FYI....Outdoorlimited.com in North Carolina has surplus 30 carbine FMJ available. 250 rounds loose in a plastic container for $69.99 and 1350 rounds loose in a wood chest for $375.99 This is reported as being LC, PS and FN headstamps. He stated it came from Century. Getting hard to find surplus carbine at around $14 a box. I have bought from him before and he ships fast and packages securely.
Thanks Tuna. My package arrived today. Except for a dark patina they all look good; a physical count showed they included an extra 5 rounds - just a CYA...LOL Now, to find time to check it out this weekend, maybe.
Perhaps a dumb question but: is surplus carbine ammo generally reliable? I noticed the Outdoorlimited.com website has a disclaimer saying this ammo may not have been stored properly and so can't be guaranteed as "100% reliable". I can see how that's a reasonable disclaimer for decades-old ammo and important for a seller to note, but my dad says his experience with military surplus ammo is it's generally reliable though maybe not as clean-shooting as new stuff . What's your opinion?
The vast majority of surplus ammo shoots fine. There is ammo like the .303 made in Pakistan that was stored in very bad conditions and just about every round is a dud. I have had ammo from WW1 that shoot very well so it depends on how it has been treated. That disclaimer is pretty much standard in the ammo business for anyone selling old surplus.
Quote: Outdoorlimited.com website has a disclaimer saying this ammo may not have been stored properly and so can't be guaranteed as "100% reliable". Unquote
That is a CYA on the part of the seller. They also threw in an extra 5 rounds (2%) over the amount I paid for............just in case!! I have NEVER had a military round fail to fire. This weekend I'll clean up a few of them - they aren't 'bad' just dark - just to see how they shine!!
NCcarbine, I just dumped them in my reloader brass cleaner for an hour. They got "clean" but not shiny brass. LOL I went down by the pond and fired off a few rounds and every one went bang - just what you would expect.