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RA52 Bandoleer

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Forum Name: Safety/ Accuracy/Shooting/Ammunition/Care and Maintenance
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Topic: RA52 Bandoleer
Posted By: Timothy
Subject: RA52 Bandoleer
Date Posted: Jun 02 2022 at 11:54pm
My Brother gave me a 120 rd bandoleer with RA52 rounds in clips. Looks in fine condition, brass is untarnished despite the age, and what appears to be the original cardboard strips still separate the 2-packs. The lot numbers/markings are generally legible on the fabric.
Is this something that some of you would consider collectible, i.e., would my kids stamp on my grave in 30 years if I shoot it up and reload the brass instead of treating the bandoleer like a safe queen?
I am not an ammunition collector, but would like to make sure I don't break up something that may be considered of historical interest.

P.S. to strengthen my appearance of ignorance: Does the RA headstamp designate Remington?



Posted By: W5USMC
Date Posted: Jun 03 2022 at 12:02am
Yes, many would consider that ammo collectible and yes RA= Remington Arms, the 52 is the year it was produced.

USMC Retired
NRA Life Member

Posted By: GotSnlB28
Date Posted: Jun 03 2022 at 8:25am
I would say less collectable than WW2 produced but still RA is not that commonly seen -vs- Lake City. WW2 era will always be more collectable IMO.
Someone had a full 600rd spam can of RA51 for sale on CMP forum that sat for a while before selling $425.
Its not getting any younger either. If you decide to shoot it I wouldn't feel too guilty about it.

Posted By: Jond41403
Date Posted: Jun 03 2022 at 11:20am
It is true that it is less collectible than world war II ammunition but it is still great vintage Korean war collectible ammunition. I would hang on to it since more recent lake City can be had. Just my two cents

Posted By: Timothy
Date Posted: Jun 03 2022 at 12:03pm
Appreciate the thoughts. I will keep it in an ammo can and hold on to it for now: still have plenty of brass for reloading. It is interesting that the retail price of new commercial .30 carbine is more currently more per round than the legacy RA51 that our friend from Wisconsin mentions above.


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