Educational Zone #179 – Greek .303 British Military Surplus Ammo

It has been a while since we have seen any .303 British military ball ammo available for sale. It almost brings a tear to my eye when I remember how cheap some of the .303 milsurp was back in the day. I bought a lot of it back then, but I should have “bought it cheap and stacked it deep”.

Oh well, one of many regrets.

But recently, we saw some Greek .303 British military surplus become available. Cheaper Than Dirt had some for sale in lots described as: Greek Surplus .303 British Full Metal Jacket, 174 Grain MK7Z Spitzer, 2440 FPS, 480 Round Bulk Case, Grade A.

That caused kind of a stir because it had been so long since we have seen any for sale. I decided to order some and it arrived pretty quickly.

Here it is.

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As you can see, it is slightly corroded on the surface and slightly “dirty”. But as Forrest Gump would say, “Pretty is as pretty does.”

I know from experience that I can tumble it in a vibrator tumbler with some corn cob media and it will clean right up of I want it to be shinier.

But the big question always is, “How does it shoot?” Well there is only one way to know.

I went to the range thin morning and shot some. I use two of my C&R rifles. The first is an old SMLE from Australia.

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It is a good shooter, but is limited by the patridge rear sight.

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Nothing wrong with that type of sight for a battle rifle, but it is harder to be very precise with such a sight.

The other rifle is my No.4 Mk 1, which is marked “U.S.Property”, indicating that it was part of the “Lend Lease Program” in WWII.

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It has a much better ladder peep sight. I can shoot it more accurately with this better sight.

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I will be shooting the Greek milsurp and comparing it against some Prvi Partizan 150 grain Soft Point ammunition.

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This ammo has proven to be very accurate. It sells for approximately 80 cents a round. That is compared to the Greek milsurp at about 39 cents per round.

Long story short, here are some of the targets.

These are three, 5 shot groups at 50 yards shot with my SMLE. The top one is the Prvi Partizan, and the two lower groups are the Greek milsurp.

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And here are some groups shot with my No.4 Mk 1. Again, the top group is the Prvi and the bottom two are the Greek milsurp.

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As you can see, I got almost the same accuracy with the two kinds of ammo. A slight difference, but not enough to matter.

Conclusions:

1. The Greek milsurp ran 100%, no failures or hang fires. It is Boxer primed and I can reload it.

2. It shot just about as well as the higher quality ammo, but at about half the cost.

3. Rule 303 is still in effect.

4. It’s fun to shoot stuff.

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