View Full Version : The wife found this in the discard pile......

August 19, 2001, 04:02 PM
any ideas?

August 19, 2001, 04:04 PM
Sure beats me.

August 19, 2001, 05:17 PM
Isn't that an office tower in New York?

I'd sure like the see the chamber that fits into.

August 19, 2001, 07:44 PM
Now, THAT'S a pistol cartridge of note! :D:D

Ed Brunner
August 19, 2001, 08:21 PM
I wonder if it is some sort of sub-caliber round for a tank type gun. I cant feature it being necked. If we have any cartridge collectors here, it should be childs play for them.

James K
August 19, 2001, 09:04 PM
How do you spell joke? Anyone ever see the round that starts with a 20mm case, with a .50 cal soldered inside it, a .30 cal inside that, a .25 inside that, and a .22 Hornet inside that, necked down to a phonograph needle. It is about 18 inches long, and someone made up several of them 30 years or so ago.


August 19, 2001, 11:00 PM
Jim, that is quite a bit more elaborate than my gag cartridge. I got some .50 AE brass and seated a .50 BMG bullet in it and told everyone at work that I had a derringer in that caliber.

August 20, 2001, 10:43 PM
The thing is solid brass and appears to be turned. The "primer pocket" extends all the way from base to tip. (I put some aluminum foil in the hole to look like a primer.) I thought it might be a hash pipe or something. Or just a gag.

Mr. Brunner's comment made me think. I checked and it will chamber a .38 Special or .357 Magnum round. The squared off shape of the rim, "shoulder" and case mouth would easily headspace it.

The legend "125.250 CF MAG. SHORT HP" doesn't ring any bells with me. I think it's just a gag. But I didn't realize it would hold a live round, either.

Makes a heck of a paperweight and conversation piece.

Mark G
August 21, 2001, 02:26 PM
I spent some quality time with "Cartridges of the World" Nothing there.

Ed Brunner
August 21, 2001, 10:28 PM
There is another possibility. If it is genuine it might also be a separate-loading primer case that someone stuck a bullet into. A lot of larger field artillery pieces use such a primer, but I dont recognize this one.
The fact that it uses a full-length primer tube(probably slotted or perforated) suggests that it might be used to set off something else.