Hi all, just picked up a few new (to me) pieces and have some questions.
The above appear to be Prideaux links of some sort, but I won’t be sure until I can pull the shells out. H/S for each is “L C 52” with red annulus (same as red around the inside of the necks). The primers appear to be boxer and unstruck. My questions are: what would be the best method to remove the shells? Is there any real benefit to keeping the shells intact?
My first ever .30-03 cartridge! Has a longitudinally cracked neck, but otherwise seems to be in good shape. I haven’t weighed the projectile, but I think it’s original. What is the commonality of .30-03 cartridges? I understand the rifles are pretty rare and number between 50 and 100.
Three .30-40 Krags. Not really sure on anything about these cartridges, especially the “Blank” without a headstamp. I included a closeup of the tip, showing the triple “cuts” along the nose as well as a closeup of the blackened primer.
Any knowledge from resident .30-40 people is appreciated.
I was told these are Vetterli cartridges, however to me they look more like .41 Swiss. Both examples have 38 mm cases. The shot cartridge has an “H” headstamp which I understand is Winchester while the standard round has the Swiss cross with two dots inside (Thun). Also, what are the two impressions on the edge of the rim? Are those strikes?
Finally, a 1917 dated .30-06 Dummy cartridge. Was it normal for the projectile to be tinned or nickeled while the casing remained brass?
Thanks for any help I can get!