[quote=“chassepot”]Thanks Fede et Vincegreen.
For VinceGreen : I don’t find any WR with this case lenght.
I see what you mean, it falls between a WR no1 and a WR no 2 in terms of length while still keeping the strong WR visual appearance. Maybe you have discovered a previously unknown No3 ! The back end looks very much like the no2 and has the WR feel about it. Too much to be discounted I would suggest.
I am still reasonably sure we are in the right area with this though in that it was a cartridge from the “trade” rifles. I use the term loosely because the rifles weren’t traded they were sold but in every other sense it was the same area of the market. ie the budget end. Thats the main reason why there is so little documentation.
Even Barnes in COTW describes this as a very confusing area. He does mention a 2 1/2" varient but doesnt say what it was.
I don’t know what Soper’s involvement was in all this. Usually if they sold the cartridges it was because they also sold rifles to fit them and they would have been going abroad because the home market was minimal.
Thats about as far as I can go with this one. I hope it is of some help. The cartridge is definitely very interesting and may well be exceedingly rare for all we know. Certainly with that headstamp. Hopefully somebody out there has a better library of reference books than me and can find out more.
I am still reasonably comfortable with BMMCo as the maker unless somebody comes up with a better opinion because they were active in this market and it doesn’t look like an Eley or a Kynoch. But thats just a stab.