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Korean Surplus .30 Carbine ammo

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    Posted: Jan 03 2020 at 12:41pm
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Looks nice.  Anyone shot it?
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Bought 5 bandoliers, looks good and it is on the stripper clips with the spoons attached, will shoot some this weekend and let you know how it shoots.

https://www.sgammo.com/product/30-carbine-ammo/120-round-bandolier-30-cal-m1-carbine-110-grain-fmj-ammo-stripper-clips-kore

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We have 10.5% sales tax here in Arkansas.  With shipping and tax the price goes WAY up.
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Here in New Mexico, including shipping, insurance and tax it's $417.60. That's about $.39 per round plus you get the clips, bandoliers, loading tool and ammo box. Really not a bad deal.
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Range Report

Fortunately, SE Wisconsin has had warm weather the last few weeks, I had a few days off work, and a can of the Korean surplus from SGAmmo to test drive!

Can received was Lot PS-81K161-468 (1981 vintage). Can in great shape with a bit of dust on it. The can did not have a tight seal, when originally packed several of the bandoleer strap edges were under the seal. However, the ammo inside is very nice. There were some minor corrosion spots here and there, but nothing concerning. Stripper clips have the integrated spoon.

I set up a target @~50 yards from a bench rest. Accuracy was very good and on par with Lake City 71 used for comparison. After the paper targets, I shot at steel range targets ~130 yards. No problem dinging the 6" and 8" targets most of the time. Rifle is a late Inland handstamp I just finished building up from parts, 6/45 barrel with a muzzle <1.

In total, I've shot 180 rounds in several range sessions with no issues. This ammo burns a little bit dirtier than LC, in my opinion, but not bad. I checked fired cases, everything looked good, no interior corrosion spotted. I'm giving it a thumbs up.

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Example of minor case blemishes



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Thanks for all the responses. By the way I checked AimSurplus and looks like they have it also. https://aimsurplus.com/korean-surplus-30cal-carbine-110grn-fmj-120rd-bandolier/ Buy 9 bandos for the 1080 can price ($367.20). Shipping to my part of TN was $17.90 and for whatever reason TN isn't on their long list of states they charge sales tax for. That put it at a hair under 0.36/round.  Anyone interested may want to check it out.
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Originally posted by GotSnlB28 GotSnlB28 wrote:

This ammo burns a little bit dirtier than LC, in my opinion, but not bad. I checked fired cases, everything looked good, no interior corrosion spotted. I'm giving it a thumbs up.


Agree with GotSnlB28, although I did not really think it was any dirtier than any of the other ammo I shoot. I only shot 50 rounds today, 67 yards at a B29 small silhouette with a 7" oval center, dropped a few out, my aging eyes get blurry trying to focus on the clear tip of the front sight post. I give the ammo a two thumbs up.

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Originally posted by W5USMC W5USMC wrote:

 I give the ammo a two thumbs up.
Sounds good.  Thanks for the report.
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The reason for the "burns a little dirtier than LC" observation was that I noticed more soot on the spent cases of the Korean ammo than on LC. Otherwise seemed the same.
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Thought it was interesting, as mentioned above I had bought 5 of the separate bandoliers of this Korean surplus ammo. The head stamp on this ammo is (K1 1 80), I also purchased one of the 1080 rd cases, the head stamp on the cased ammo is PSD 85. With the little bit of research I was able to do on the internet it appears that the K1 marked ammo may have been produced by the ROK Army Arsenal in Dongrae prior to the factory being purchased by PMC in 1982.
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