A friend bought this can and one 20-rd box of ammunition at a militaria show last weekend. I thought it was very interesting and had not seen one before.
I guess the basic questions are…who was it loaded for? And why? It sure appears to be a standard GI can and 20-rd carton, although the carton cardboard seems a bit pale. I didn’t get a photo of the cartridges but they looked like basic .303 ball rounds, with U.S. type annealing marks. The seller said they were boxer primed cases. I think the headstamp was “.303 WCC 81 005”. Not 100% sure the “005” was included but I think so.
So why was the U.S. Government contracting for .303 ammo in 1981? I’ve heard stories that one of the reasons .303 is scarce on the world surplus market today is that the CIA scoured the world in the 90s and perhaps after 2000 to supply friendly forces that were still using older .303 weapons. But this is 1981 production.
If anyone knows for sure or has a good theory, I’d sure like to know. Thanks in advance.