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Found Some Interesting Brass Today (Pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ObsidianOne, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. ObsidianOne

    ObsidianOne Well-Known Member

    Found what appears to be a .380 casing, but with a 9mm headstamp, it reads S&B (strange symbol) 9mmBr.c.
    It still has the Sellier & Bellot red primer as you can see in the picture.
    Left is a Winchester 9mm case for comparison.

    IMAG0209 by ObsidianOne, on Flickr

    IMAG0210 by ObsidianOne, on Flickr

    Headstamp is kinda strange, I believe it to be 7.62x54R I can see three numbers throughout, says "3 11 48" Not particularly in that order, just one every 1/3 of the headstamp.
    Any idea what this is? :)

    IMAG0211 by ObsidianOne, on Flickr

    IMAG0212 by ObsidianOne, on Flickr
  2. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    European way of denoting .380.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I picked up some of those at the range a few days ago.
  4. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    9mm Browning = .380 ACP
  5. mdi

    mdi Well-Known Member

    .380 ACP AKA 9mm Corto, 9mm Short...
  6. RyeDaddy

    RyeDaddy Well-Known Member

    The rifle round is a 7.62x54R as you thought. I see ALOT at my local shooting club, always someone shooting a Mosin. Don't know the make, sorry.

    The others are correct on the 380.
  7. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    I had some 7.62X54 that was from Yugoslavia that was packed in a rectangular tin with 330 rounds of brass cased ammo sporting an identical head stamp. Used to be able to buy it from Century Arms for $25 a tin.:)
  8. ObsidianOne

    ObsidianOne Well-Known Member

    Interesting about the .380. I originally thought someone trimmed down some .380 but the S&B primer stuff (what is that anyway, wax?) made me think otherwise.

    The 7.62x54R isn't magnetic, but I'm unsure if it's a berdan primer. Any way to find out for sure short of depriming it?
  9. K-Rod

    K-Rod Well-Known Member

    Just shine a flashlight down it. If there's one single flash hole in the center, its Boxer. If there's two offset holes, its Berdan.
  10. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    9mm Browning corto (short)

    Aka 380auto

    posted via mobile device.
  11. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    Yup, there's lots of ways to denote 380s. 9x17, 9mmK, 9mmBrC, etc.

    And that x54R case is almost positively berdan primed, there's only a few that are not and they are recognized headstamps like Prvi or Winchester.
  12. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    I think the x54r might be albanian.

    I had a tin of Albanian stuff. Worked well, non-magnetic, brass cased, and 'sealed' around the primer and case mouth by some blind ADD victim because the seal was very rarely actually around the primer or case mouth. Pretty stiff brass, dimples around the shoulder, but it shot nicely.

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