Uknown cartridge case

Hi guys !
I really don’t know what is…this cartridge case…

Hunting one…? Any related to WW2…?

Thank you and…

Happy New Year !

11.4x60R Romanian M1879 Henry Martini.

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Thank you !


  • 12 o’clock : 87… probably thed year of production… 1887 ?
  • 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock : M (Martini Henry) 1879 and
  • 6 o’clock : L …what is this…? The mark of the factory ? Which one ?

Yes, your assumptions are correct.
According to my notes, “L” stands for Kynoch production, although i have not been able to confirm this so far.

Afternoon All (and Happy New year),

Not knowing the length of your case I’m not sure if this helps but page 172 of “The Birmingham Cartridge Manufacturers” by CW Harding has a similar headstamp for a 11.4 x 49R Roumanian Martini Henry.

12 o’clock - 81
3 o’clock - 79
6 o’clock - 1 (as opposed to L)
9 o’clock - M

Is it definitely an “L” at the 6 o’clock position?



Happy New Year , John!

Romanian M79`s were chambered in 11.4x60R , the 11.4x49R is for the Romanian M1868 Peabody. I would be quite surprised to see a 11.4x49R with the M79 headstamp, as from my knowledge it would chamber but WOULD NOT be compatible with the M79 rifle.

Also, all the “L” stamped casings i have seen are made in 1887. I also have a photo from a russian forum with a 1881 case marked with “1” which can be clearly distingushed from the “L”.