Let me introduce myself briefly:
58 years, hunter, reloader, not yet a cartridge collector.
German national, living in Switzerland.
Recently I got the cartridge collection of my late father (he passed many years ago, the collection “slept” in a basement).
Have now roughly sorted through the boxes I got, using as a guide a 1974 cartridge list from the “Deutsche Patronensammler-Vereinigung” that was with the cartridges (not much else documentation, alas).
There are between 350 to 400 hunting and target rifle cartridges, mostly German and Austrian, some Swiss, both jacketed bullet/nitro and lead/black powder type.
Plus some few British and American hunting cartridges and some military, not sorted yet.
Here are some cartridges that are completely new to me:
Two with a head stamp 7x54 and N, base diameter ca. 12.0 mm, about the same as for a 7x57
One with head stamp R.W.S. and N., base diameter ca. 11.4 mm, case length ca. 38 mm, looks like a pistol cartridge, but has a 9,3 mm hunting bullet - appears to be the 12.5 gram / 193 grain flat nose TESCO-type bullet used with the 9.3x72R.
(A post-war RWS 9,3 mm bullet from my loading bench sits on the right side for comparison)
I have never heard of such a cartridge.
Seems to be made by RWS in the Nürnberg plant (because of the N), before WW2.
Can somebody here tell me more?
And contacts to Swiss or German collectors will be very welcome!