As the weather today was sufficiently damp and chill to keep me indoors for part of the time, I spent some of it rummaging through old note-books. In one I found a reference to a lot of contract 7,62x54R ammunition produced for Imperial Russia by the Artillerie-Inrichtingen at Hembrug, probably in 1905 or 1906.
A supplementary note suggested that the Nagant clips marked with a circled X;
were supplied with this ammunition.
Did this contract exist? Is it true about the ‘X’ marking? How much 7,62x54R ammunition was produced outside Russia before 1914? If the ‘X’ marked clip isn’t Dutch, is it known from where it does come?