I hope this is of interest:
Tomorrow, Jan 1st 2007, will mark the end of my first year of serious cartridge collecting. I’ve always had the odd round knocking about and would occasionally buy a round that looked unusual, over the years I’d ended up with about 300 rds of mostly the bread and butter rounds, 7.62 X 54, 51,39, 30-06, .303, 9mm, .45 etc etc and I had asked a couple of questions on the IAA site when I couldn’t ID the headstamp. Mostly with the rounds I had I could pick any one up and know it’s calibre and who made it and the tip colour would give a clue as to it’s type but that was all.
Last January I decided to take it seriously, so I joined the IAA and ECRA, The IAA & ECRA Journals are full great articles and information.
I’ve been to one Cartridge Show, which amazed me to see just how many different rounds there are out there, the number of Cartridge books I have has gone from 1, Cartridges of the World, to 29 on various types and calibres. The collection has jumped from 300 to 1200.
I have met other Cartridge Collectors in person and via the internet, all these people have been really nice and have given me valuable information and help. I have traded rounds all over the world and made great contacts.
I am more interested in collecting now than a year ago, the problems I have are that I still haven’t settled down to collecting one type or calibre and anything I haven’t got I want !!! , having spent hours writing the calibre on each round I now realise I need to adopt a numbering system of some sort, the last real major problem I have is I seem to be somewhat deficient in the amount of money I’d like to spend on Cartridge Collecting so please send large amounts of cash to Simon at… ;-)
So, I look forward to another year collecting and wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Edited to add: Mods please delete this if you think it’s to much waffle :-)