old .308 brass ID


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thomis
June 7, 2010, 05:29 PM
I have some older .308 brass that I'd like to ID. I think I have it pretty close so I basically want to confirm that its not a military version that I would need to reduce the charge by 10%.

The first set has: "WRA" and "68" and a cross hair symbol. From the website that someone shared earlier here (http://cartridgecollectors.org/headstampcodes_bottom.htm), it is Winchester Repeating Arms made in 1968. The only thing that throws me off was the cross hair symbol. There was no info on that on the website I attached.

The second set of brass has the following: "DWM" and "H" on one side, "V" on the other side of primer and then "308 WIN".
I gather from the website that it is made in Netherlands but again, there is no info eluding to the "V".

~thomis

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Kernel
June 7, 2010, 06:41 PM
I always thought the cross in a circle is a NATO milspec symbol. So, that brass is most definitely military.

EMC45
June 7, 2010, 06:44 PM
The circle cross is a NATO stamping, WRA is Winchester Repeating Arms. The DWM= Deutches Waffen Manufabriken or something there-abouts. The H and V are probably designators at which arsenal they were made in..

Randy1911
June 7, 2010, 09:49 PM
Being military brass, it proably has a crimped in primer. You will have to swage out the crimp before you can reseat a new primer. There are a lot of different tools that you can do that with. If you only have a few, then a hand tool will be fine. If you have a lot (hundreds) I would recommend the Dillon Super Swage 600. With the Dillon I can do proably 10 a minute.

jonnyc
June 7, 2010, 10:19 PM
As stated, the WRA is Nato-spec dated military brass. Very easily reloaded, but yes, with a slightly reduced internal capacity. Not really an issue unless you are working with warm loads. The DWM is West German commercial brass. The H and V are a factory date coding system. It is most-likely reloadable Boxer primed.

Maj Dad
June 8, 2010, 01:16 AM
Speer imported Dutch-made DWM brass & ammo in the 70's and they are headstamped similarly. I have a couple hundred Speer-DWM 30-06 once fired and virgin brass cases in the original boxes I like to keep around for old times sake. $2.50/box 180 gr Speer bullet loaded ammo, don't recall the brass price... :(

EMC45
June 8, 2010, 09:39 AM
Disregard my previous statement....

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