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Old April 8, 2017, 11:02 AM   #1
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Corrosive M2 Ball Ammo

Wasn't really sure where to put this but here seemed closest.

An older gentleman here in town recently passed away and the wife is selling some of his items. He had a couple of M1 Garands that lasted all of 20 minutes, out of curiosity I asked her if he'd kept any ammunition for them and she said she thought so but hadn't thought to sell it as well. Long story short she showed me two 200 round ammo cases of what I think is M2 Ball ammo for the M1 Garand. En blocs included.

Finding ammo for my M1has been tight lately so this sounds good. But I'm not interested in anything corrosive. I grabbed a few at randim and as near as I can they are all headstamped between HXP 76-78

No one else thought to ask so she said it was mine for $75 a case if I wanted.

This sounds like an awsome deal but as the saying goes, "If it sounds to good to be true..."

Is this stuff corrosive? Cause that would suck
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Old April 8, 2017, 11:53 AM   #2
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It is Greek surplus. Not corrosive. I have some of those myself.

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Old April 8, 2017, 12:00 PM   #3
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Good Greek surplus, good brass for reloading if you do that. If you're shooting it out of a Garand check the enblocs. Some from the HXP spam cans had a heavy park to them and have issues with feeding. I take mine and run them through a tumbler to knock down the park so they're smoother. Also some enblocs work better then others, check the stamping on them and google the initials for info on the maker. If you want them just for the ammo, pull them out of the enbloc and sell those.
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Old April 8, 2017, 12:09 PM   #4
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"...Greek surplus...Not corrosive..." Even better. It's Boxer primed too. You do have to de-crimp the primer pockets, but that's a one time nuisance thing.
The only downside is the current HXP the CMP is selling has steel jackets. Yours likely does too. A magnet will tell you. Only matters on some ranges where they think a spark from a steel jacket hitting a rock will/can start a grass fire. Has to be really dry for that.
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Old April 8, 2017, 02:50 PM   #5
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Steel cores I have seen, steel jackets I have not. They can't be good for the longevity of any rifle they are shot from.
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Old April 8, 2017, 04:19 PM   #6
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Steel jackets: It is possible the bullets are cupronickel bullets, cupronickel bullets can be picked up with a magnet. I call the cupronickel bullets 'streakers' because of the streak they leave when they pass through the barrel.

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Old April 8, 2017, 05:04 PM   #7
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Corrosive primers can be addressed with lots of hot water.
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Old April 8, 2017, 08:50 PM   #8
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I bought 'em up, some are as far back as 65 on the headstamp. They are magnetic.
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Old April 8, 2017, 08:51 PM   #9
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Steel jacket?!

That seems...
Like a bad idea somehow
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Old April 8, 2017, 09:45 PM   #10
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What is magnetic, the bullets or the case?
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Old April 8, 2017, 10:52 PM   #11
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Bullets, my first assumption would be steel core but I don't know that
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Old April 9, 2017, 10:38 AM   #12
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Not steel core, but gilding metal type, the steel in the jacket attracts the magnet. There are years of non-magnetic HXP, I think the mid 60s is when it was.
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