7.62X51 SB 75 headstamp


#1

Hi All, got a huge stash of U 303 and South African 7.62X51 today. In between the 350+ cartridges were two boxes of SB 75 7.62X51 cartridges. This headstamp was discussed before but no answers were given. Thanks,

Jonathan


#2

Santa Barbara


#3

…in Spain.


#4

Got that part thanks, are the just plain old ball? where can i find some more info please? I only speak English and Afrikaans so struggle on some web pages.

Thanks


#5

Yes, they are ball rounds. What else did you want to know?


#6

Yes, Spain.

I had a large quantity of .50 BMG by Santa Barbara from tha nineties that I just finished shooting up. Same logo as the packaging in your photo along with the SB headstamp.


#7

Thanks Jonnyc, why the green annulus?
Jonathan


#8

Of course, http://municion.org/ has a special section of Spanish 7,62x 51. Yes, well… this kind of hobby justifies the learning of several languages.


#9

I don’t believe there’s any significance to the green seal, just a standard color that is very common on Spanish ball ammo.


#10

Thanks guys


#11

Different countries and manufacturers use different colours to specify different loads, so it is always something that you need to check. For example, a green primer annulus on British 303 service ammunition indicates armour piercing.

What year is your U stamped 303? Whilst it is most likely South African Mint in Pretoria (1938-1942 and 1945-1961) or in Kimberly (1941), Remington Arms in the U.S. used U as their code in 1915.


#12

Hi Mayhem, the U stamped 303 is South African, my main focus at this point is South African manufactured 303 and 7,62X51. I only need U38, U47 and U55 to complete the U headstamp section of the date collection. It was actually the <> on a U <> 1942 case that got me started collecting. I live 100 km from Kimberley so it got the juices flowing…

Jonathan


#13

The Kimberly factory added the diamond to their HS in 1942 and ceased production in 1945. After that, everything was done in Pretoria.

I only have a few South African rounds in my collection and only WWII years.


#14

Hello,

I can add that the “SB” initials does no identify the manufacturer as “Santa Bárbara”, because the latter was not a factory but a national company created with the purpose of re-organize the military industries under the National Institute of Industry (INI). The manufacturer was the “Fábrica Nacional de Palencia”, that in this generic box was indicated in a small seal (now gone). Same generic box was used by Toledo using their own seal (cartridges headstamped SB-T).

Also, the use of a green primer seal was adopted in the early 60’s to identify the use of a Tetrinox primer (lead styphnate).

Regards,

Fede


#15

Fede, is there anything you don’t know ?? You are an incredible resource to this Forum. Bill