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Cartridge of the Month June 2009

6.5 x 52 Carcano - Multiball
Specimens and photos courtesy of Paul Smith


This is an example of the 2nd variation of the multiball loading. The projectile consists of a brass jacket that has 4 longitudinal slits and 6 stacked lead cylinders. The jacket is open at both ends and designed to come apart after firing. The load has a reduced charge of propellant that is kept in place by a cotton wad.


It was used as a guard or riot control load.

The headstamp of this round is C.A. B-41 (which is raised within the annular groove of the base).

References: Military rifle and Machine Gun Cartridges by Jean Huon. Page 49.


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  Revised 9 January 2009