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Old 02-16-2011, 11:27 PM
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Could someone tell me the last date copper cases were made? Found some old copper case .38 WCF today.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:14 AM
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I don't believe there ever were .38 WCF in Copper. Very few center-fire cases of any caliber were Copper. Often chemical cleaning of brass will leach the Zinc from the surface leaving the brass red and appearing to be Copper. If you are willing to damage one try a stroke of a file across one of the cases and I will bet the filed area will be brass colored.
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I know the last time copper cases were used in the Army was 1876, after the battle of Little Bighorn. That was one of the reasons the troops had trouble firing back at the natives, because their single shot Springfield Trapdoors rifles couldn't properly eject the spent cases. A lot of the copper cases were stuck in the breach when the barrels got too hot, or ripped in half when trying to eject them, and since the carbines a lot were using didn't come with cleaning rods attached, they had a hell of a time digging those empty cases out.

When the Army when to brass cases, the ejection problem disappeared.

I am not sure when consumer ammo stopped using copper cases.
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IN the 70s and 80s there was a Canadian company supplying 32 rim fire ammo with copper cases. I was buying it at the time for a Marlin but don't remember the brand name. They were the last I'm aware of.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:43 PM
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IN the 70s and 80s there was a Canadian company supplying 32 rim fire ammo with copper cases. I was buying it at the time for a Marlin but don't remember the brand name. They were the last I'm aware of.
CIL (Canadian Industries, Ltd.), I think. At the time I had an FFL and was able to scrounge up some .32 Long rimfire for a friend of my brother-in-law.

I haven't thought of that outfit in 30 years.
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