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    Posted: 12 November 2011 at 5:12pm
Just bought a box (48 rounds) of HXP 86 .303 ammo in Oklahoma today for $34.95 +taxes.....what does everyone thing about this ammo.  I have looked around and it seems to be rated good ammo and for that price its cheaper. They are full metal jacket also wondering what grain they are?
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The HXP is top rated 303 ammo and should be reloadable. If you don't reload yourself, keep it to sell or pass on to someone who does.

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Thats cheap I can get privi-partzan 180 grn in the 20 pack for 21.99 and our wonderful two taxes10% and most other "name brands for around the 22-25 dollar mark,but I reload so dont purchase much new  anymore
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The bullet is a 174 grain and the round  has the same performance as Mk VII ball.  The Greeks recieved a large number of Enfields after WWII and loaded  ammo for them.  It is really good ammo and non corrosive. 
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Thanks for the imput and answers one other when I was given the enfield I was also given 20 rounds of Hornady 150 soft tips are they corrosive or not?
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I have used and reloaded HXP cases in the past. I suggest you check the cases carefully as the brass is prone to cracking after a couple of reloading sessions and can lead to case separation. Get yourself a case extractor otherwise it could ruin a day at the range.
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I just noticed this thread, figured I'd add my .02.
 
From what I found when examining a broken down round (I always pull and section one bullet from any batch of milsurp ammo I'm not already familar with),
1. The bullet is a solid lead core, aproximately 175 grain.
2. The case is practically identical to Winchester commercial .303 brass of the same vintage, one case from a 48 rnd box even having the same manufacturing defect I'd found in a box of the Winchester ammo. The relief cut above the rim was about 6 times as broad.
These are boxer primed, and probably non corrosive, but I'm not entirely certain of the last.
 
Others have done more careful studies of this ammo, and they all seem to agree that the brass drawing equipment , bullets, and powder are identical to that used by Winchester.
 
Winchester .303 brass does have a rep for short case life if headspace is not close to SAAMI maximum specs.
 
I've only fired a few rounds of this ammo, been saving it for use in my SMLE which has good headspace at .067-.068. The few rounds I have fired in the SMLE showed no sign of excessive stretch or annular rings.  
 
I got this ammo at $12.95 per 48 rnd box many years ago.
 
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I've seen it claimed that HXP ammo was made on equipment from Britian, but theres no simularity between the HXP and British milsurp .303 that I can see.
Britian cut off foreign aid to Greeceshortly after WW2 and the U S took up the slack in rebuilding Greece's arms industry. The Germans had stolen or destroyed all cartridge manufacturing machinery during the war.
Its not unlikely that pre WW2 Greek ammo was made on British equipment.
 
I suspect that Winchester has bought components from Greece, and that the Winchester brass I mentioned was drawn on the same machinery which would explain the identical defect.
 
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