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Author Topic: S3 9MM LUGER F headstamp  (Read 9987 times)

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Offline kgarrison

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S3 9MM LUGER F headstamp
« on: July 16, 2021, 12:35:10 PM »
Pretty sure it's from the company Shell Tech

Two part case where the head is nickle coated aluminum and the body is described as a "nickle alloy stainless" that is magnetic.

The company also says it's re-loadable and sells dies to accomplish this.
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Offline Melissa DeBerry

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Re: S3 9MM LUGER F headstamp
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2021, 09:59:47 AM »
Reminds me of the NOVX ammunition.
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Re: S3 9MM LUGER F headstamp
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2021, 10:28:20 AM »
I recently saw this forum thread listing brands that were using cartridge cases of this type:

I can't vouch for how current or complete it is.  The info comes piecemeal over several posts, too.
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Re: S3 9MM LUGER F headstamp
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2021, 09:52:51 AM »

That is a helpful thread on the cartridge collectors page, thanks for sharing!

I have twenty "S3" headstamped rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition in a case I'm currently working. The bullets look a lot like a Liberty Ammunition bullet (nickel plated solid copper hollowpoint), found this on their website . I did weigh one of the cartridges, I got 92.2 grains for the total weight.
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Re: S3 9MM LUGER F headstamp
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2021, 05:23:27 PM »
 I recently purchased a box of Sierra Sports Ammunition from Academy Sports that has the same headstamp and design as your photos. They are loaded with a JHP. I have included a link to the website included on the back of the ammo box.

Offline Mallory Brewer

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Re: S3 9MM LUGER F headstamp
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2021, 06:03:06 PM »
Thank you all for the information and input. S3 has been updated in the Headstamp Guide.



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