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32 short colt rimfire cartridge i.d.
May 6th, 2019 at 4:06pm
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  Hi all:
I was given a bag of 48 pieces of loose 32 short Colt rimfire cartridges and was wondering if anyone would know who the manufacturer was.
The cases are copper, not brass, and the only markings on the cases is an elongated
diamond on the base. The bullets are heeled lead with some kind of yellowish lube in the grooves.

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Re: 32 short colt rimfire cartridge i.d.
Reply #1 - May 7th, 2019 at 8:11am
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      I have a book on "rimfire cartridges", but couldn't lay my hands on it just now.   If it turns up, I'll look in it.

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Reply #2 - May 7th, 2019 at 8:20am
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Pretty sure that is pre Winchester, Western cartridge.
  
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Reply #3 - May 7th, 2019 at 8:30am
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      Found the book, which gives the "diamond" head stamp as a mark of Western Cartridge Company, East Alton, IL.  Book is "The Rimfire Cartridge", John L. Barber.  It's a fairly exhaustive treatment of RF ctgs manufactured in the US and Canada between 1857 and 1984.

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Re: 32 short colt rimfire cartridge i.d.
Reply #4 - May 8th, 2019 at 8:27am
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  Hi all:
Thank you for the identification of the cartridges. I was going to attempt to shoot them in my 1892 Marlin lever action, but at a gun show last weekend, several dealers told me they are worth $2.00 to $3.00 each.
They didn't know who the manufacturer was, and they thought the cartridges were loaded with black powder and probably wouldn't fire.
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Re: 32 short colt rimfire cartridge i.d.
Reply #5 - May 8th, 2019 at 7:18pm
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Black powder wouldn’t be a problem (as far as firing goes.)  More likely the priming compound will have deteriorated. I certainly wouldn’t expect them to fire reliably and collector value surely exceeds their shooting value.

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