because I have no idea what the designations could reasonably mean I asked the forum. :)
Before I fight my way through Gerd’s text just let me say this:
Gerd gives in his book the designations as 0.30, while in my files I find 0,30, he’s possibly right.
And to you, John, I absolve you from not remembering proper spelling of comrade Erich Honecker’s name. I don’t remember anything he really deserves it for!
Gerd covers the matter on page 86:
… Among others hunting cartridges based on the M43 were made. Designations for the bullets [Hans: for better readability in a table:]
0.30 MC / 43,
0.30 SPS / 43,
0.30 MC / 45 and
0.30 SPS / 45
as well as 0.30x39 SPS for the cartridge with soft point bullet for example, and MC for the full jacket version, make assume the US American market as planned purchaser, though former employees believe the cartridges were meant for Herrn Honecker’s hunting activities with a hunting rifle mady by GWB Wiesa.
Bullet masses in gram as follows [Hans: again for better readability in a table]:
0.30 MC / 43 9,6g;,
0.30 SPS / 43 9,0g;
0.30 MC / 45 11,2g;
0.30 SPS / 45 11,0g
For production of those cartridges they widely reverted to the tools of the running M 43 production. The cases are marked with the familiar military headstamp, the soft point bullets were made in an unorthodox way by cutting off tips of M43 and M45 bullets, force-fitting of a leadcore and border crimping the jacket at the bottom. According to reports in the beginning this both sides open jacket resulted in lead cores leaving through the muzzle while jackets got stuck in the barrel occasionally. It is hard to follow why there was no hearken back to the Königswartha sister plant’s decades of experience in the making of 8 mm hunting bullets. …
Here I sit by the sweat of my brows and swear: I will not become a translator. NEVER.
My guess, the military headstamp and blister pack alone exclude the sale on the commercial marked for the items that were actually made. It would be a project unfinished, a product not brought to the market.