Bertram Headstamp and SMI Headstamp ID's


#1

I am trying to ID two modern reproduction cartridges from another forum. Apparently the owner of these cartridges and cases does not own a micrometer.

First up is a Bertram fired case with the headstamp “AUST”.

Second is a hand loaded cartridge marked SMI USA. I have seen this headstamp before (on non-Italian made reproduction cases), but I can’t remember what it stands for. I think other SMI cases that I have seen were of the lathe turned variety, but this one looks like a drawn case. I have cases by Red Willow Armory and Rocky Mountain Cartridge that have headstamps in a similar form. I want to know what SMI stands for and any guesses on the cartridge ID would be appreciated.

I have reposted the owners pictures with his permission.

Thanks-Curt




#2

Possible SMI information: Rwa & smi usa

[quote=“Fede”]Pete, the turned cases headstamped SMI USA were made by Stevi Machine in Stevensville, Montana. It seems that their first case was a .45 2.6’’ basic advertised in mid 1990.

In 1991 SMI changed its name to Red Willow Armory and later to Red Willow Tool & Armory, although in some cases both designations were used concurrently.

In 1993 they went out of business and the company was reorganized in Cody, Wyoming as the Rifle Works & Armory.

In late 1996 or 1997 their new designation was Gain Twist Barrel Co. (Rifle Works & Armory.)

In 1998 the company moved to a different address in Cody and again changed its name to Ballard Rifle & Cartridge, LLC.

In 2007 they moved to Onsted, Michigan, where they still operate as the Ballard Rifle and Cartridge Co.

Regards,

Fede[/quote]


#3

Excellent information! Thank You.


#4

According to my records on Bertram Bullets, that “AUST” headstamp is known on: 25-20 SINGLE SHOT, 35 WCF, 11MM (43) SPANISH (unformed) and 45 BASIC 2.6" (maybe the example shown ?).


#5

Thank You WBD. I agree that these are probably.45 Basic cases. Do you have any information on when this headstamp was used, is it an early production headstamp?


#6

My records show that the BB 45 Basic with “AUST” hs was produced before 1989 and as BERTRAM BULLETS, Co was formed in 1985 that should give it as c1985-1988. The other “AUST” hs were also all used <1989. - ie fairly early Bertram production but may have been produced much after this as well.


#7

Excellent! I commend you for your record keeping!