I have a .30 caliber cartridge with headstamp TW 54 which is confusing me.
It is unusual in that it has a 173 grain match bullet which appears to be an original loading and has what looks to be original crimping on the case mouth from the arsenal. The case appears to be regular issue-type with a nickel primer which has a ring crimped.
I have six of these cartridges and they arrived in a box of Match ammo which were headstamped LC 65 MATCH. Except for the ring-crimped primer, both these cartridges look exactly alike and they both weigh the same. I read Ray Meteta’s article in the journal about the history of match ammunition and TW 54 was listed as a match type loading with the M2 bullet, but this isn’t an M2 bullet. It looks exactly like a M72 173 match bullet. Both bullets are non-magnetic.
What are these things? Were the TW 54 cases leftovers that were loaded at a latter time with the M72 bullet?
Any information or speculation would be appreciated.