I was asked a question about an 8 mm Lebel Rifle cartridge, concerning what type of loading it might be. It actually was a full-feeding clip for the Hotchkiss MG. The bullet is CN and the cartridge has a red primer seal and red case-mouth seal. It is dated from the 2 quarter of 1948.
I was surprised to discover that in a fairly large library, I had nothing at all that I would consider definitive, concerning how various loadings of this caliber ammunition were visually identified, if at all. The fact that all rounds in the clip were the same, leads me to believe it was as originally loaded, and that the red is not likely to indicate tracers, although that is simply a guess. The cartridges, by the way, are in brass cases.
Any help will be appreciated. I would actually appreciate it if anyone could post a list of the points of identification for French loadings of this caliber.
I will pass any information on to my friend.