40+ Old Cartridges in a Cool Collection

   10.05.17

40+ Old Cartridges in a Cool Collection

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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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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