Ray, I’m sorry, but I do read every article of every issue of the IAA Journal, even the many articles I have written myself, along with those from ECRA, NZCCC, ACCA, CCCA and RSACCA, and bwtween 300 to 500 pages of other material a month from my own files, not to mention the 8 or 10 gun magazines I get every month and the occasional new gun or ammunition book. Unfortunately, I cannot remember everything I read. I can’t even remember every bit of everything I have written for the various Journals.
I reread your article in Journal 445 just now, and it is quite interesting, as it was the first time. However, it is totally irrelevant to my answer, just as my answer may have been totally irrelevant to AKMS’ mention of Silvertip, since I was thinking only of the Silvertip line of auto pistol cartridges, and that is what I was talking about. Some of those were aluminum, and still are, but many are not. I have never seen any I would describe as Stainless Steel, nor have I ever seen any silvertip rifle bullet-tips I thought were stainless, and you don’t mention any in your article. I always had a very low opinion of the silvertip bullet in rifles, and in some of the renditions found in pistol calibers, so again, the rifle caliber ones didn’t cross my mind when I was answering. Probably, considering the context of the original question (about a rifle cartridge), they should have.
At any rate, the real question was whether or not they ever had stainless steel jackets, and to my knowledge, the pistol rounds did not, unless it was some factory in-house experiment of which I am not familiar and that went no where as to commercial production, and from your article, it would appear that the silvertip rifle bullets never had a stainless jacket or tip either. For every round we know about of course, there are probably two or three, at least, that we don’t, as they were pure experimental and all used up or destroyed.
Now, if someone has some solid information on the stainless-steel-cased, inside-primed .45 auto rounds, I would be interested to hear about it.