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I ran across some BT FMJ bullets I am trying to identify. They measure .308" average 174 gr and run between 1.275" & 1.300" long. There is no cannelure
They came from an estate sale and were in a box - no labels or any info about them.
May I assume these are M1 bullets or could they be something else?
They are, most likely, M1 Type bullets. That is, Match bullets. Younger guys will call them M72 although they were used in US National Match ammunition from 1924 until 1982.
Either that or M118 Special Ball for the 7.62 Nato, (.308) I thought those were 173 gr. but could be mistaken. Another option is the M118LR, but I thought those were 175gr. either way, those should be pretty good shooting bullets. If they are M118 series bullets, they're Sierra Match Kings.
The M1 Type were used in the M118 Match until it was discontinued in 1982. You are correct, it was also used in the M118 SB which was not a Match cartridge, but instead a Sniper round.
The M118 LR uses a 175 grain SMK hollow point. The M852 Match used a 168 grain SMK hollow point.
I believe all of the SMK are hollow point.
The M1 Type bullets were all essentially the same. The weight has been listed at anywhere from 172 to 174 grains.
They are not M1 bullets, They are M118 bullets. They were available from the CMP in bulk several years ago. They were sold by the 50 cal ammo can full.
I believe that they are 30M72 Match bullets. When Match ammo was reinstituted in 1957 an"M1 like" bullet designated the M72 was used.
This is a copy of the DCM price list which shows theri stock number and designation
This is a shipping container showing that they were for loading either the 30M72 Match ammo or the 7.62MM M118 ammo
This shows them in bulk pack. This from an 88 LOT
Originally they were shipped in 100 round boxes as shown
Hope that helps
Thanks for the info! Since the bullets could have been purchased several decades ago (perhaps 1960s, judging from some of the other items being sold from the estate), they probably are M72/M118s but could be M1s. From all I have seen they are the same design, just different designations.
The M1 bullets are cannelured. What you have are match bullets. The exact designation would depend on when they were made. That could have been anytime from 1924 to the 1990s. It is virtually impossible to tell the old ones from the new ones.
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