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WW2 era .50 cals from ranges. And a few 20mm too.


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#1 5thrangerson

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:00 PM

 Obtained these from a gentleman I found on Craigslist. He said he had "some" 50 cal spent rounds he had picked up from some of the WW2 ranges in western Idaho. When I stopped by to pick them up I was surprised to say the least. And I did not get all of them. So far all of the 50s are WW2 head stamped and some of the 20mm are 44-45 or 51-53. He was planning on selling everything for scrap. First off are the 50s as found...   

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#2 5thrangerson

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:06 PM

Next up are some of the individual pieces I have sorted out.

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Some or most of them are going into a brass cleaner. If they are in fairly good shape.

 

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:11 PM

And the final result will be this or something similar. I have done this to some other brass that I have received from people that picked them up from some of the eastern Idaho ranges. But slugs over here are pretty much non existent. As are links. But I picked a couple of hundred slugs at a couple of auctions, most all of which appeared to be spent tracer rounds as they are hollow. And found a few links and bought more. As I get the new stuff cleaned up I will build more belts

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:21 PM

The split case looks like the cooked off rounds I find at crash sites.



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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:22 PM

Here is a representation of the 20mm casings that he had. Only had about two dozen of these with 4-5 being steel cases. They are too corroded to see any headstamp info. And only one slug that was not in very good shape. Plus some links of two different types that I am not familiar with. Can any one fill me in on these?

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As can be seen I have a lot of work too do. Some of the cases and slugs will be left as found and displayed individually. So far I have RA, LC, TW, and U headstamps on the 50s and all are 42-44 dated that I have checked so far. The links clean up fairly well and have a bunch of stampings on them that I neglected to photo yet.



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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:27 PM

Here are some of the earlier slugs that were acquired at an auction.

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And another of the first belt that is nearly finished.

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 11:54 AM

Good find 5thrangerson,  what are you using to clean the range found brass casings? 



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Posted 13 November 2019 - 01:59 PM

Using a brass tumbler made for reloading. Works well.




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