Over the years I have collected much pick-up brass from various ranges with the intention to reload them if, as and when. The same goes for other components. Now that loaded rounds are both scarce and dear, it seemed like a good time to do some reloading. I got together with some friends to pool resources and labor and we are close to loading day on a few thousand .45 ACP (and only because a couple of generous readers chipped in some extra components they had).
The next project is reloading a mess of 5.56. To that end, we have been decapping and polishing the sorted brass (about 10K of various headstamps). Yesterday I was working on Sellier & Bellot and got two rounds into the decapping session when the pin broke. The guilty headstamp was SB 93 5.56 and then the NATO circle/cross. I sorted it into S&B pile based on The International Ammunition Association's headstamp guide. The guide lists four possibilities for the SB code:
1. Arms Corporation of the Philippines, (formally Squires Bingham Co.) Marikina, Republic of the Philippines2, Empresa Nacional Santa Barbara de Industrias Militares SA, Toledo, Spain3. Israeli Military Industries, Tel Aviv, Israel4. Sellier and Bellot, Schoenbeck/Elbe, Germany
I thought it was Sellier & Bellot. Wrong. Subsequently I found this post from 2009 about the same headstamp which the poster notes came from a box marked "Ordinario . . . with Fabricia Palencia."
Also, I should have noticed that the brass primer pocket had triple reinforcing crimps. (See photos.) No wonder I broke the decapping pin. So, a word to the wise is sufficient, right?