Peters 30 G 1906


My Dad gave me an old loaded round that on the headstamp reads" Peters" on the top, and “30 G 1906” on the bottom. If I read that correctly it’s a Peters 30 Caliber made in 1906, and I think the G stands for Goverment, perhaps a military loaded cartridge. So how am I doing? It looks like a 220 grain 30-06 cartridge. I’m open for any ideas on what I have.

I have some 30-06 cartriges from 1927, 1935, a whole bunch from 1941-1945, to include 1952 and 1953. Yes plenty of WWII and Korean brass. I even have some loaded blanks from WWII. I have a bunch of 30-06 brass that was used on Machineguns, I can tell by the primer pocket.

I have had practice with my pre60s 30-06 brass as in learning plenty on how to read the Headstamps. How Valuable is a round like the Perters from 1906. It’s the oldest round that I have.


Question: How do you tell .30-06 loaded for machineguns?


The cartridge was not made in 1906…30 G 1906 means Caliber .30 Government Model of 1906. There was also a Model of 1903 that looks very much like a .30-06 except the neck is about 1/8 inch longer and was called the .30-03.
The headstamp “PETERS .30 G 1906” was used from 1909 to 1936. “PETERS 30 G 1906” with no period before the 30 was used from 1936 to 1956.


Welcome to the IAA forums, 1874!


Question: How do you tell .30-06 loaded for machineguns?[/quote]

sks - if it is fired brass, there may be distinctive extraction / drag marks from use in an automatic weapon . . . .

Is this what you you mean, 1874? Or are you speaking of the type of primer crimp which features a heavy ridge of brass for reinforcement?

If so, and these are USCCo 18 headstamped, they were indeed made specially for one particular MG - the Marlin aircraft MG. If it is on 1940s era (IIRC only on Remington - RA - production), they were produced on contract for the British as part of the Lend-Lease program (primarily, if not solely, for RAF - again for aerial MG use), but Remington had so much difficulty keeping them separate from that manufactured for domestic military contracts, the US military agreed to accept them, and those were used as standard rounds, possibly in MGs, possibly in rifles, no segregation or restriction.



I have two rounds that sound like the description of 30.03, that are headstamped only P at 12:00 and 03 at 6:00. Are these Peters 30.03 rounds? Thanks, Dan


Dan–I don’t think your cartridges are .30-03’s. I have never seen that headstamp on a .30-03. I have about 50 of them and all the Military loads with 220 gr. RN-FMJ bullets have typical F A (or U.M.C. or W.R.A.Co.) 11 04 style headstamps If the bullet is a RN SP it will be 220 gr. Peters used “PETERS 30 G 1903” as a headstamp.

Compare your case to a .30-06. All the diminisions of a .30-03 are the same except for neck length.

Please post a picture or give the diminisions of your round and I will try to identify it for you.