40+ Old Cartridges in a Cool Collection

   10.05.17

It’s not all that often that you see old or obsolete ammunition, much less a wide array of it, but that’s what we have here.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

This ammo was found in an old wooden box which belonged to a late police officer, competitive shooter, and reloader. I figured I would find a number of odd rounds, but I had no idea the range would be so wide. There are roughly 42 different cartridges represented here, ranging from 218 Bee to 50 BMG! Not all of them are completely obsolete; I’m guessing this was the box where he tossed any oddities that he came across… along with a smattering of such commonplace rounds as 38 Special and 45 ACP.

(Photo © Russ Chastain)
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Even some of the rounds that are still in production show their age here, with 30-40 Krags marked “30 Army” and 30-30 Win marked “30 WCF.”

(Photo © Russ Chastain)
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

Here are some of the cartridges/calibers:

  • 218 Bee
  • 22 Short
  • 22 Long
  • 22 Long Rifle
  • 22 WMR (22 magnum)
  • 22 Savage High Power (22 H.P.)
  • 25 Auto
  • 25-20
  • 30 Mauser
  • 30 Luger
  • 30 Carbine
  • 30 Remington
  • 30-30 Winchester (30 WCF / Winchester Center Fire)
  • 30-40 Krag (30 Army)
  • 30-06 Springfield
  • 32 rimfire (blank)
  • 32 Auto (ACP)
  • 32 S&W
  • 32 S&W (blank)
  • 32 S&W Long
  • 32 Long Colt
  • 32-20 Win
  • 32 S.L. (32 WSL / Winchester Self Loading)
  • 32 Win Spl (32 Winchester Special)
  • 33 CF (Center Fire)
  • 35 Remington
  • 380 Auto (ACP)
  • 38 S&W
  • 38 S&W (blank)
  • 38 Long Colt
  • 38 Special
  • 357 Magnum
  • 41 Short (rimfire)
  • 45 Auto (ACP)
  • 45 Auto Rim
  • 45 S&W
  • 45 Colt
  • 45-70 Government
  • 20 gauge shotgun
  • 12 gauge shotgun
  • 50 BMG (Browning Machine Gun)
  • A few misc bullets (bullets are projectiles, not loaded rounds)
  • And various others either unmarked or unidentified

Pretty cool, if you ask me. Anyone else interested in learning more about some of these old rounds?

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