Hello all, i have recently come across some battlefield pickup ammunition from Lebanon in 7,62x54r and have some headstamp related questions.
I have a bunch of WWII era soviet ammo in that mix that is marked 544 over 44, 544 over 45 and 544 over 46, also some that appears to be either 322 or 622 over 46 with a 7 cast to the side at about maybe nine o clock.
I cannot identify the 544 headstamp or the X22 headstamp. I have pulled a few of them down and they are standard stick powder with the old type L projectile with the hollow cone shaped recess in the base. All are CWS with the standard soviet type L projectile. Also to be noted is that all of these 1940’s soviet rounds have a translucent dark red primer seal, is this correct for this timeframe? i had read at one point somewhere that 1940’s soviet X54r production did not have primer sealant applied at the time of manufacture, is this correct? If so, why would these be sealed in such a mass and uniformed manner? Are all the Soviet WW2 headstamps so faint? And lastly, why was the switch made from the type L and type D to a strictly LPS light ball inventory in the USSR? I would guess for cost saving on materials (lead) Did the soviets ever prodce the later steel cored heavy ball like the Hungarians and Czechs?
If anyone needs any x54r ball rounds from 1944-present let me know they are all in this box probibly. Just for refrence, I picked up the lot as battlefield pickup in Lebanon by the Isralies and sold as scrap. It is a mix of 95% 1940’s Soviet, some later soviet, and a small ammount of 1950’s Czech steel core heavy ball, with a very small ammount of 70’s chinese, 80’s Bulgarian, and 90’s Romanian with a few rounds of the 1980’s Yugoslavian heavy ball mixed in.
Thanks in advance for any info let me know if i can help anyone out with this lot.