Was the half plating an indicator of the load? If so, isn’t there a cheaper way?
Yes, this is a reduced range.
Great cartridge by the way.
You would have thought they could have found a cheaper way to identify this cartridge.
Remember tinning U.S. Military cartridge cases during this time frame (late 1800’s - early 1900’s) was very common (.30-40 Krag, .30-03, .30-06, .38 Revolver, .45-70, .45 ACP .45 Revolver and so on) so tinning half a cartridge case fits in with how cartridge cases were being made at the time.
THE CASE IS NOT TINNED - IT IS NICKEL-PLATED. THE LATER VERSION HAD THE CASE BLACKENED FOR IDENTIFICATION AND USED A 218 GRAIN LEAD BULLET RATHER THAN THE STANDARD BALL BULLET. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE THIS CARTRIDGE (LOADING) WAS NOT FABRICATED AFTER EARLY 1904.