I acquired these 5 rounds from my friend Erik Bloomberg, most of you know him and his wife. Apron receiving them I informed him " Someone’s homemade reloads out of a fired casing with Fire Engine RED sealant they applied, not factory Purple." Erik gave me permission to use his name. He says several decades ago these rounds were examples he kept as a friend of his and himself were opening up sealed boxes and taking these rounds out and loading in cloth MG belts to shoot the ammo. He remembers it vividly. He feels they were arsenal boxes.
I have depot reloads in my collection and National Guard unit reloads, but I have never seen a US Government Ball reload of the time period with a domed BRASS primer and such bright red sealant.
I can attest they are reloads as the necks, shoulders and resizing signs above the extractor grove show such signs. Also the extractor groove and heads. No question they are reloads.
WE seek information and opinions please.
Here is a few more angels of the necks in diferent light…
I have added below for those who may not have, a random example from the time period of a FA factory loaded round. I could have probably found a nicer example, but you get the point.