7.62 x 54R with WESTERN 20 Headstamp


#1

I believe these were made by Western Cartridge Company for Finland (Possibly Russia?). 1920 of course. These cartridges exhibit a nickeled primer cup of about .250" diameter. When sectioned, it is revealed that this is a Berdan primer. Loaded with 50.0 grains of what appears to be a DuPont IMR type powder. 149 grain CN bullet with the typical conical depression in the base. The flash holes seem unusually large when compared to European made Berdan cases.
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Randy


#2

Nice work Randy


#3

The flash holes also appear very flared where typically they are straight shots. Nice section!


#4

Perhaps the primer pocket and flash hole design of this cartridge are based on Western’s 8 m/m Lebel cartridges of wartime manufacture. Jack