I recently picked up (cheap) two full boxes of new primed .38 Short Colt brass. HS is WESTERN 38 SHORT COLT, and are packed in the Winchester -Western (big W) yellow boxes typical of the 1970s, both of which are marked as containing .38 SC primed cases. Case length is about 0.76"
In a previous posting here about the .38 SC, the advantages/disadvantages of using the .38 SC in CAS were discussed. Starline makes .38 SC cases now, presumably for CAS shooters that want very light loads for their .38 Special revolvers. That was not the situation in the 1970s as I don’t think CAS had been invented yet. I can’t imagine there would have been enough of a market for .38 SC cases or loaded ammunition during the 1970s to justify their manufacture. So how could the .38 SC survive that long?
These cases are copper-ish in color rather than brassy. I have previously noticed the same metallic hue in other boxes of revolver-caliber Winchester primed cases of the postwar period. So why is this - a different alloy? Also, why not a W-W HS? I’m reasonably certain the boxes are post-1960. Old stock in inventory?