Fede - I wonder what the caliber was to be? It appears to me from this document that this contract was cancelled and payment not made.
Among the information recently received there were articles indicating from interviews that Wise had actually manufactured some 7.62 x 54R as a trail lot for Russia. We know there is a round of that caliber headstamped by
wise, but they are so rare, and according to what I get from collectors from the former USSR countries, unknown in Russia. I wonder if they might have actually been made for Remington for testing the rifles they made for Russia? Still, I have seen Remington 7.62 x 54R, including ball rounds and proof rounds. So, to half-answer my own question, why would they buy ammunition from Wise if they were making it themselves. Their true daily cartridge output capacity was five times or more than that of the Wise Cartridge Co.
From all indications, the 7 mm Mauser, reportedly for Serbia, was the only ammunition serially produced by Wise.
I am still studying all of the information received 6 months ago, as well as that I received in the last few days, but have a way to go. Their are, just as I have mentioned before, some contradictions, especially in regard to Maxim MC’s production, and whether it took place at the Water street factory in Watertown NY or in the factory at Derby. One or two articles say one place while another couple say the other place. These are sources contemporary to the production of the ammunition. Perhaps both were true, since while the Wise/Maxim Watertown operation made very big claims for their daily cartridge output capabilities, they never lived up to them.Meanwhile, it is clear that although they had quality problems, that the Derbiy plant could pump out ammo at a fairly high production rate.
Any and all thoughts on these matters are welcome. It is all a case now, with the very, very large volume of contemporary literature I have at hand, of separating the wheat from the chaff. Much of the material is from newspaper articles, and while I believe the newspapers of that day, especially the local one not dealing with political subjects, were probably far more accurate than the American Press is today, which isn’t say much since basically the American press has become little more than part of one party’s political apparatus - propaganda organs worthy of Pravda and the old German “Deutsche Beobachter” publication.
While it seems the article in progress will answer some questions and provide far more information that I have seen in print on its subject matter, it also appears that there will still be a few unanswered questions.