Lepus hstp on shotshell


#1

Does somebody has info about the manufacturer of this shotshell
Thanks
JP
Lepus


#2

At first glance I thought that was LUPUS, which brought to mind “canus lupus italicus” the Italian wolf.
ergo Wolff & Co.
Probably a completely mad thought.


#3

Not quite correct John. Lepus is the genus for Hares. Vulpes is for foxes.
Both these cheap short base shotshells were used in Australia but possibly only a cheap import. My guess was Belgian but I have no proof.
I have a new primed empty so may have been a cheap case for reloaders ?


#4

This Lepus base was found with a metal detector and I picked out the old card and mud from inside the 5mm high brass base.
The odd primer may help ID the maker.


#5

My new empty case was also coming from an Australian guy.
This kind of old primer is found in german, british, english and french shells.
I was hoping somebody has seen a box to identfy the manufacturer
jp


#6

Also found in Russian 26.5mm flare gun cases of the 1930s.


#7

very interesting ! thanks
have you pictures of the hstp and of the ctge ?
jp


#8

You mean of the 26.5mm?


#9

yes
jp


#10

This looks like a push-out anvil to me


#11

HI ron3350,

you say that both lepus and vulpes are known in Australia as cheap cases.
Can you perhaps show a picture of the vulpes headstamp or case?

I have never seen or heard about them.

regards rené


#12

I have this in my collection as Belgian as well.
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#13

There is no cartridge, just the left over metal head as the case was cardboard.
I see these primers were made well into WW2.
Here a “537 43”. The primer is gone and you can see the separate anvil.

5mm_537%2043_Russia