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Re: Contract casing question...
Posted by keogh on Saturday, 6 October 2012, at 9:38 p.m., in response to Contract casing question..., posted by frontierwest on Saturday, 6 October 2012, at 7:44 p.m.
As you know the Government contracted with 3 civilian cartridge makers in their quest to find and develop a outside primed reloadable case. The 3 mfgers were Winchester, Union Metallic Cartridge Co, an the United States Cartridge Co. The headstamps will be W for Winchester, L for US Cartridge Co, and B for Union Metallic Co. As you suggest, the case head will have the month and date of Mfg along with B,L, or W. I do have a 12-78 Winchester as well as a 3-80 US Caartridge Co. case. When they started and stopped is a good question. I suspect, that the ratio of contract cases depends on the area. The (B) Bridgeport is the most common in my area.
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