Pretty cool ammo find from the past!!

Pretty cool ammo find from the past!!

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    Pretty cool ammo find from the past!!

    I was doing some organizing this morning of my gun stuff, and I found an old pill bottle that belonged to my grandfather that contained 38spl cartridges, and was padded with tissue paper to keep them from rattling, I suppose.

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    Now Iím curious. Do ya think I should shoot one thru the chrono to see what they will do, or if they will even fire? They would have to be at least 50 years old, and probably older.
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    You know you're gonna shoot at least one...
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    Unless they were contaminated by penetrating oil, they should work just fine.

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    I found some 38spl that I had loaded at least 25 years before. All of them fired without an issue.

    A run through the chrono might be interesting. A cool find irregardless.
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    You already know the answer to that question.
    Of course you are going to try it.
    That's what guys do.
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    Sweet!

    Was their 6 of them? Perhaps a "speedloader" from the past?

    I bet they would fire. But personally, I'd leave as they were. I'm a sentimental kinda guy.
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    I shot 2.

    698 and 724 Fps. Pretty cool! And it was Unique powder.

    Which makes me have to wonder if these are possibly some of my old handloads from years ago that he was using for something while I was away in the service.

    Either way, itís kind of neat , I thought.
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    My grand dad died in '67. One of the things he left my dad was a 1911 and 10 loaded mags [ surplus from the Korean war.] When Dad past 40 years later I found those mags still loaded in the bottom of his closet. All the ammo fired, all the Mag springs were still working! I think the ammo was dated 1953! If its stored well amo seems to last forever! DR

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man* View Post
    I was doing some organizing this morning of my gun stuff, and I found an old pill bottle that belonged to my grandfather that contained 38spl cartridges, and was padded with tissue paper to keep them from rattling, I suppose.

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    Now Iím curious. Do ya think I should shoot one thru the chrono to see what they will do, or if they will even fire? They would have to be at least 50 years old, and probably older.
    Stop teasing, we all know you are launching at least one. Knowing you, I figure you are going to pull one apart to examine how the old man loaded it.
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    My Dad has done (still does) exactly the same thing with his pill bottles.

    I am also a big fan of using film canisters to store six rounds of .38/.357- five rim down, one rim up in the center.

    Works great!

    Luckily, I have a big stash of those canisters from the 90's and early 00's.
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    I finally found a use for one of these new small digital scales (no homey, I'm not measuring dope to sell!). They are precise enough to measure loaded cartridges and tell you what weight bullet is in it. Just measure a known weight load, and then the unknown. Subtract the readings and you have a plus or minus to the known weight load.

    Those look like 158 SWC's. Nice find.

    @LimaCharlie I've shot some 5.56 that was loaded in magazines (20 rounders) in 1968 back in 2019. 51 years old and still shot fine. Now would I eat 51 year old C-rats?

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    Neat. I have some 38 special that I am pretty sure were loaded by my father around 40 years ago. I might have even helped him with them. These are in generic cardboard boxes though. We must have been rich!!!! I have not shot them but gave a box to my nephew and he is still around and has all his fingers.
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