Am I reading this box correctly? One must clean it after every 5 shots?
These gallery practice loads were intended for use indoors at range of 50 feet to maybe 25 yards, with very light powder charges, and the bullets were soft lead. This would result in rapid build up of lead fouling in the rifle barrels if not cleaned, and adversely effect accuracy.
Here is some more background:
Development of .30 caliber gallery practice cartridges for Krag rifles in the mid 1890s followed a similar pattern to the earlier .45-70 cartridges. In 1895 the first .30 caliber gallery practice cartridge adopted used a case turned from solid brass with a small cavity for a 5 grain black powder charge loaded with a round lead ball. Cost and cleaning problems led to this being replaced by the Caliber .30 Gallery Practice Cartridge Model of 1896 which used a standard case with neck cannelure, 5 grains of black powder and a round lead ball, and smokeless powder was authorized for use starting
in 1901 (see figures 22-23). Brass five cavity bullet molds were issued for local use to cast .30 caliber round balls for reloading .30 caliber gallery practice cartridges such as the one in figure 24.
In 1904 a semi-pointed 107 grain lead bullet with a reduced powder charge was adopted as the caliber .30 Gallery Practice Cartridge for Model of 1898 Rifle. Examples are shown as a full box from Frankford Arsenal and a sectioned round in figures 25-26.
(Note: Sections by Paul Smith)
Nice pictures JohnS. Thanks for sharing them.
Reminds me of the types used in the Norwegian Krags and Swedish Mauser rifles. Nicknamed “lingonberries”!
Moulds for the conical bullet are probably still in production. If not they are readily available. Brass is still manufactured. It is entirely practical to reproduce the load, which is reasonably accurate even to 100 meters. Lots of fun if you have one of the old rifles.