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Offline mazo kid

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Brass from the desert southwest
« on: August 26, 2020, 12:10:03 PM »
A couple of years after my dad retired, my folks moved to Las Crusces, NM. We visited them for 7-8 days a couple of times a year. I always like going to flea markets and antique stores in the area. I found a box of OLD ammo and brass and brought that home. These spent cases were among the other treasures.

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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2020, 12:12:00 PM »
These 50-70 cases had evidently been in the desert for decades. The headstamp on this one says WRACo.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2020, 03:28:04 PM by mazo kid »

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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2020, 12:14:03 PM »
Now that is old!
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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2020, 12:15:44 PM »
Another shot

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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2020, 12:17:17 PM »
If brass could talk...
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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2020, 12:21:11 PM »
Yeah, I was just gonna say the same thing! This last photo is of a cartridge that is the oldest of the 3...an inside-primed case/ (Benet primed)

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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2020, 12:26:05 PM »
My understanding is that the 50-70 carbines and rifles were issued to the Troopers in the early days of the Indian uprisings, 1866-1873, after which they were issued 45-70 firearms. The 50-70 guns were kept as hunting arms, scout use, etc.

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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2020, 01:10:22 PM »
It's amazing what you can find in the desert and how good of shape it's in. I've seen a lot of guns that were found in the desert and the metal is in excellent shape. The wood gets sandblasted and many times there's not much left.
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Re: Brass from the desert southwest
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2020, 01:14:32 PM »
Those are really cool cases Em.

I'd love to have a rifle chambered in 50-70.
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