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    Brass ID?

    Can anybody ID this? Looks to be single hole berdan primed? Might be stamped 1920 with two stars and some kind of Asian letter.

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    7.62x54r?

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    The shoulder seems softer than 54r.

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    My first thought was Lebel, but the neck doesn't look quite right. I'd have to guess it's an 8x56R Kropatschek?

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    Portugese made 8mm Kropatschek. Central flash hole on the anvil. New cases can be made from Winchester 348 cases. Frank

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    Great photo. ID of case neck might narrow it down for us guessers, but samari46 sounds like he's familiar with it.

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    Upon further examination of other pieces, what I thought was a Chinese character is most likely an A and an E overlaid with each other. I'll have to track down my calipers and measure them.
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    Safari46 knows his stuff. I dug out my old collection and I have an identical round with the same head stamp, labeled Portuguese Kropaschek.

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    Thanks guys. The knowledge pool on this site is amazing.
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    Used to have a Kropatscheck and a pile of ammo. Most made from 1900's up to around 1920. The E and A are entwined with each other. The bullets were a mix of cupro nickle and steel jacketed. Forget what they weighed. Many had cracked or split necks. Someone needed it more than me. Glad to help. Frank

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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