I am checking all my headstamps and I found some variations in the basic HP (hirtemberger) headstamp on modern hunting cartridges.
The same cartridge (6,5 x 57R) has the following:
HP 6,5 x 57R
HP2 6,5 x 57R
HP3 6,5 x 57R
(numbers 2 and 3 are smaller than the letters H and P)
What do these numbers mean?Lot?Date?Bullet weight or shape?
Also the MEN headstamp on 6 x 62R Freres cartridges have a variation:
MEN 6 x 62R Freres
MEN * 6 x 62R Freres
Has this little sign a meaning?