Another cool “Barn Find”

Callison76

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Again, digging through this estate, came across 4 boxes post marked from the Department of the Army. Open the only one that is already cut open and find boxes of M118 / M72 projectiles straight from Lake City. In total there were 39 unopened individual boxes of 100 projectiles.
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“The new M118 ammo used the same 173gr FMJBT (Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail) bullet that the .30-06 M72 Match ammo used. This bullet was manufactured by Lake City and was based on the 1956 International Match bullet. The bullet itself had a lead alloy core (90% lead, 10% antimony) with a gilding metal jacket comprised of 90% copper and 10% zinc. The boattail was a 9 degree taper and was .225″ long. The original specification weight was 173gr but as time progressed and the tooling wore out, that weight began to spread from 172 – 175gr. The claimed ballistic coefficient of the bullet is .494 which was very high for that time period.”

Source: History of the M118 Ammunition - Sniper Central
 

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I have a case of the successor to that stuff, M118LR. Comes with 175gr SMKs. Haven’t shot any yet, but I got it for a decent price. View attachment 294706 View attachment 294707
Nice find! I have a couple boxes of that from waaay back, don't want to shoot it. I remember Bob Howard (gun guy not car guy) that had the gun shop on Reno south of the fairgrounds had ammo cans of that stuff.
 

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