written by Mats Persson
A letter code, a numeric code, an abbreviation or a trade mark for the manufacturer six o'clock.
24 Norrahammars Bruk, Norrahammar (only mfg the cases) 25 Vulcans Tändsticksfabrik, Tidaholm 26 Svenska Metallverken AB, Västerås 026 Svenska Metallverken AB, Västerås 27 AB Norma projektilfabrik, Åmotfors 027 AB Norma projektilfabrik, Åmotfors 28 Jönköpings Vestra Tändsticksfabrik, Jönköping 30 DWM, Germany 32 Lidköpings Tändsticksfabrik, Lidköping 33 Brünn, Czechoslovakia 34 Jönköpings Tändsticksfabrik, Jönköping 070 FFV Vanäsverken, Karlsborg 071 FFV Zakrisdalsverken, Karlstad 583 Raufoss, Norway 586 Hirtenberg, Hirtenberg bei Wien, Austria H Hirtenberg, Hirtenberg bei Wien, Austria K&C Keller & Co, Hirtenberg bei Wien, Austria SFM Société Francaies de munition Paris, France K Amf Karlsborg M Amf Marieberg N Nordiska Metallaktiebolaget, Västerås Norma AB Norma Projektilfabrik, Åmotfors VPT Valtion Patruunatehdas, Finland (Lapua) DWM Deutschen Waffen- und Munitionsfabrik, Germany
Sometimes the text "Amf" twelve o'clock, this means "Ammunitionsfabrik" (ammunition-factory) and refers to the code six o'clock.
Older cases often have a crown twelve o'clock, this normally means that the ammunition have been manufactured by a state ammunition factory, i.e. Amf Karlsborg or Amf Marieberg.
But it seems like the crown also appears on ammunition made in France and Germany - by SFM and DWM.
Sometimes an "E" twelve o'clock, this means that the case is made of brass-plated steel instead of brass.
Sometimes the manufacturer twelve o'clock - mostly on imported ammunition made by SFM and K&C.
The code for Amf Zakrisdal 'Z', and the code for Svenska tändsticks AB, Jönköping '31', could be found on boxes but as far as I've been told they didn't manufacture any brass in 6,5x55 - they probably just loaded some 6,5 mm ammunition.
The code for VPT in Finland was '29', but this code have only been observed on boxes - all cases were marked 'VPT'.
Of course there are other markings as well!
Silvertoped, Fälttorped, Banskyttepatron
Factory reloaded ammunition - always Berdan primers
"norma" twelve o'clock
A code for the year of production, either, one letter six o'clock
O P S T U V L I C
or, two letters, one eight o'clock and one four o'clock
S D S X S G M N
Sometimes an "n" twelve o'clock, the year of production nine
o'clock and three o'clock and "6.5x55" six o'clock.
Always Boxer primers
"norma" twelve o'clock
Calibre six o'clock e.g. "6.5x55"
Thanks to Bertil Olsson for corrections and additional information.
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