Unknown rifle case-hst indicates 7.5mm


#1

can anybody tell me what kind of case this is.
It is the case on the left, next to a 30-06 case, to which it is very similar.
The case is copper coloured with a brass crimped primer.
Headstamp is: FN 64 7.5

Thanks
René


#2

Was it somebody’s metric designation for the .30-06? France or whatever?


#3

No, the metric is 7,62 x 63 and not 7,5

René


#4

[quote=“FlyingDutchman”]No, the metric is 7,62 x 63 and not 7,5

René[/quote]
The 7,5mm MAS was a .308 so its not without precident, but I don’t know, its just a suggestion, the cases look so similar.


#5

[quote=“VinceGreen”]
The 7,5mm MAS was a .308 [/quote]

That is an interesting remark and made me think.
If I remember correctly (and maybe one of our french forum members can jump in),
it is not allowed in France to own a rifle in a military caliber (in this case 30-06).

Although FN didn’t produce too much sporting ammo, maybe it was a try to get around the law
and the project never got off the ground.

René


#6

Maybe just a mis-headstamped .30-06?


#7

could be of course, but

  • FN never put the metric caliber a 30-06 case (either .30, 30-06, a star or the year)
  • French 30-06 cartridges have 7,62 at the 6 O’clock position
  • I got this case from a french collector

#8

From what I know, FN made 7,5 MAS in 1964: this headstamp is in Jean Huon’s book about the French 7,5 cartridges.

Domi


#9

Perhaps the wrong headstamp bunter was used if this headstamp exists on 7.5 MAS.


#10

As Domi says, this is a known 7.5 x 54 headstamp made by FN for export and is found in both ball S90 and tracer L96 loads. I don’t know if this was a mistake or was made on purpose to identify a proof or experimental loading.


#11

hello
normally the copper finish on this case indicate a proof case