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Have a new, old stock box of 2R also know as 22/3000 cartridges. This is a box of 50, made by Smith Custom Loads Middlebury, VT. Box is two piece, brown with black printing, very good shape. Cartridges Of The World classifies it as a wildcat, also known as 2R Lovell. Any idea what it's worth ? Thanks, Jim
 

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This guy ^ wants $14.75 per cartridge for Griffin and Howe head stamps. Supposedly the JB Smith head stamp is more rare.
 

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The 22/3000 is one of our first high velocity wildcat cartridges. It is based upon the 25-20 Single Shot case, which is longer and skinnier than a 25-20 WCF. The 2R Lovell is based on the 22/3000, and is fireformed to have a straight case wall and the shoulder blown forward.

A lot of Winchester 1885 Single Shot High Walls were converted to 22/3000 or 2R Lovell with tube scopes, making an excellent varmint gun for its day, and it can still hold its own today. Despite the small size of the case, this cartridge produces pressures that preclude it being used in a an 1885 Low Wall.

I've long been tempted to have one of my extra 1885 High Wall actions barreled for 2R Lovell and top it with a Lyman Super Target Spot scope. One of those back burner projects. Brass has not been made in many years, but 25-20 Single Shot brass is available, but not cheap at $2.50 each.


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Based on the drawings, these are 2R Lovells. They have the J B Smith head stamp.
The top of the box has "2R-22/3000 Caliber", the side has 47 GR. W-M, 8-S, The bottom has 2 South Carolina tax stamps from the old days.
 

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I have a Lovell built on a BSA action, Lischert scope. I could use more brass, but not at fifteen bucks a pop. Since I also have the dies, etc, I guess it's time to scrounge up some 25-20 hulls. Like a fool I sold a bunch of G&H brass-NIB, several years ago. Oh, the rifle is in Jim Grants first book, maple stock.
 

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Mapper, is that rifle "G" on page 341, the one restocked with curly maple?
 
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