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Old October 24, 2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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How old is this ammo? And what's with these "Cartridge Carriers"?

I got some ammo recently in a gun trade. I wound up with a Remington 742 Gamemaster in 30.06 for next to nothing and it drew first blood (for my buddy at least) on a nice 3-point Muley last Saturday, right through the heart.

Back to the ammo. It's still in the original packaging, and the package says 150 Gr. Soft Point (C3006A) and 30-06 SPRG. HI-SHOK.

The cool(?) thing about this is the 20 rounds are in 2 "Cartridge Carriers" that presumably you sling your belt through before you take off for the hills and supposedly makes for faster reloading of your rifle as Bambi is bounding off over the next hill. I'm assuming these weren't very popular, thus the reason I don't see them with today's ammo?

So, how old do you guys think this ammo is?

How good is/was the 150 gr. Hi-Shock?

Should I shoot it? Or separate it and head to the reloading bench? The cartridges are pristine, no corrosion of any kind, don't appear to have been handled much - if at all.

Thanks all!
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Old October 24, 2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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Wild guess... late 80s, early 90s. Looks like maybe it was purchased at K-Mart.

The patent on the cartridge holder is from 1971.

http://www.google.com/patents/US3616976
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Old October 24, 2013, 12:44 PM   #3
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That's just Federal brand ammo and they still sell it with those holders AFAIK. I was given a bunch of .308 Federal match brass and some of it was still in those holders, just a different color. Dunno when Federal changed the color of their amo box but I don't think that ammo is all that old. I'd shoot'em.
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Old October 24, 2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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Yeah space, I'd like to have seen the complete price tag!
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Old October 24, 2013, 12:58 PM   #5
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I think that box art is late '80s. In the mid-'80s, they used more silver and blue as primary or secondary colors.

The cartridge carriers were Federal's standard packaging method for at least 30 years. I've seen 6-round, 8-round, and 10-round versions; and I'm sure there were others.


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Old October 24, 2013, 01:37 PM   #6
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Yeah, that looks late 80s to me, as well.

Pop has some .270 loads in similar packaging that date to that era.

The last box of Hornady Light Magnum I bought had those same cartridge holders, only in black.
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Old October 24, 2013, 04:52 PM   #7
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So, any guesses (assuming late 80s) what the price tag had on it?
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Old October 24, 2013, 05:16 PM   #8
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My guess would be in the $14.50 range.
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Old October 24, 2013, 08:03 PM   #9
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check with manufacture by the lot# and they should be able to give the month and year they were made.
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Old October 25, 2013, 12:00 AM   #10
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To be honest. I've never seen packaging like that before. Most unusual.
But I do have a few of those (red) belt carrier's.

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Should I shoot it? Or separate it and head to the reloading bench?
Either way you choose to handle is OK. But since you reload. Perhaps change out their powder and resize their Necks only. Then you have 20 sure fire shells to hunt with is another consideration.
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Old October 25, 2013, 12:19 AM   #11
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According to this source, it was made in 1987. You can figure out the month and day of manufacture as well if you're interested.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ca...ral-lot-s.html

Unless the ammunition shows obvious signs of degradation, or you have good reason to suspect it was stored under extreme conditions, there's no reason not to shoot it.
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Old October 25, 2013, 12:26 AM   #12
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According to this source, it was made in 1987. You can figure out the month and day of manufacture as well if you're interested.
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Old October 25, 2013, 04:15 PM   #13
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You guys are amazing! 1987 huh? That's not THAT old! I was a Senior in High School when these rolled off the production line...
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Old October 25, 2013, 04:29 PM   #14
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I used to buy 22-250 that came in those same red plastic packaging. That was around 1984 - 1986.
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Old October 25, 2013, 04:31 PM   #15
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1987 huh?...I was a Senior in High School
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Old October 26, 2013, 08:40 AM   #16
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Sophomore in HS, and I still have a couple of those I reused with some reloads.

If we are calling 1987 old, uh, what does that make us?
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Old October 26, 2013, 09:26 AM   #17
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Well, lets see, in 87, my sister was three and I wasn't quite born yet.

But hey, I still have ammo from that era, it was just bought by Pops.
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Old October 26, 2013, 10:08 PM   #18
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Hell, that's NEW ammo for most of us. 'Choot 'em.
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Old October 27, 2013, 12:17 PM   #19
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^^^What he said^^^

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