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Article about: I was told my great grandfather was a worker for a bullet manufacturing company during world war two. I've had a bullet sitting on my dresser for about 6 years now, and I finally decided to

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    I was told my great grandfather was a worker for a bullet manufacturing company during world war two. I've had a bullet sitting on my dresser for about 6 years now, and I finally decided to look into it. It was never used, I was told it was taken straight out of the factory. The only thing I can tell you is it is marked DM 43. can someone tell me what gun shot this round and some basic history about it?

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    No idea of the calibre but at a guess DM is for Deutsche Waffen-u. Munitionsfabriken A.-G., , Früher Lorenz , Karlsruhe, Germany. 43 would be the date of manufacture. possibly 7.92

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    DM could also be for the Des Moines Iowa plant in the USA seeing as we have to guess at the country he lived and worked in.
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Hi and welcome to the forum !

    The term 'bullet' is the projectile itself. I think what you want identifying is the 'cartridge'. Sorry to be picky but it's a pet hate of mine when people call a cartridge a bullet

    Des Moines is more likely considering there's only 2 marks. 7.92's usually (although not always) have 4 sets of markings. That would make it either a .30 or .50 cal. Can you upload some pictures or, failing that, measure it for us please.

    Thanks

    Steve T

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    Alrighty I took some measurements. It's about 5 and a half inches long, or 14 centimeters, and 2 centimeters thick at the bottom of the cartridge. Hope this helps!

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    In which case it's a .50cal. I've attached some pictures of .50cals I have found, 5 that I spent HOURS cleaning to get them back to original brass, (these are INERT and are made from spent cartridges and spent bullets married together), and a set of .50cal headstamps. Hopefully, yours looks like the one far right.

    These cartridges were used in the standard heavy MG of the US Army, mounted on tanks, jeeps, half-tracks etc.... and also mounted on virtually all American WW2 aircraft.

    Hope this answers you questions

    Steve T
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    Hello-that sounds like Mr .50 cal -Browning heavy machine gun round.

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    Yep. Nice that you have a mint bullet. It's a standard issue US.30 cal. Remington issue carbine rifle bullet. Made in Des Moines, Iowa in 1943

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    Errr...not if it's over 5" long!

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    And definitely not a carbine round

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