Lew - I know you didn’t mean that. I was just trying to clarify that for others.
I agree 100% with your analogy about “fakes” by the way. Just because a cartridge is loaded by an individual or a small company doesn’t make it a fake by any means. Sometimes we forget that ammunition is made to be shot, and by many people for many shooting purposes.
Unfortunately, like with so many similar rounds, we probably will never know precisely what it is, but I hope we do find out.
I try not to save handloads or reloads, unless they are parts of known experiments, but I do save known “new” (unfired cases) loads by small loading and reloading companies, since they are “factory new ammo” by any description. Now, that said, I would not save ammunition that an individual loaded on new brass. Well, I have to admit I cheated in my tiny accumulation of .44-40 (I own 12 .44-40 caliber firearms) and kept one of my own handloads that I did on my first batch of new Starline nickeled .44 cases. It is quite lovely, thank you!
I know these oddball bullets are always a problem in sorting out. I have some put aside that I simply don’t know the history of, but I hesitate to throw them away. I destroy fakes when positively identified, and just dump unimportant reloads when they are positively identified as such.
Interesting that the bullet on that lead round is so heavy. I missed that in the opening of the thread. Obviously not a Ballisticast judging from their own list.
On the brass bullet, I tend to agree that it is some form of Arcane. Whether a knock off by SIB, I just don’t know. It could even be an Arcane, I suppose. I know we are used to seeing flat-tip copper bullets, but who knows if we have identified every type the guy made? It could just as easily be made as part of the huge group of rounds that lead to the THV, although I haven’t seen that one before and it is not on a nice pictorial list done by a French collector (I have a couple, though, not on that list) and have nothing like it in my own collection. It is a nice round, regardless.
Edited to remove my initial confusion over the lead bullet weight.