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I was given 280 rounds of 8x57, brass case, bright silver (magnetic) 150 grain bullet with concave butt....
Headstamp is "19" at 9 o'clock, "33" at three o'clock, "lll" at six o'clock and something like a "circle with an M inside it" at Noon. Comes on brass strippers, three clips to a box.
Red ink on box is very faint. may say "15 Cartouches 7.92 **/** Mauser" where stars are unknown charactors....

Who made this stuff for whom?

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The "circle-M" factory code is Czech, not Polish. This monogram stands for the "Cs. munieni a Kovodelene" located in Bratislava. This was a private company created in 1928 from the holdings of the former J. Roth company to produce cartridges for the Czech government.

Your cartridges are "vz.23" or Model of 1923 ball cartridges, with the standard nickel plated steel jacket, made in March (third month as indicated by the roman numeral III in the headstamp) of 1933. Basicly a copy of the German "S" ball cartridge and fully interchangeable with it.

The box markings are obviously not Czech. so either this ammo was made for export or it was re-packed at some later date (probably post-WWII) for sale.

An expert could tell you if the box and label "looked" Czech or not to help determine if it is original or repack.

D.D.
 
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