.50cal BMG "FA 41"unknown draw stage


#1

The headstamp is “FA 41”. The well has no flash holes. The headstamp has a fine raised rim, like after being hit with a bunter. To the right is a fired “Cal 50 FA 32” for comparison. Which draw stage is it?


#2

Well now Vlad, that would depend on the number of draws used to make a complete case. Could be the 4th draw, or the 5th, or the 6th. Or, who knows?


#3

I guess I mean what this stage is in a descriptive way, for example, this is the stage right before the ejection groove is formed or this is the stage before flash holes are punched. I was not asking for a number of the stage.


#4

Vlad - I believe people would say that the case has been “headed”. That is, struck with the bunter, impressing the headstamp and forming the rough primer pocket.

Ray


#5

Stages in the formation of a . 50" Browning cartridge case and bullet jacket (Courtesy: Eurometaal)


#6

Thanks, it’s the 4th from the bottom right, even though mine has a straight untapped well, no dimple. Love the feel of this unfinished rim.


#7

If the one in the photo is Berdan primed, it would have the anvil swadged into the pocket. Is that what you meant by “dimple”?


#8

Correct, “dimple” is Russian for “anvil” (insert smiley face here). The photo with draw stages has anvils (aka dimples) (another smiley here).


#9

So, Kirk Douglas had an anvil in his chin? ;) ;)