Hi to all,
I am ashamed to admit that for a long time now that early US military ammunition has been a rather ‘grey’ area with me…but I’m pleased to say, because I’ve finally got round to cataloging my collection, I’ve had a steep learning curve and just about got my head around them now but have a few questions about three of them please.
I have a 45-70-405 contract round manufactured by Lowell,USC Co, headstamped R 8 L 79 and does have the machined groove on the rim,thought to have been to provide a cushion or gas seal (ref HWS Vol 1), my question about this one is what M number would it be?
Next is a 50-70 Springfield round, as its crimp for the internal priming is ‘low down’ on the case (see photo) I presume this is a early(Oct 1866-March 1868) bar and anvil primed example…would this be Martin bar and anvil primed?
Lastly a not so early round, 30-03 ball round,my example is April 1903 dated and as the 03 designation wasn’t given until July 03 should I be cataloging this round as a 30-01?