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  1. #1
    us
    Oct 2008
    Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    Minelab E-Trac; Fisher CZ-5; Fisher 1280X; Whites Classic V ID
    31
    Relic Hunting

    A shell casing a brooch and an old shotgun shell brass

    The other day I dug up and old shell casing which has the following inscription on the end:
    W.R.A. Co. 38-56 WCF I have determined that the W.R.A. Co. is the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The 38-56 is the caliber. The WCF is Winchester Center Fire. The shell is 2 1/8 long. The end of the shell is 19-32" wide. The primer is 7/32" wide. Any help on this and the below items would be appreciated.



    This is a brooch that I dug up and know nothing about it. There are no markings on it. I am also curious what the hook may have been used for.



    This is shotgun shell brass that I dug up. It has no markings on it. The primer on the inside looks different than a modern primer.



    Thanks,
    Bill

  2. #2

    Feb 2007
    The Lone Star State
    ace 250/ Minelab SE Pro
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    Re: A shell casing a brooch and an old shotgun shell brass

    I'd be curious as to what those shiny things are in that broach...
    CRH Totals
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  3. #3
    us
    Oct 2008
    Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    Minelab E-Trac; Fisher CZ-5; Fisher 1280X; Whites Classic V ID
    31
    Relic Hunting

    Re: A shell casing a brooch and an old shotgun shell brass

    I am assuming that they are rhinestones. I haven't had them checked though.

  4. #4
    us
    Mar 2009
    Cotopaxi, Colorado
    CZ-7, F5, FX-3
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    Re: A shell casing a brooch and an old shotgun shell brass

    Winchester introduced the 38-56 WCF in 1887....was common in the lever action rifles. They were normally loaded with a 255 grain Flat Nose bullet.

    http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/1397520...x107838781.jpg

    http://pics.gunbroker.com/GB/1397520...x107838875.jpg

    TiredIron

  5. #5
    us
    Aug 2009
    The Ozarks, Missouri
    Teknetics Alpha 2000
    733
    100 times
    Relic Hunting

    Re: A shell casing a brooch and an old shotgun shell brass

    Hey Bill,

    Here is a site that might be able to help you with both the shotgun brass and the WRA cartridge (if you need anything else on it).

    http://members.shaw.ca/cstein0/heads.htm

    I really like it when I find shotgun brass. I have yet to find one that is not marked. Today I found my first 16ga. though Good luck on the id of the brass and let us know what you find out.

    Congrats on the nice finds BTW!
    Doug

 

 

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