7.62 x 54R with WESTERN 20 Headstamp

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.


Nice work Randy

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

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