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Old 06-04-2020, 08:47 PM
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Wondering if any could tell me (other than the obvious) anything about these? Maybe a year something about the company? Quality reloads? Anything would help...


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3D ammo was top notch for me , when I bought it years ago.

Loved the 110gr Jhp .357 ammo, very accurate and better than anything I could load.
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3D was a major ammo remanufacturing company. Back in the 1970's and 1980's we used 3D ammo on our police department range for years. I don't recall any significant problems.
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Old 06-04-2020, 10:28 PM
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When I was a young (and poor) lad....

I used that ammo by the thousands.

Never a problem.

My only negative recollection was that the ammo had a fair amont of smoke and tasted "funny".
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Old 06-04-2020, 10:31 PM
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Tasted funny? Thats different.... my father gave them to me... he was with a PD around the time these were made
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I shot some 3-D way back in the day also. 3-D did something that I don’t recall any other re-man outfits doing... they made their ammo from used brass, but they also OVER stamped the case head! I’ve still got some nickel .357 in my stash that is W-W Super with 3-D stamped right in there with it.

The look is... not great, hahaha. Makes the case head really busy.

Ammo never gave me any fits. I used more Black Hills back in those days.
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I used to buy them at gun shows some years ago. Mild somewhat smoky
reloads about like Star as I recall.
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3-D was a commercial reloader, and I think their customer base was mainly PDs, for training use. No idea when they started business or if they still exist. I have several boxes of their .38 Special ammo. I don't remember seeing any other calibers. The boxes I have are green and white, marked as "For Law Enforcement Use Only".

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Didn’t see them much back in the Northeast, at least at our local gun shops.
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They were located in Doniphan, NE. I can't find if they are still in business or not, but I think not.
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smokey, dirty but always went bang.
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Our NYC range ordered many cases of 3D .38 wadcutters in the 70s and 80s. I shot several 1000s of 3D WCs back then. Never a problem. It seemed that a SWC/LRN service round equivalent was not available at that time. We LEOs would have absolutely LOVED such a load!

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I still have some in 125 gr swc. They hit similar to CCI 135 gold dot 38 +p out of snubs. Great for practice, never had any problems with them. Be Safe,
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