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38 SPL headstamp

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MMCSRET, Oct 12, 2008.


    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    Sorting a 5 gallon bucket of mostly 38 brass and came upon a handful of cases with "HARRINGTON" name. Never seen it before in over 50 years of loading. Anyone know the name and where it was produced?
  2. esheato

    esheato Well-Known Member

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    Harrington Ammunition Inc. Website

    From Website:

    Harrington Ammunition Inc. was started in 1978 by Richard (Dick) Harrington, a retired police officer and firearms instructor. Dick was looking for a way to produce quality ammunition at an affordable price for police officers. He knew the type of budget constraints police departments were under and how training with their weapons was a low priority due to the cost of factory ammunition. Dick started Harrington Ammunition Inc. and sold his products to departments at prices they could afford to better train their officers.
    To date, Harrington has supplied over 40 million rounds of ammunition for the law enforcement community. We provide remanufactured rounds as well as new ammunition.

    After many years of hard work, Dick and Maryanne Harrington are going to semi-retire. Larry Panozzo and Donald Pinkston convinced the Harringtons to sell the business to them. Larry Panozzo retired with over 29 years on the job as a police officer in Michigan and a reloader for almost as long. Larry has been a firearms instructor since 1983. Donald Pinkston has 31 years experience as a tool and die designer and an extensive knowledge of machinery. Together, they're a perfect combination to carry on the Harrington tradition of quality ammunition manufacturing.

    As of April 1st, 1999, Larry and Don officially took over the corporation of Harrington Ammunition Inc. Don Pinkston, Larry Panozzo, and Larry's wife Mary Panozzo who is a Sergeant for a Michigan Sheriff's Department give you their personal assurance that the quality you've come to expect will continue and will strive to improve upon existing product quality. They also continually work to maintain a reasonable inventory to be able to fill orders as quickly as possible.

    Harrington Ammunition cleans and polishes every piece of brass that enters the shop for remanufacturing. Each piece of brass is then run through a Scharch Range-Master case processor which pressure checks, de-primes, checks for ringers, and reams the primer pocket. Brass is then base sized, crucial for semi-automatic (rimless) cases. While loading, cartridges are systematically checked in a chamber gauge. After loading, bullets are polished, inspected, and packaged by hand. At Harrington Ammunition we feel the human eye is the best quality control to insure the best product available.

    Harrington Ammunition uses only premium components during all stages of manufacturing. Some companies look to offer a lower priced product by using military surplus or bulk discount powder. Harrington Ammunition uses only the best Hodgdon powder and OEM primers. We also use copper jacketed bullets (not copper plated) that are fully encased in a complete metal jacket to insure that airborne lead particles are kept to a minimum.

    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    The few pieces I have have the HARRINGTON name spelled out. Probably the same only different.
  4. The_Antibubba

    The_Antibubba Well-Known Member

    What's the difference?
  5. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    Jacketed bullets start with an empty bullet jacket of the right diameter. The jacket is usually cupronickel or a copper alloy. Then a lead core is pressed or swaged into the jacket. The jacket is then struck into a die that closes the jacket into the desired shape - soft point, hollow point, full metal jacket, or half jacket. You can buy the tools to do it yourself here http://www.corbins.com/prrfjm.htm .

    Copper plated bullets start with the lead core, which is then electroplated with copper. After a certain thickness is plated onto the core, it is then struck in a die to make it uniform. Finally it is polished.
  6. shovel66

    shovel66 Well-Known Member

    good explination Ants. I would also add that plated bullets are usually much softer than jacjeted and have different load data.

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