This thing’s been lying around for a 100 years, so I’m just going to say that it looks to me like the VFW of 1919 found a novel way of reloading their Hotchkiss Paris parade rounds…
Pretty cool. Must be a 1-piece case as I can’t see any sign of rivets?
One-piece case it is. And I have no idea what it is. I suspect that it’s a blank or part of a training round. Found it partially buried in a barn floor and it was likely there when my folks bought the place back in 1955. The primer in the .38 cartridge looks like it was struck by an artillery firing pin, so I submitted the photos. Sure do wish I knew how far back in time that particular .38 cartridge could go. Any idea?
Remington took over U.M.C. ca. 1909 but the change-over lasted until 1915.
Dick Fraser’s REM-UMC checklist dates that headstamp from 1912 to 1960.
It exists in several headstamp sizes & from the look of it I’d GUESS it’s a late version as it’s pretty big so post WWII as a GUESS.