In 1893 the spanish Army adopted the new Mauser rifle in 7 mm caliber. It was named the Spanish Mauser Model of 1893.
During the set up of spanish facilities to manufacture the rifle and its ammunition, orders were placed abroad for the first guns and cartridges.
The first Spanish Mauser rifles were manufactured by Ludwig Loewe & Co, Berlin. The spanish government factory at Oviedo started production only in 1896.
In 1893 a contract was placed on the german firm of Deutsche Metallpatronen, Karlsruhe, for nearly 16 millions of ball cartridges in the new caliber.
These cartridges had a CNCS roundnose bullet, and their typical headstamp was: (18 D.M. 94 K.)
I have found in an old book the data collected by the spanish commission that traveled to Germany to inspect the cartridges. A summary is presented in the attached file.
The number of rejects correspond to the total of the components that failed upon inspection. This means, for example, that the number of cases rejected is the sum of the empty cases rejected, the cases that failed upon the inspection of the loaded cartridges, and the cases that failed upon the firing trials.
It is funny to read that the chargers were the most difficult item to make, as they had the greater number of rejects upon inspection.
Does anybody know the rejection figures for ammunition of modern manufacture?