My friend and neighbor died about a week ago, and was a West Point, two-tour VN veteran - a Major. I was just shown the cartridge cases from an 18-round salute (6 men firing three volleys) given at graveside by a firing order from the VFW. They were .30-06 and a mini-cartridge collection, with rounds from St. Louis Arsenal, Frankford Arsenal, and Lake City Arsenal, with dates as early as 1943. One caught my eye and was the highest date I have ever seen on a U.S. Military .30-06 blank, L C 04. Unlike the others, which were either original blanks with the normal roll-crimp over a wad, and a cannelure on the neck, the LC 04 round was rosebud-crimped, although still the basic length of a 30-06 fired case, not an extended neck blank.
I assume that these blanks were made that way at LC. If not, this would be a commercial reload. I would think, though, that Lake City probably made this to fill some of the shortages for salutory blanks for those firing parties, like VFW, that still use the Garand M1 rifle for firing grave-side salutes.
thought the date was interesting enough to report here. Maybe it is very common. I don’t collect this caliber, so don’t know.