(Thankful for the fellowship of the “gang”…think about it…how much less would your collection mean if you collected it in a “vacuum”…no one to talk-trade-show-buy-barter-research-and talk big with???)
I am fascinated with “color tips”
Few are more storied than the 30-06 frangible tracer
Few (hand full) exist (the tracer compound is naturally hydrophilic and would expand and break off the bullet at the case mouth…as it could expend there)…few were produced (anyone know how many ??)…but very few (? 4) exist today.
Those that do, have a top of a bullet sitting next to it…or have been glued back together.
I begged/borrowed/stole (actually a combination trade and purchase) my first (at it was represented as having been glued). An extremely reputable IAA member, but there was a part of it’s linage that concerned us a little. I x-rayed it as much as I could, but could never get a shadow of a tracer core (rats)!
Along came the disposition of the Chris Punnett’s 30-06 book reference collection. I jumped at the frangible tracer. Of interest…Chris’s was easily confirmed by its linage and x-ray. His bullet at broken off “backwards” as the when the core expended…the fragments fell in to the case. Thus a distinct rattle and an easy x-ray of the jagged, broken pieces.
Now…what to do ?..( I have two)
Well I consulted some of the IAA greats…should I consider exposing it to Paul Smith’s hacksaw? (would Paul even consider it?). I was told, if he does cut it…and it is real…it would/will be the only sectioned frangible tracer in the world!!! (an interesting proposition…somewhat scary…what if it turns out to be a fake?)
Conclusion…Paul called all excited…one, that the cutting did not destroy the bullet. Two, yes…it is real, there is a tracer core and you can see where some of the expanded tracer compound had been hollowed out so it could be glued together.
Going full circle…”thankful” for two great buys/trades…having two storied rounds and argumentatively one, that is a “one of a kind”