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Unread 06-16-2022, 07:22 PM   #1
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Hello, all!

I thought I would share some pics of my latest purchase: a few boxes of vintage Luger ammo. They were a package deal from a fellow who inherited his relative's apparently extensive ammo collection. All are in decent shape with bright colors and clear markings.

The first is a partial box of RWS 9mm soft point ammo from, I believe, sometime between the world wars. The second is a full but open box of WW1 military 9mm ammo dated 1918. The third and most awesome is a box of '20s vintage BKIW .30 Luger carbine ammo that's only missing 13 rounds! Woo-hoo!

-Jason
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Unread 06-16-2022, 08:25 PM   #2
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Cool stuff.
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Congratulations Jason, each one of those boxes would be a find of a lifetime but a trifecta is just awesome!
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wow, really nice, the 471A would make me happy, then the WW1 box and the other. great scores!
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Jason, Color me jealous! The third and most awesome is a box of '20s vintage BKIW .30 Luger carbine ammo that's only missing 13 rounds! Woo-hoo! Now it wouldn't make much difference if it was missing 15 rounds would it? Then I would have a couple of rounds for my collectionCongrats my friend..coulden't happen to a nicer guy. hey! And you could still keep the box! I know...keep my day job.
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Nice score my friend
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Jason, Color me jealous! The third and most awesome is a box of '20s vintage BKIW .30 Luger carbine ammo that's only missing 13 rounds! Woo-hoo! Now it wouldn't make much difference if it was missing 15 rounds would it? Then I would have a couple of rounds for my collectionCongrats my friend..coulden't happen to a nicer guy. hey! And you could still keep the box! I know...keep my day job.
Jerry, you are absolutely right. I WON'T miss a few rounds out of an already not full box. You are a pillar of this community and we all benefit from your wisdom and experience with all things leather. Thank you for all that you do.
If you are serious, I would be honored to contribute a couple of carbine rounds to your collection. I will make sure they have nice clear headstamps, as not all of them do.

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Interesting set of boxes.

The WW1 1918 box is confusing. The cases are marked RM S, which is Rheinische Metallwaarenfabrik (Rheinmetall) in Sommerda. But I cannot ID the Hs. maker on the box label.
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Jason, OMG! You are a Prince. Not many people would do such a generous act of kindness. Thank you...I very much appreciate it.

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Finding early Luger ammo is indeed fortunate, and you have made a nice haul!
After around a hundred years it is unlikely to find totally intact examples. This post brought to mind some of the things I have done over the years...in particular I found some photos on a project I took on to help preserve one box for future generations. It looks nice in its current resting place!
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Interesting set of boxes.

The WW1 1918 box is confusing. The cases are marked RM S, which is Rheinische Metallwaarenfabrik (Rheinmetall) in Sommerda. But I cannot ID the Hs. maker on the box label.
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On closer examination, this box contains rounds with 3 different dates on the headstamps so it appears someone has either added rounds to make a full box or possibly refilled it with incorrect but still WW1 vintage military ammo. I will post pics of the different headstamps and a better pic of the box asap.
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Ron,
That is awesome work! Thanks for sharing. And for your preservation work!
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I wonder if there is any clue in the blue color of the box?
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Most WW1 boxes were blue.
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Here are close-up shots of the WW1 ammo box label and the three different dated headstamps on the rounds. -Jason
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Nice. The rounds are indeed made by Rheinische Metallwaarenfabrik in Sommerda.

I am still puzzled by the Hs. makers code on the box.
The box label mentions the cases and bullets were both made by Hs. In 1917.
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I ran across a thread in the cartridge collector's forum that seems to point to the Hs. marking on the box being correct for Rheinische Metallwaarenfabrik in Sommerda. https://forum.cartridgecollectors.or...-belgium/15266
The majority of the rounds in the box are headstamped RM and 18 so they are most likely correct! Yay!
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