Help identifying two cartridges I found from my grandfather

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PGT
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Help identifying two cartridges I found from my grandfather

Post by PGT » 10 Mar 2010, 17:14

My grandfather died a decade ago and my wife has been scanning pictures from his belongings. He served in WWII in the Rome and Appenine campaigns, winning the Bronze Star.

In his dresser-top chest amongst military patches (88th Infantry) and captain's bars, we found a pair of cartridges. They're small.

Details:
#1 is stamped "III 1915 SB"
#2 is stamped "SBP 7.65"

They're identical....straight brass cases (so not German Luger) and silver colored bullets (that look like a Luger bullet).

I've done some searches and come up with a possible French origin (7.65 Longue) but the 1915 headstamp predates that option.

7.65x17mm Browning SR or 7.65 mm Browning (.32 ACP)?

looks identical to the one on the right:

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If so, I'd wonder why he had these. Perhaps something he owned post-war or a souvenir he picked up in Italy?
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Re: Help identifying two cartridges I found from my grandfat

Post by Ariac » 10 Mar 2010, 19:29

7.65 frommer maybe, basically hot loaded 32 acp.

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