04 January 2016

Cartridge ID

Marv has a short belt of 8mm Mauser ammo.

He's sure it came from a relative, probably his grandfather.

Head Stamp (starting at 12)  P181 - S* - 38 - 37.

I've managed to trace that down to...

Being made by Hugo Schneider AG - Brass case - Lot 38 - made in 1937.

The bullets strongly attract a magnet.

I think it's bog standard 7.9mm Patr. S.m.E. aka 7.9mm Patrone Spitzgeschoss mit Eisenkern aka 7.9mm cartridge pointy bullet with an iron core.

In other words, normal 7.92x57mm ball.

Update:

Further examination leads me to think that it's really 7.9mm Patr. S.m.K. aka 7.9mm Patrone Spitzgeschoss mit Kern aka 7.9mm cartridge pointy bullet with an armor piercing core.  I come to think this because of the red sealed primer.


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