In this installment of Picture-of-the-Day (POTD), we take a look at a rare box of ammo with some Swedish origins. It might be commonplace in Europe (that we are not sure), but this box of .30-06 Springfield ammunition is not something you see everyday in the United States. This ammunition was given to me from an older gentleman who plainly asked if I could “dispose” of it for him. My response?… You bet! Where he originally obtained it from I will never know, but I am never one to refuse free ammunition.
The front of the box with the friendly picture of a moose on it loosely states:
Metal Cartridges for Hunting
The back of the box of ammunition we get into a much longer explanation. While the translation is not perfect, you will understand the message they are trying to convey:
The designation of metal cartridges ensures that these cartridges are manufactured according to the most modern methods, with the highest accuracy and strictest control of raw materials as well as details and finished products. The cartridges are dyed with sinoxidal caps (“rust-free”) and with the well-known Bofors brand. The projectile satisfies the highest demands on precision. Full-bodied expansion will be gained impact in soft parts.
Finally, on the bottom edge of the Swedish ammo box we get to see a little bit of ballistics data. The data displayed is velocity (meters/second) and energy (kilopond/meter). Once again, the translation is not perfect here, but it gives us an idea:
.30-06 Springfield 180 Grain Bullets
2,707 Feet/Second (FPS)
2,329 Foot-Pounds of Energy (Ft-Lbs)
This .30-06 Sprg. ammunition has a similar velocity to American varieties, but is a bit lower on the energy it puts out. For example, Federal Power-Shok ammo in a similar variety generates 2,913 Ft-Lbs of energy in their 180 Grain offering. This could be considered a lighter load for European standards (that I do not know) or it could just be the differences in powder used. Regardless, it definitely is not something you see every day and is interesting to see how other parts of the world package and display their ammunition.