A question about .30-06 ammo re empty space in the casing

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by ByronClay, May 31, 2009.

  1. ByronClay

    ByronClay New Member

    May 17, 2009
    I recently purchased 500 rounds (loose in the ammo can) of .30-06 ammo from the CMP. The ammo looks new and in good condition. When I pick up a round and shake it, I can feel the gunpowder inside the casing shifting back and forth. It feels like the gunpowder fills up about 3 / 4 of the space and the rest is empty. Can anyone tell me if this is common for .30-06 ammo or ammo in general? Should I be concerned? Thank you.
  2. Suwannee Tim

    Suwannee Tim New Member

    Feb 11, 2009
    This is about right. 30-06 loaded for the military is considerably underpowered compared to the cartridge's full potential. This leaves quite a bit of air in the cartridge.

  3. ByronClay

    ByronClay New Member

    May 17, 2009
    Thank you for the information. I will go on thinking the CMP ammo is ok and worth buying unless you want to tell me otherwise?
  4. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Went in with a freind and bought a can last year, we have fired approx 150-200 rnds of it within the last few months in the Garands, no problems at all. It's been decent enough for accuracy and well worth it for plinking.
  5. ByronClay

    ByronClay New Member

    May 17, 2009
    Thanks very much.
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