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I was at the flea market today with my wife and bought a 38-56 round (for 50 cents.) I thought it was pretty old, but it has a cupro-nickel (not guilding metal) jacket. Headstamp REM-UMC, U primer. Drawn brass case. Anyone care to make a stab at how old it is?
ps From what I understand, the .38-56 was bought out by Winchester to compete with the Ballard 38-55 but I'm not too sure how accurate I am.
 

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Hi, Andy:
Remington and UMC merged in 1902, so it's newer than that. Ballard introduced the .38-55 in 1884 as target cartridge. The .38-56 was introduced in 1887 for the 1886 rifle, which was the first Winchester that could handle a cartridge that long, IIRC.

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I should not have been so stingy with what I knew already. The Rem-Umc headstamp was used from 1911-1960 according to my sources. I was thinking that the cupro-nickel jacket would help date it more. I know that cupro-nickel was used early in the century, until people realized it fouled heavily and started using guilding metal.
Andy
PS. Thanks, Jack
 
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