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I was giving my big pile of WCC a quick inspection today and found several from 1942 and '43. I saw one from '41 but reflex tossed it into the "good" bucket before I could set it aside. I know it's in there but I'm not going back through. I'm pretty sure I have at least one WCC from every year from '42 to the mid-90s.
Heck even with the age stamp it could be once fired brass ! Still could have a lot of life left in it. When you can't read the dates anymore is when the brass is starting to wear !!!
Must admit though I haven't seen any 40's vintage in my neck of the woods.
I found a dozen or so wcc dated 51-53 at the range that still had the red lacquer ring around the primers
My oldest is some stuff from the 70s that I reload. Didn't know you could date brass. This brass from the 70s was given to me, so don't know how old it is.
I have several WCC and RA brass with headstamps from the 40s, and I think some LC from the 50s & later. I think only the military dated headstamps.
Yes, these are in great shape and most will stay in my rotation (except for souvenirs). They're much newer looking than many I use. ;)
The oldest stuff I had was some .45 ACP (winchester) from the early 70's. I loaded em and shot em off last summer.
Here, I found a couple more...
I had a few rounds from the 60's pop up in the last batch of Greek HXP .30-06 I got from CMP, but was never previously fired, and I don't think I'll have a problem reloading it.
FA 1918 45ACP brass. Works just fine.
Not very old apparently but I have some of my grandpas 38spl brass(nickle) from the ? 50's/60's. I wish I would have never shot the original but I never thought I would have sentimental attachment to ammo. At least I have the casings still.
I have never bothered to look.
I have some milsurp .30/06 brass that would date back to the Korean War and Vietnam eras.
I reload for a .41 Long Colt. Pretty sure some of the brass is over 100 years old. I have shot factory ammo that old also. Obvious by the designs on the box.
I have some '67 LC 5.56 and some old SuperVel .45 but that's as far back as mine goes.
The early 40's in .45 cal. They loaded and shot just as well as newer. I think they are on their 5th loadings with me, who knows how many before I found them.
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