Tried the search function with no results so here goes. Just bought a few boxes of ammo that are marked, “Armed Forces of Venezuela, 15 cartuchos Cal. 7mm, Common on shippers, for light automatic rifle, F.N. 1955” Box also has the “FN” in a an oval marking.
The cartridges are on silver colored strippers.
The head stamp and box say it is 1955 FN production
Dimensions are: in - mm
OAL 2.785 - 70.74
Case rim dia .470 - 11.95
Case head dia .465 - 11.81
Shoulder dia .449 - 11.43
Case oal 1.931 - 49.09
Head to shoulder 1.402 - 35.63
Head to neck 1.600 - 40.61 (the numbers don’t add to the case oal so my measurements are off a little)
Neck length .312 - 7.94
The head stamp is “55” at 6 O’clock - “F” at 10 O’clock - “N” at 2 O’clock
The sliver colored bullet attracts a magnet. The primer is crimped by three triangular stabs spaced equally between the lettering, with the triangle base on the primer. The primer is silver colored and the sealant is purplish.
Don’t know how to post pic if anyone can help please.
I’m unable to find any info on this round, or any rifles that might have used such a caliber. Venezuela did use bolt action and semi-automatic rifles chambered in standard 7x57 Mauser, but nothing in a 7x49 caliber.
Anyone have any knowledge about this cartridge?
Thanks for the help,