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Old October 24, 2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Cartridge origin?

This is a "wha's dis?" post I picked up some cases at the "range" last week and wondering what it is. The headstamp states "30-06 Springfield" and "MFS" in English then three other digits, not English. The cartridge has an indented "belt" near the case head, approx. .1" wide, which does not look like it is chamber marking/indentation, but manufactured in. Cases are steel, bright finish (possibly plated).The only info I found on line is the cases are either Hungarian or Nepalese. Any thoughts?
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Old October 24, 2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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I'm not an expert on rifles. But to me they look like 30-06 (pronounced: "Thirty-ought-six") cartridges. One of the most popular rifle cartridges in the U.S. and statistically, the most reloaded rifle cartridge in the U.S. (based on reloading die sales).

Not sure about the foreign part - if that was what you were specifically asking.
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Old October 24, 2013, 01:50 PM   #3
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I'm going to WAG it and say that it's Nepalese.

Those extra three characters look more like Devanagari script than the Roman letters of the Hungarian alphabet....
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Old October 24, 2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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Yep they're just "thutty-ought-six", but the shiny steel and indentation have me going. Perhaps Nepalese military surplus? What would the purpose of the indentation be?
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Old October 24, 2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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The strange 'belt' and steel case has me thinking it could be some sort of 'proof load' case or something. I'm just throwing out a wild guess here...

http://www.soldusa.com/rainworx/deta...6&bigpic=0#img
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Old October 25, 2013, 07:31 AM   #6
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This site says it is from "Munitions Factory, Sundari, Nepal".
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Old October 26, 2013, 11:42 AM   #7
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Yeah Griz, I found that chart on line, but the line directly above the Nepal listing is a Hungarian arsenal, both MFS...

Interesting cases, good high polished or plated steel, and the indentation is unusual. Mebbe it's for machine gun links? I doubt if there is anything special about them, like proof or testing loads, 'cause of where I found them. The "range" is a wide spot up un the hills with a picnic table and a half ton of trash...
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Old October 27, 2013, 10:18 PM   #8
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The strange 'belt' and steel case has me thinking it could be some sort of 'proof load' case or something.
Nah.
As you can see in the link in your post, proof loads are supposed to be zinc plated (or similar), with a red case head. The plating and the red case head serve as distinguishing features, so they don't get mixed in with real ammo.

I think it's just some kind of lacquer-coated steel. ...with, of course, that funky ring above the web.
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Old October 28, 2013, 09:19 AM   #9
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Definitely from Nepal. I have personal experience with these type rounds and know they are from Nepal....without doubt.
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Old October 28, 2013, 09:44 AM   #10
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Those extra three characters look more like Devanagari script than the Roman letters of the Hungarian alphabet....
Yeah, does not look like the MFS stuff Cabela's had ....
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