Rats? I probably have thrown away a hundred .30-06 cartridges with pointed lead bullets over the years which were to me just worthless reloads. Some of these may well have been wire-patched. I’m headed out to the shed now to dig through my 5 gallon bucket of throw-aways. I guess I need to start pulling the bullets before I pitch anything to see what hidden surprises they might have.[/quote]
It should be an easy job. According to Phil Sharpe, you might find wire-patched bullets in the following cartridges:
Good hunting :)
I found mine by pure luck. I was looking through a bunch of ammo from an old shooter (older than me !!) and spotted this 30-03 cartridge. I thought it was a drill round or something so I glommed onto it. When I looked at it closer I saw a little bit of copper sticking out above the case neck and I thought - half jacket bullet? Pulled it and, voila. It’s the only one I’ve ever had BTW. Of the thousands made they must have either been shot or they are in that 5-gallon bucket in your shed.