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Thread: Info on .45 Ball M1911 ammo can

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    Question Info on .45 Ball M1911 ammo can

    Compatriots,

    I came across a full can of .45 ball ammo that is supposed to be fairly old. ammo is in surprisingly good condition.
    I am wondering if there is a website that I can get any more information on the ammo based on Lot Number, looks like E.C.-S-25288 made in Evansville Ordnance Plant.

    Any help will be appreciated.
    Greg

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    WW II
    Probably steel cased, surely chlorate ("corrosive") primers.

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    Found this:

    http://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_U...og_designation

    The headstamp most likely has the year of mfg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
    Found this:

    http://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_U...og_designation

    The headstamp most likely has the year of mfg.
    Headstamp says E C 4, i'm looking on the web now for a definition of that headstamp.

    Update: Looks like it was it was made in Evansville Ordnance Plant in 1944. That's sweet, the CMP M1911 I just picked up was made in 1944. The ammo will make a great addition to this firearm and best of all, the ammo and can were free!
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    Last edited by IAShooters; 17th March 2019 at 09:40.


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    Trivia:
    The headstamp has "4" instead of "44" because they just ground the "3" off the "43" headstamp bunter to save the cost of a new part.
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    MuyModesto (17th March 2019), Rick McC. (16th April 2019)


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    I have a similar box, lot # 25154. The head-stamp on the one I picked out of the box includes a “43,” and the case stuck to a magnet.
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