30 falls into that area.
The 30-40 brass again may or may not. I shoot numerous 30-40 type rifles. Brass is available on a semi-regular basis so if it is not something special then it is usable as reloads. But again not knowing how it has been reloaded (max loads ?) & how many times really makes it a big ? .
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Old October 15, 2011, 09:33 PM   #3
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No idea how many times its been fired. I know its been in storage for at least 20 years. Got it from a widow, husband been dead for some time. It needs to be polished but other than that it looks good.

I may buy a 30-40 barrel for my encore and use that brass. Always wanted to try that round. Have no use for the 30-03 brass.
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Old October 15, 2011, 10:33 PM   #4
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Your 30-03 brass has collector value. Especially the loaded RN cartridges. These were loaded with 220gr bullets. When the 30-06 was adopted they changed to a lighter Spire Point bullet and shortened the neck about 1/10th inch. Don't know specific value but, I am guessing at least a few dollars each.

30-40 Brass no collector value except if it is rare headstamp. Do a web search for Cartridge Collector Associations
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Old October 16, 2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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Yep , the 30-03 or .30 Government 1903 ,was the predecessor of the 30-06.
As was stated , it had a slightly longer neck that the 30-06 and used the same 220gr bullet as the 30-40 Krag. A cartridge collector would probably be interested in them.

And while 30-40 Kragcases can be hard to find , brass hardens with age. So they might be dangerous to reload.
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