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I picked up about 200 .38spl cases at the range last week. Going through them today and a bunch of them have a headstamp "S&W 38SPL". Didn't know S&W made ammo. Anyone see these before?

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Yes I have. I have some .38Spl., and if I'm not mistaken, some .357Mag. I don't recall where I got them.
 

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The cartridge is properly called S&W 38 Special. S&W does not make the ammo.
 

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Okay found this, looks like S&W made ammo for a while.

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Smith & Wesson Ammunition Company, Rock Creek, Ohio, 44084
 

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I found a few oddball headstamps in some 357 brass I traded for. The center one is a S&W stamp, the others are Midway and Browning.
 

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Okay found this, looks like S&W made ammo for a while.

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S&WSmith & Wesson Ammunition Company, Rock Creek, Ohio, 44084
I had to look too. It was a joint venture with Fiocchi. In the early 70s. Geeze, it's hard to believe I have brass that old!
 

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I still have a box or two with the S&W logo on them and I'm sure I still have some of the brass in my mixed brass containers.
 
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Thanks smokewagon, you saved me from diving into my stash of old ammo.

I shot many rounds of their .38 and .357 "in the day".
 

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I have several hundred S&W head stamped .357 Magnum cases, I got them from a LEO he said they were once fired LE ammo from when they were packing wheel guns....
 

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FYI

Smith & Wesson invented & introduced the S&W .38 special in 1899 and the S&W .357 magnum in 1935.

In the early years gun makers hated to market anything with a competitors name on it.

Nowadays it's not the case so you can see a Taurus, Kimber et al in a .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) caliber or .40 S&W caliber.
 

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Not only did S&W produce/market a line of ammo, it came in a blue and white box, they also marketed a line of powders . Alcan , it came in a blue and silver square container. It had S&W on it but was made in Sweden. I still have some Alcan#5 and some primers, marked Alcan and S&W. This was the 70's and they wanted to get into the reloading market.
The ammo, powders and primers were quality products. With the powder shortage , I discovered the Alcan #5 in a closet, it still smelled and looked good, so I've been using it to reload handgun ammo.
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I've got a bag of .45LC brass with the S&W Headstamp on it.
 
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