I’m starting this new thread because a previous thread on the subject (dating back to 2007) is locked. The 2007 question was about Eley plain-E and circle-E headstamps without serifs. I assume the reference was to headstamps like these, which were made in the 1980s for the UK market:
The plain-E headstamp indicates standard velocity, and the circle-E is high velocity. I’d welcome an answer from anybody at all, but my question is specifically directed towards the member who wrote this…
[color=#FF0000]Along with George Kass, I was the co-author and photographer for the “Rimfire Headstamp Guide”. We documented over 1000 rimfire headstamps. However we quit working on it in 1988 for a variety of reasons. I can probabily identify almost any rimfire headstamp before that date, but I have not kept up on them since then.[/color]
In the early 1980s, Eley UK had some .22 ammunition made in the Philippines, and badged as Eley. It was sold in boxes like this:
What I need to know is whether the headstamp on the Philippines cartridges was identical in every way to the circle-E in my photograph, or whether a different punch was used?
I’m not an expert in this sort of thing, or a collector, but I really need an answer to this question. (I did try to buy a copy of the Rimfire Headstamp Guide, but oh boy! it’s prohibitively expensive - must be good!)
Before you ask - Eley can’t help me with this.