I hate to take on the job of being the “bad guy” here, but your
statement that the N .38 SPL 8 headstamp is "definitely made in
Sough Africa and not clandestinely imported at all obiviously"
is simply not correct. Cartridges with this style of headstamp were
made in Austria by Hirtenberger, and were mean’t to defy the UN’s
meddling in the affairs of South Africa during the almost world-wide
embargo imposed on that nation.
This is well-known among European and South African collectors,
not to mention that the cartridge characteristics are purely Hirtenberger
and not those of PMP, (now, I believe, called the Devel Corporation, or at
least selling ammunition under that name), the major South African
manufacturer of small arms ammunition.
Hirtenberger also made cartridges in some caliber with the same basic style
of headstamp and informational code (letter/number) for Musgrave, who sells
ammunition under their own headstamp and brand name but evidently does not
manufacture any of it, buying it all from other makers. but with the addition of "mus"
on the headstamp at the 12 o’clock position.
To my knowledge, no one has questioned the Hirtenberger connection for a long time
now. Of course when first found, it took some detective work to determine where it was