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Old February 26th, 2017, 06:10 AM   #16
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With the adoption of the 7.62mm by NATO around 1954, many armies had a supply of Garands and didn't want to invest capital into a new rifle, the US Navy was one of them.

A few methods of converting them were tried, inserting a spacer in the chamber didn't work well, the best method was just to install a new barrel. Now for all the other European, African & Southwest Asia militaries Beretta offered overhaul and conversion services to 7.62mm, a "Tipo 2" consisted of cutting-off about 1/2 inch on the chamber end of a 30.06 barrel, rethreading and chambering it to the new cartridge, they also had to shorten the op rod, stock & handguard to match, and inserted a spacer in the clip well so 30.06 couldn't be loaded by mistake.

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I can give that ammo a good home if you like ;-)

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Old February 26th, 2017, 06:27 AM   #17
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If you do not have a M-1 Garand in 7.62X51 or .308 and do not plan on getting one, you can sell the en blocs and bandoleers and keep the ammo.

I would check the en blocs as to manufacturer, USGI WW II or Post War USGI en blocs are preferred by many M-1 Garand owners. I would also check to see what is printed on the bandoleers, if they are marked: 7.62MM. NATO, BALL M80, 8RD CLIPS, then the Lot number, they are worth more to some folks than the usual M14 bandoleers.

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Bad advice.

Don't break up the Can. M80 ball in clips from LC is exceedingly rare. Sell it all together and you will get a big premium.

Chances are the clips are just like the later Greek clips everyone hates. They have the different sized bump designed for newer ammo.

The biggest advantage of a 7.62 NATO Garand is cheaper and more available ammo. A 7.62 Garand will shoot all modern ammo of that Caliber. Rather then hunting out Garand safe 30-06

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Old February 26th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #19
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No advice intended or meant to be given.

Many shooters discard the bandoleers and en blocs after shooting the ammo, I guess they figure that they have no value. Knowledge is your best friend. I have found empty en blocs and bandoleers in the trash at the range.

Since it is American ammo it is most likely in American USGI en blocs of one kind or another. Because the ammo is NATO, the en blocs in the can will be appropriate to the wide extractor groove cut present on NATO 7.62X51 ammo.

The point is that the en blocs and bandoleers have value as does the ammo. It is not unusual to pay $10.00 or more for one empty bandoleer, six cardboard inserts and six USGI en blocs.

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Old February 27th, 2017, 07:18 PM   #20
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Here are a couple of images of the ammo.

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Old February 27th, 2017, 08:24 PM   #21
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But here is the thing, The can complete with ammo enblocs and bandos has a value far over and above if you broke up and sold the component pieces.

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I saw a lot of that ammo back around 1987 at Dam Neck Navy Base outside Norfolk, Va. They were using it to shoot their M-14's and they dumped the Garand clips. I scavenged the clips, they are good clips too.
This ammo was originally for the Navy's versions of th[RIGHT]e M-1 Garand, of which there were two types, both somewhat rare. The CMP recently sold a bunch off the barreled actions off. I had a Mk2 Mod 0 rifle with an H&R barrel and it was a fine shooter.

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