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    Posted: February 26 2021 at 11:18am
So I decide to get myself into a new caliber during one of the worst ammo shortages ever.
Being that the shelves are pretty much devoid of 303 - I go the auction route and go big for a spam can of ammo - 300 rounds.
It arrives today and I open it because I got it to shoot not collect.
As soon as I pull the handle I am staring at some yellow fibrous pad on top of the bandoleers.
Being that the can is from 1949 my brain immediately goes - ASBESTOS!
Spending some research time on Google hasn't gotten me any answers.

Who here has any insight into what I just opened up in my workshop? Shocked


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more likely a moisture absorbent material. asbestos is not a good material for this purpose.
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asbestos is generally used where you would want insulation, 

betting it is just a felt, or fiber pad, to fill the tin and keep the bando's from rattling around, 



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I think its just fibrous packing material.
At one point it was coconut fiber!
The same can was used for 3 different ammo storage methods, boxes of 32 rounds, 250 rounds on a cloth belt, or ammo on stripper clips in bandoliers.
These just filled the empty spaces
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asbestos isn't some magically evil material that attacks you.  you have to break it, cut it or smash t to release fibers into the air.   the stuff was everywhere in the good old days.
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What ammo is this?  
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You are correct about asbestos. If in doubt, wet it with water and put it in a zip lock bag. It becomes a health hazard when "friable", or the small particles dry out and become airborne. I saw miles of the stuff removed from piping in fertilizer plants that were built in the '60's. They would hoard the area off with 2x4's and poly, wear approved tyvek suits and dust masks and wet and bag the old insulation.
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HT, they did the same at the paper mill I worked at.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 28 2021 at 10:04am
The bandoliers look similar to the lightweight "throw away" bandoliers used in WW2. 
These were also dropped to French Resistance along with the No4 rifles.
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if anyone has the old british steel helmets in their collections watch out as  the pad in the crown of the helmet is asbestos..    museums etc have removed them as they get very friable with age.
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What does the case head say? Like RG44 ?
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if its Radway Green it should be very good ammo , 
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