I have been buying odd lots from an ammunition packrat’s estate for the past few months and have come across a few items of interest—I am not an ammunition collector, so they interest me, at least.
Among them is this round on the left, which seems to fit the description for Range Dummy as given in the .30-'06 sidebar at the main site.
This was found when I stripped a Garand clip of LC 66 found in a can randomly filled with various M2 and AP rounds. Is it Range Dummy?
Also in the pile, I have found tin plated bullet rounds with FA 36 through FA40 headstamps which, as per Hatcher’s Notebook, must be the pre-M2 return to the 150grain projectile. FA 49 AP with zinc plated primers (n/c?)—Bay of Pigs rounds—FA 41—full boxes of Eau Claire, Denver and Des Moines M2, etc.
Which brings up a proceedural question: It is my intention to fire most of this stuff, but not being a collector, I don’t know whether this is a sin or not, so I would like to solicit your advice on this matter. Fire, or don’t fire?
The tin bullet stuff is photo-op only, by the way.