This is a discussion on Cartridge Head Stamp Site within the Ammunition forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I have one to identify, assuming it is federal. Most of my brass are FC top - 308 win bottom; or FC -12 (or other ...
Austria, '75, [ HP ], Berdan, three star crimp with dark green primer sealant. Other HS's H
Austria, '78, [ HP ], Berdan, three star crimp with no primer sealant visible.
Austria, '79, [ *79* ], Boxer, three star crimp with light green primer sealant. * 79 * 7.62x51
Austria, '80, [ *80* ], Boxer, three star crimp with light green primer sealant. * 80 * 7.62x51
Good luck in the future...
Thank you, sir! You just confirmed that my case of 1K 1979 Hirtenberger 7.62x51 is Boxer primed. I thought that was part of the reason why I bought it several years ago and I have been living with the misinformation from another site (and kicking my bum for a few years now) that it was Berdan-primed. Happy to have the Hirt brass for reloading.
Evidently some 1975 Radway-Green made it across the pond as well.
'75 [RG], "L2A2", (most likely) Berdan, ring crimp with purple primer sealant. (+)
Clean, annealed brass case w/ a flat "ring" crimp @ case mouth around projo.
The years I have tested myself.
British, '68, [ RG ], Berdan, ring crimp with purple primer sealant. (Radway Green)
British, '84, [ RG ], Berdan, ring crimp with purple primer sealant. (+)
British, '85, [ RG ], Berdan, ring crimp with purple primer sealant. (+)
British, '90, [ RG ], Boxer, ring crimp with red primer sealant. (+)
British, '93, [ RG ], Berdan, ring crimp with purple primer sealant. (+)
British, '95, [ RG ], Berdan, ring crimp with purple primer sealant. (+)
I've been shooting some '89 RG lately and since I found this '75 batch in storage I will give it a try on my next range session. RG, in general, is some of the very best surplus I have used. It worked great in my early DSA FAL too, which I sold to get my LRB.
Last edited by DudleyDR; June 22nd, 2016 at 08:49 PM.
No-date Hirtenberger. Just opened a 200-round battlepack of Hirtenberger. There were no markings on the plastic case and there is not a date on the 20-round boxes. Box has the circled HP logo and reads "20 Cartridges, cal. 7,62mm x 51 BALL", followed by the Austrian address. Headstamped "HP", ".308", "7.62x51". No NATO circled cross. Has green primer sealant and a three-point crimp. Odd.
Last edited by DudleyDR; June 21st, 2016 at 11:31 PM.
Need some help with some LC head stamp. Separating some brass for reloading, the NM was easy to identify, but a number of the cases were marked with LC dates 1976,77, 82, 83 along with a circle with a cross in it. What does the circle and cross signify? Thanks!