High Pressure Test ammo boxes in .30-30 and .357 Magnum


#1

These are supposed not to made their way to shooters.

According to the boxes, these HPT cartridges are identified by their tinned case and red lacquered bullet nose. But, ¿is a tinned case visually different from a nickel-plated one?

And what is the bullet style in the .30-30 box? 170SPCL should mean 170-grain Soft Point, if it wasn’t for the CL.

Cheers,

Schneider.



#2

Tinning and plating are hard to tell apart, at times. But, the red bullet and/or base is a clear warning.

If the intention was that these cartridges never reach shooters (or collectors) the effort failed.

SPCL is Soft Point Core Lokt

Mr. Meketa


#3

Tinned cases, which were used commonly “back in the day” to denote HPT loads, will generally have a “dull silvery” appearance, while nickeled cases are usually “bright and shiny”

Randy