Norma Re Special

Why no calibre in the headstamp?

made as a basic case to reform into whatever it can be reformed into.

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How old is it? Do they still do this? Sounds legally very shaky.

Nothing illegal or shaky about it, it is just a brass case with a belt and of a certain length that can be formed into any number of case-types by the buyer of the case.

Bell, Dixie Gun Works, RCBS, & Bertram Brass of Australia are a few makers of different kinds of basic brass. Some of which are even headstamped “BASIC”

As to age, or if still offered, off the top of me head I don’t know.

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Several companies still make basic brass.

45 Basic:

Belted Magnum basic:

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What I meant by legally, if it is fire formed for one calibre, and inserted into a different calibre gun, there may legal problems, since there is no calibre ID in the headstamp. Even 40 years later, if it happened in the house or at a beach.

Starline even sells straight-walled 5,56-base brass, for various use in forming cases for wildcats, such as .300 AAC/Blackout, the TCU family, the Specter family, etc.

From their site:

*Since this is a basic case, and Starline has no control over how it is formed, we accept no liability and offer no warranty in its use or your inability to properly form cases. Since this case has not been formed there may be more out-of-round mouths than normal.

I fail to see how it would be a legal issue, far from all countries have laws requiring headstamps of the caliber. I know Germany does stamp the cartridge name on the case sides (e.g. with old 7,62x54R sold for civilian use, and DM111 surplus with turned-out headstamps and cartridge name stamped on the side of the casing).

Here in Norway there is nothing requiring the case to be marked with the caliber, and you can still buy relatively large quantities of older 6,5x55 ammunition where there are simply just some letters for the mfg., year of mfg., and whatever other symbols they used. E.g. the Norma headstamps that are simply “NP”.


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