.30-40 bullet help needed


#1

I continue to sort through a pile of ammo I recently bought, and am now into the .30-40s. These two with hollow point bullets caught my attention. The person I bought the collection from stated that some had come from the Picatinny Arsenal, but none are identified as such, so I’m just a little more hesitant that usual to throw these in the reject can as reloads. The one on the left is headsdtamped F A 3 07 and has a small hollow in the tip of the bullet measuring about .050". The one on the right is headstamped F A 18, and has a copper protected sub caliber style primer. There is nothing obvious to me that would indicate these have been reloaded, but the bullet on the right does look like a bullet that might be found loaded in a .30-30 WCF or a .30 Rem Auto.


#2

Hi, Guy…They don’t appear to be factory, but, who knows??? The F A 3 07 appears to possibly be a .30 M1906 bullet, which someone made into a “hunting” bullet (we’ve all seen a bunch of 'em)…and the F A 18 appears to be loaded with, just like you said…a .30 small round nose something or other…Any other “interesting” Krags in the bunch ???..Randy


#3

Randy,
Thanks.

There was not much other than standard looking ball and blanks loads. The seller had mentioned he had some .30-40 that had been altered to .25 caliber that came from the arsenal. I did not find these, but did find a couple that have been resized to take a 6.5mm (.263) full metal jacketed round nose bullet, but as they have commercial Remington-UMC and WRA Co headstamps, they are questionable as military work.