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#1455403 - 12/24/09 09:02 AM Brass Head Stamp Meaning
reb8600 Offline
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Here is a link to a web site that will tell what the head stamp on the brass is and where it came from. I have had a lot of people ask when I have sold some of my brass. I hope this will help everyone.
Click here
Head Stamps

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#1456471 - 12/25/09 01:07 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
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Nice link, Thanks. ed
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#1456589 - 12/25/09 08:22 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
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Thanks for the link.
I have it saved for reference...
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#1457986 - 12/26/09 12:16 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: Martyn4802]
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#1474248 - 01/06/10 07:46 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: mnHornet]
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I have some marked WRA which I see is winchester repeating arms but it also has a 68 and another round symbol so small I cant read it. Any thoughts
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#1474387 - 01/06/10 08:50 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: GLA.OR]
chris112 Offline
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Originally Posted By: GLA.OR
I have some marked WRA which I see is winchester repeating arms but it also has a 68 and another round symbol so small I cant read it. Any thoughts


Military issue. 68 is the year made.

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#1476599 - 01/08/10 12:16 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: chris112]
mnHornet Offline
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A 0 with a + through it is nato.
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#1503381 - 01/29/10 02:25 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: mnHornet]
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You sir are correct!
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#1560424 - 03/16/10 05:34 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: mnHornet]
2muchgun Offline
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That is a nice little picture library, but I notice some makes are missing.........
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#1598839 - 05/12/10 09:02 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: 2muchgun]
DB Gillis Offline
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THATS A GEAT LINK!, BUT NOW I AM HEADED TO THE CELLAR TO CHECK BRASS! THANKS DB

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#1671854 - 09/12/10 01:48 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: DB Gillis]
skunx123 Offline
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Registered: 09/02/10
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Loc: utah
very cool thanks man!

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#1771891 - 12/30/10 07:44 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: skunx123]
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I just got a bag of brass from a guy at the range. It is marked IVI and WCC. As I was swaging pockets last night I was wondering the headstamps meant. That is a cool link.
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#1808080 - 01/21/11 08:34 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: chefpierre]
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IVI = Industries Valcartier Inc. (Presently SNC Technologies Inc.) Canadian.
WCC - Winchester Cartridge Company
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#1910206 - 04/28/11 10:57 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: Evil_Lurker]
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Hey fellas

I have a half case, well was a half case, of Federal 223, head stamped "lc . o . oplus" oplus is the circle with the + sign inside. So, if "lc" is lake city but the case and small boxes say federal what gives? Is lake city part of Federal?


Thanks
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#1912393 - 05/03/11 06:58 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: broncstomper]
Terry N. Offline
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Federal currently has the government contract to run the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. One of the provisions of the contract is that they can utilize overrun or reject components and ammo for commercial sales. That's what you've got.
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#2097139 - 01/03/12 11:29 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: Terry N.]
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All the other marks indicate "NATO" (O Plus)

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#2180843 - 03/14/12 04:27 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: 37L1]
Novalondon Offline
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Registered: 07/02/07
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Loc: Yuma, Az.
Try this site. Many of the headstamps I have been unable to identify are on it


http://cartridgecollectors.org/headstampcodes.htm
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#2192289 - 03/30/12 05:51 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: Novalondon]
Varmintpopper Offline
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I have a .38 SPL case that is marked "MARKELL" and couldn't
find it in this list, so it is a very good list but not all
headstamps are listed.

Good Shooting

Lindy

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#2214833 - 05/09/12 11:13 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: Varmintpopper]
Tayler89 Offline
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Loc: Montana
Thanks for the link

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#2228615 - 06/04/12 09:45 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: Novalondon]
rodnocker1 Offline
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Loc: Leona, Texas
I use that site also, it's a good one to add to your favorites list. I had a guy that just got into reloading ask me about what the markings meant and I directed him there.

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#2337759 - 11/22/12 11:04 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
Chick Offline
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Registered: 10/07/10
Posts: 48
Loc: Southeast Texas
I thought the 7.62X51 US cartridges marked TCW was Twin Cities.

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#2486994 - 04/22/13 01:30 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
Tonester Offline
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Registered: 04/20/13
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Loc: SE Nebraska
Thank you for the link. I have been looking for a sheet to print off. I have been finding a of varying head stamps on my .223 brass.
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#2635977 - 02/12/14 04:25 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
HPA Offline
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Loc: Illinois
Page 10 of this NATO report has a list of modern small arms ammunition head stamp designations.

The rest of it is a good read, too.

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#2656844 - 03/16/14 03:29 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
minerwelder Offline
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Registered: 03/16/14
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Loc: Wyoming
Very nice site this will help me with some old brass my dad gave me.

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#2783700 - 01/22/15 12:41 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
M16 Offline
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Registered: 12/11/03
Posts: 42
Loc: Texas
Thanks for the link.

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#2908729 - 01/07/16 02:30 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: M16]
tred1956 Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 500
Loc: South Carolina
WOW great link. I just wish my old eyes were good enough to read the headstamp.
Thanks
Doug

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#3083162 - 07/29/17 07:52 AM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
17varmint Offline
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Loc: Georgia, USA
Thanks for the link. Good to know.
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#3090370 - 09/09/17 08:53 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
jim62 Offline
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Registered: 12/02/07
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Loc: usa
Great reference link..Thanks!

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#3169176 - 10/28/18 09:27 PM Re: Brass Head Stamp Meaning [Re: reb8600]
erict Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
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Loc: near Albany, NY
I found an odd .223 case at the range today and in my attempts to identify it ended up at this site, which was useful enough for me to determine it was a JSC Barnaul from Russia: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms headstamp identification (pictures) (Click on the image to get to the full headstamp menu. Once you find the headstamp, click on it to get a history of that particular stamp)




Edited by erict (10/28/18 09:30 PM)

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