Can anyone identify this for me.


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steve896
May 4, 2008, 09:19 PM
Going thru some brass a neighbor gave me I found an odd round. The brass has U.S.C.Co. 38S&W stamped on it. The primer also has US stamped on it. It didn't have powder but something hard of the consistancy of charcoal and on top of that on the top 1/16" a whiteish sealer of some kind that was like dried out caulk and finished with a roll crimp. I've no idea what this is, something legit or it might have been someones experiment. Had no intention of shooting it, just curious.

Thanks, Steve

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Chief-7700
May 4, 2008, 09:35 PM
Steve, A picture would help!
Chief-7700

ReloaderFred
May 4, 2008, 11:05 PM
United States Cartridge Company and it sounds like a .38 S&W blank.

Hope this helps.

Fred

steve896
May 4, 2008, 11:30 PM
I had a thought about a blank after I posted, but the composition of what was in the cartridge seems like it could have been a projectile, kind of the opposite of my idea of a blank.
Thanks

ReloaderFred
May 5, 2008, 12:04 AM
At one time, they used Bakelite projectiles for dispatching cattle in slaughterhouses, but all the ones I've seen were .22 Long Rifle, but I've heard of .38's also being used. It's possible you have one of those.

Hope this helps.

Fred

Ian Sean
May 5, 2008, 02:11 AM
I got a 1/2 a box of old .38 ammo...kept in a garage (humid/ summer and winter) for for 20 years or so.

The wadcutters were heavily coated with white. But more like chalk, brittle and powdery...the lead deteriorated pretty bad.

Could be something like what you describe?

Owens
May 5, 2008, 07:57 AM
Sounds vaguely like a cyanide load for predator control. Not sure about the part "something hard of the consistancy of charcoal " though.

Jim Watson
May 5, 2008, 10:10 AM
"something hard of the consistancy of charcoal "

That sounds like black powder loaded under compression.
The 1/16" cap sounds like a frangible wad.

I think you have a black powder blank cartridge.

Claude Clay
May 5, 2008, 01:51 PM
what cartridge for snipes

snuffy
May 5, 2008, 02:06 PM
its the answer to:
what cartridge for snipes

No, I use a shotgun for snipe. Too hard to hit with a single projectile. The twisting, turning, abrupt changes in direction makes me miss even WITH a shotty!

Roccobro
May 5, 2008, 03:03 PM
I want to get in on this guessing game. But alas I would feel like a fool with my two ideas and no picture. (I know my two don't really fit the description anyways. :D)

Justin

steve896
May 5, 2008, 10:13 PM
Thanks for everyones info, I just found the exact round on auction arms, #7044836, it is a blank cartridge.

Steve

Roccobro
May 5, 2008, 10:44 PM
Well, my guess wouldn't have been far at all. Those look very much like the reloadable. 38 propulsion shells for the 40mm grenades.


http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i18/nielsenjt/IMG_8269.jpg

Justin

ReloaderFred
May 6, 2008, 12:10 AM
Do I get a prize??

Fred

Roccobro
May 6, 2008, 01:59 AM
I can email you a smoochy-smooch. but somehow that isn't very rewarding is it... :p

Justin

ReloaderFred
May 6, 2008, 11:59 AM
Yuk!!

Walkalong
May 6, 2008, 12:35 PM
arghhh - challenged today

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