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This is what is called the Tull Bryant bullet and it dates from 1932. From Left: High velocity tests: black tip (F A 35), red-tipped T6 (F A 34) which had a blunt steel slug (shown sectioned); the Tull Bryant bullet (FA 32); early Plate Test headstamped F A 33 and the later style headstamped F A 42.

Starting in the early 1930s, there was a huge amount of experimentation on high velocity armor-piercing bullets and these are not uncommon. The challenge of getting any worthwhile incendiary effect from such a light bullet plagued the .30-06 its entire life.

By 1903, the original .30-01 cartridge had lost its thick rim and had been adopted as the .30 Model of 1903 - the ".30-03", and in the same year the Springfield was also adopted as the .30 Rifle, Model of 1903.

The .30-03 retained the 220-grain round-nosed bullet of its predecessor at a time when most world powers had realized the advantages of a pointed or "spitzer" bullet.

Ball rounds with silver tips headstamped F A 41 are often sold as Armor-piercing Incendiary (API) rounds but the silver tip ID for API rounds didn't appear until 1943. The earliest AP rounds that you are likely to encounter is the M1917 with its lead bullet tip - occasionally mistaken for a hunting bullet in a military case - usually headstamped FA 17 or F A 18.

The Hague Convention of 1899 (Not the Geneva Convention as some would have you believe) banned the use of expanding bullets on personnel.

Sporting rounds are still made by a large number of U. This huge amount of development plus the variety of loads designed by practically every sporting ammunition manufacturer in the world poses somewhat of a dilemma for the novice .30-06 collector. How you decide to collect .30-06 depends mostly on what gets you excited, with a few "minor" considerations like space and money.

A conservative estimate of the number of variations of the .30-06 cartridge, if one counts headstamp dates and the different hunting bullets, is in excess of 10,000 rounds. To help you decide, here's a list of countries known to have made .30-06:- Typical military loadings will include: Armor-piercing (AP), AP-Incendiary, Ball, Blank, Dummy, Gallery, High Pressure Test, Incendiary, and Tracer.

Thus, on October 15, 1906, with little fanfare, was born the .30 Cal. From these humble beginnings, the .30-06 became one of the most popular military and sporting cartridges in the world, being manufactured in almost fifty countries. rather than just the cartridge's performance and flexibility.

Many of the experimentals and limited-issue rounds are available to collectors (some of these are covered later in this article). with the opportunity to expand its influence and what better way than to provide friendly foreign powers with your excess weaponry.

Military production started in 1906 and was still going strong in Denmark in the 1990s though U. Military production effectively ceased in the 1960s except for match rounds. The latter often refer to the .30-06 as the 7.62x63 - the "63" referring to the case length in millimeters. These countries quickly realized the benefit of making their own ammunition and many performed a great deal of experimentation of their own.

Both the M1917 and the M1918 had cupronickel jackets.

The M1918 can be recognized by the ring on the bullet jacket just above the case mouth.

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