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Old US Army ammunition in case?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by ktbryan55, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. ktbryan55

    ktbryan55 New Member

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    I found in an old house a leather case with leather clasp. It opens up and there are 20 bullets in it. The outside says US. The bullets are 3 1/4# long and on the heads it says 30 06 on bottom and W R A on top. Just wondering if anyone knows what year this case and bullets are? My husband thinks it was before WWI?

    I'm enclosing 3 pictures - not very good, but can see front and inside and the case opens up and there is a metal rod seperating the two sections.

    Would like more info if possible or if you can direct me to some other website that could help?

    Thanks,

    KT

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  2. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    Looks to be a "turn of the century" US Army cartridge case - probably used from circa 1894 - 1910 or there abouts. The .30-06 cartridge was developed and issued in 1906 - but those cases were used for earlier cartridges also (.30-40 KRAG and .30-03 US). Later in the 19 teens, the cartridges (.30-06) were assembled on 5 shot stripper clips for ease of loading 5 rounds into the internal box mag of the Springfield Model 1903 rifle. This, of course, would require a different "pouch" type belt container. Nice find.
    BTW - the cartridges in that case have the Winchester Repeating Arms headstamp on them and probably date from the 1920s.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011
  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    That's a McKeever cartridge box. Here's a replica.
    http://www.pacificcanvasandleather.com/cartridge/pcl_85.htm

    I doubt they were ever used with 30/06 cartridges, as the whole purpose of the 1903 rifle was to get one that used stripper clips.

    These cases came in two sizes, large for 45/70 cases and the smaller for 30US, aka 30/40 Krag.

    I'm gonna guess that someone either bought the case surplus, or it was Daddy's (or maybe Grandpa's) and that he recognized it as a real handy case for carrying ought six cases.
  4. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

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    The cartridges are commercial, not Army issue. Issue cartridges never had the commercial designation ".30-'06" on them, only the maker (government ammunition plant or contractor) and the date, the month and the last two digits year, or just the year.

    Jim
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