Over the years I have picked up, from different sources, the two full boxes of bullets pictured below. I opened one, carefully, and found that as I expected it contained only .45 ACP FMJ projectiles. These boxes do not contain loaded cartridges.
Can anyone here please provide me with the explanation for these bullets? The obvious choice seems to be bullets for reloading, but if so under what circumstances in the 20th Century would it have been necessary or desirable for US military personnel to be engaged in reloading of pistol ammunition? (I realize that this occurred in the 19th Century to a certain extent.) Can anyone provide a time frame for when these bullets in this packaging were produced by the Frankford Arsenal? And why 40 bullets instead of 20 or 50?
I have searched my Tech Manuals, Woodin & Hackley and other sources and have come up dry on these.
Thanks for any input.