.500 3" Express by H. Utendoerffer


#1

This is probably general knowledge but it’s way out of my field. I have a .500 3" Express with an “H. Utendoerffer D” headstamp. What does the “D” stand for?

Paul


#2

According to Brad Dixon in his two volume work on European Sporting Cartridges, the German companies used the English 360, 450, and 500 BPE rounds as a basis for some of their sporting cartridges. The German versions had a more tapered case near the rim and a slightly smaller base (14.55mm versus 14.65mm).

Utendoerffer used a “D” (for Deusche) on their h/s to indicate the German version and a “E” (for English or less likely Eley) for the English version.