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Help me identify this ammo, found when cleaning out gun safe

Post by Space Jockey » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:43 am

Found this while cleaning out Dad's gun safe as he passed away earlier this year. Here is what I know.

1. Rear stamp states WRA 67 and has a circle with a plus in the middle of it. I believe that means it came from Winchester Repeating Arms factory in 1967, not sure what the circle with the plus inside it means.
2. Total length 2.75 inches
3. Total bullet length .75 inches from tip to brass case.
4. Width of bullet is 9/32" at its widest.
5. Width of cartridge is 14/32" at its widest
5. The orange tip on the bullet doesn't seem painted on as I wasn't able to scrape any off. It also doesn't appear phosphorus as none comes off on my hands and it doesn't have the look of phosphorus. Orange tips range from 9/32" to 14/32"
6. Came in on these 5 round stripper clips that have AO stamped on the back.

My guess is it is some of the ammo he used when he was in the Air Force in Vietnam, but I am unable to determine what caliber they are or what gun they may have came from. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Help me identify this ammo, found when cleaning out gun

Post by Assault Life » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:51 am

Look like M856 5.56 tracers to me

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Re: Help me identify this ammo, found when cleaning out gun

Post by Dave_M » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:42 am

Winchester 7.62N on M14 stripper clips. The circle-cross means loaded to NATO specs. Orange tip means they are M62 tracer projectiles. The AO on the back of the stripper is for Associated Spring (the company that made the strippers, not some ammo-specific designation).
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Post by Assault Life » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:46 am

Well I was wayyy off
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Re: Help me identify this ammo, found when cleaning out gun

Post by Space Jockey » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:49 pm

Much appreciate the help thank you. I own a .308 Marlin Express but these rounds weren't made for a lever-action. My brother has a standard .308 and it looks like these would work fine in his. I'll probably give them to him since he can use them.
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Re: Help me identify this ammo, found when cleaning out gun

Post by Doctorr Fabulous » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:51 pm

Space Jockey wrote:Much appreciate the help thank you. I own a .308 Marlin Express but these rounds weren't made for a lever-action. My brother has a standard .308 and it looks like these would work fine in his. I'll probably give them to him since he can use them.
In the future when trying to ID ammo (or anything measured in hundredths of inches or millimeters) run down to harbor Freight and grab a $10 electronic caliper. 9/32" is .281. Tape measures kinda suck for small rounded surfaces.
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Re: Help me identify this ammo, found when cleaning out gun

Post by Mad Mike » Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:09 pm

Space Jockey wrote:Much appreciate the help thank you. I own a .308 Marlin Express but these rounds weren't made for a lever-action. My brother has a standard .308 and it looks like these would work fine in his. I'll probably give them to him since he can use them.

Just don't forget that tracers can be a fire hazard; plus some ranges will not allow you to use them. :ohdear:

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