Base .32-20 WCF?
Michael W. Cobine sends us these unusual .32-20 WCF cartridges.
Michael says to look at the bases of these pair of cases. Do they
look like "A" Base cases to you? Have any of you visitors seen
anything similar? These do look like some of the raised base cases
made by U.M.C. but with a more defined step.
Let us know if you have any thoughts about these.
The case on the left is headstamped 'W.R.A.Co. 32 W.C.F.', the
case on the right is unheadstamped.
Enlargement of the case base, note the step.
the February A-Base Case
From Howard Hoovestol;
"I do have a comment about the 32-20 a-base. I sectioned one, and it
is found constructed under the Bayless patent of February 16, 1875
(No. 159,883) Dan Shuey told me that he had found one with the
W.R.A.Co. headstamp. The one I have has the 1878 Gardner primer, so
I had suspected it was made by Winchester, now the headstamp
Below is sheet 2 of the T.R. Bayliss U.S. Patent No. 159,883
dated February 16, 1875 showing the 'reinforced' base design. Ok,
when did the a-base case design appear in Europe? Bayliss was from
England but did European manufacturers adopt this case base design?
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