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Mike Augustine
02-12-2010, 11:31 PM
I am looking at some of this ammo coming up for sale in a local auction, one lot has it on chargers in a galvanized tin with a soldered lid and another lot has it listed as 140 rounds on chargers in a green colored bandoleer.

Who made .303 and called it 7.62x56?

bootleggerspub
02-13-2010, 01:16 AM
You got me on that. Usually it is referred to as 7.7x56mm if in Metric nomenclature. How high does the ammo go at the auctions you attend? Up here guys are still nutty on what they will spend.

LVSteve
02-13-2010, 01:53 AM
If I am in a bad mood and wish to tweak somebody at Big 5, I will ask for 7.62x63 for my rifle and 11.43x23 for my pistol. When they say there is no such thing as am 11.43 caliber pistol, just reveal your Ballester Molina to up the bafflement.

Mike Augustine
02-13-2010, 07:38 AM
Buying anything at an auction makes it hard to predict price. I bought 80 rounds of .30-40 for $20 once, and I got a can of HXP M2 ball for the same price as CMP was selling it, but without shipping. Those are probably my two best deals. However, there are normally enough bidders there that know prices and availability, there is seldom any bargins. Market price is the norm.

The tin is pictured with some kind of stenciled writing stamped on the can. I can't make it out from the picture. I did some Googling around last night and apparently, that is the correct metric measurment for .303. Now I need to find out if that is what they have, or if someone mislabled a regular can of 7.62x54R.

MikeH1
02-13-2010, 04:11 PM
it's probably Chinese, it's not Japanese because they referred to the .303 British as a 7.7x56R

ammolab
02-13-2010, 05:51 PM
The last of the S African .303 was labeled in this "metric way" (7.7x56R) and it is NONcorrosive and great shooting ammo. Can not say for sure that is what you are looking at...but could be.

Merle1948
02-13-2010, 07:55 PM
You got me on that. Usually it is referred to as 7.7x56mm if in Metric nomenclature. How high does the ammo go at the auctions you attend? Up here guys are still nutty on what they will spend.


The only metric 303 British I have seen was the South African surplus from a few years ago.
I'd be a bit cautious about that ammo - no telling what it really is.

Mike Augustine
02-13-2010, 09:36 PM
Yep, cautious is the best way to procede at any auction.

The SA ammo come in galvanized tins with black stenciled printing on it? Here are the pictures I'm looking at. The 140 round bando doesn't look familair to me. This ammo tin look familiar to anyone that had some of the SA ammo?

ammolab
02-13-2010, 09:55 PM
Mike: pictures show as "invalid attachment"

Mike Augustine
02-13-2010, 10:16 PM
Sorry, I'm working on it.

Let's do it the old fashioned way. Here is the tin.

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff259/mlaug/523.jpg

Here is the 140 round bando.

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff259/mlaug/525.jpg

FIVESHOT
02-13-2010, 10:34 PM
looks like 7.62 x 39 . and sks chargers and pouch . opinion



FIVESHOT

groovy mike
02-13-2010, 10:53 PM
looks like 7.62 x 39 . and sks chargers and pouch . opinion



FIVESHOT

agreed.

izzytok46
02-14-2010, 01:57 AM
definitely Chinese and definitely SKS clips

Mike Augustine
02-14-2010, 07:51 AM
Thanks, all I knew is that those chargers weren't Enfield.

This wouldn't be the first time something was mis-labeled at this auction house.

Gregg
02-14-2010, 10:55 AM
Yes, that is Chinese.
The SKS is called the Model 1956 Carbine in China, thus the 56 on the ammo tin.
Gregg

Merle1948
02-14-2010, 09:18 PM
looks like 7.62 x 39 . and sks chargers and pouch . opinion





FIVESHOT

Plus 1 on the chargers and the bando looks chinese to me.
Also my opinion, looks like chinese symbols on the can.

Tuna
02-16-2010, 10:01 PM
Yes sir it is 7.62x39 and it's steel cased corrosive primed made in 1965.