Winchester 7 x 57 Tracer


#1

Hi, All…
I assume these cartridges were made for a South American country, using this caliber militarily, approximately WW1 era or 1920’s. There are no label date codes anywhere on the box…




Thanks!!..Randy


#2

Randy, any remains of a color tip there?


#3

Jon…

Several cartridges in the box…NO indication of any tip color on any of them…

Randy


#4

If I remember correctly, Dan Shuey stated, in his books, that tan labels were meant for foreign government contracts.


#5

Randy, great box! The 122 gr tracer loading was made in 1931, 1933 and 1934 (last loaded on August of that year). It also exist with a red painted tip in two variations, one with an oval brass primer marked w and another with a flat nickel primer.

There may have been many possible customers, but I can only confirm deliveries of this load to Brazil in 1932 and Guatemala in 1933. Shuey’s book also mentions that a non headstamped variations is noted as “Contract for Chile or Mexico”, but I don’t understand if this is something documented or just a note that accompanied that particular specimen.

Regards,

Fede


#6

Fede:

I found an empty case here in Chile, but do not know if it’s one of these cartridges.

Regards.


#7

Hola Claudio,

As this is a generic headstamp it would be impossible to say unless you find a loaded example.

Un saludo grande,

Fede


#8

I now have a sectioned example to share…

Randy


#9

Randy, great work! Thank you very much for sharing.


#10

Fede…

I cannot take credit for the work…used to do sectioning myself and was not bad at it…eyes are not as good now…the cartridge was sectioned by the “Swamp Man”, a regular on this Forum, and I am sure he will respond if he so desires…

Randy