Mysterious range pickup

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R. Dupraz posted this 11 May 2019

The other day I was at my local range found an unfired factory loaded brass case round that was obviously a misfire as the primer was only slightly dented. It was loaded with a full metal case bullet and appeared to be a .357 mag. 

It did prove to be a .357 mag. Nothing unusual about that excerpt for the fact that it had what appeared to me to be a military head stamp. WCC 86 and the primer appears to have a slight crimp.. Which translates to me as Western Cartridge Corporation 1986.   Now I have seen such 38 specials before but not a .357 Magnum.

Any info out there as to the  origin of this round?

R  

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RicinYakima posted this 12 May 2019

RD, Spent some time digging on this one, but found no information on WCC 357 military cartridge use. Maybe for a large LE order?

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R. Dupraz posted this 12 May 2019

Thanks for the effort Rick. Sounds like you came up with the same results that I did. 

 

"Maybe for a large LE order"

Or maybe special military 

I carried a S&W Mod. 19 and then later a S&W L frame .357 M from 1974 until the eighties when the 9mm semi auto craze swept the country within the LE community. But all the dept. issue 357 duty ammunition was jacketed HP. 

Now if I can just remember where I put it.

R.

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45 2.1 posted this 12 May 2019

I've heard thru several military people that served in the sand box that the special force types use a S&W sightless 357 handgun. This may help with the military full jacketed explanation.

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R. Dupraz posted this 12 May 2019

If I were to make a SWAG, that would be it. And if so, it would be interesting to know how that ammo found it's way to our members only club range. 

R. 

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Ed Harris posted this 12 May 2019

I have seen once-fired brass of this description for sale online.

I expect one of your members got some for reloading.

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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