6.5 X 54mm M-S with "R" Headstamp


#1

Hi, All…
See illustration…Maker ??

Thanks!!
Randy


#2

Randy, it was made by CIL for T. Eaton & Co. of Toronto, Canada. Regards, Fede.


#3

Roger that…Thanks, Fede…


#4

Fede and others…

Time period of manufacture ??..And, what does the “R” represent ??

Thanks…Randy


#5

Dominion made for the Eatons Department Stores here in Canada (They closed in 1990) but ammo was all made in the 1930’s. They wanted to use E but was too easily confused with Eley. Unsure why they chose R.


#6

The Dominion CC produced c1929-1930 for T Eaton contracts of 44-40, 30-30 WCF, 303 British and 6.5x54MS (A89). At least three lots of 6.5MS were produced as indicated with the existance of “R 6.5 M-M”, “C 6.5 M-M” and just plain “6.5 M-M” hs. This was in the late 1920’s-1930 period when Dominion had become CIL.

According to RSACCA bulletin #206, the letters were date codes:

R = 20 May 1929
C = 11 July 1930

These were evidently intended to be used in converted 6.5x52 Mannnlicher-Carcano (MIS2) rifles (see images from the RSACCA bulletin #206).


#7

Here are two excerpts listing this cartridge taken from the T. Eaton catalogs published in 1935-36 and 1939-40, respectively.

Regards,

Fede


#8

Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles were as widely used in Canada in the 1920s & 30s as they were anywhere. I made two extensive trips in eastern BC and the Yukon in 1993 and saw 4 still in use, three 6.5s and a 9.5.