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LVE 10 9mm Luger Casing


I picked up some brass the other day at the range. Included was a copper colored 9mm Luger casing with a head stamp of "LVE 10". It makes a different sound than regular brass when dropped onto a table top.

LVE 10 9mm Luger Ammunition Casing
LVE 10 9mm Luger Casing (Right)
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I tried to research it online and did not find much. Someone thought it may be Russian made and suggested to see if it was magnetic.

I tested it with a magnet and sure enough it was magnetic which means it was made of steel and not brass or copper.

I then sliced off a piece of the case with a Dremmel and scraped the surface to look at the bare metal. It had the look of steel.

Close inspection of the primer pocket indicates that the primer is painted in or sealed with some type of sealant. Further inspection of the case interior showed two flash holes instead of one.


LVE 10 9mm Luger Casing
Sealed Primer - LVE 10 9mm Luger Ammunition Casing LVE 10 9mm Luger Casing Is Magnetic LVE 10 9mm Luger Casing Is Steel
Sealed Primer
Casing Is Magnetic Casing Is Steel


I don't think I will be reloading this case.



Update: 1/15/2011

I received an email with the following message..

Here's your answer...

I followed the link and it took me to a Russian website for the LVE Novosibirsk Cartridge Plant.
LVE Plant - "Joint-stock company “Novosibirsk Cartridge Plant” (JSC “NPZ”) is founded on the basis of ammunition production of Novosibirsk Low Voltage Equipment Plant plc. (LVE Plant) after its transformation in October, 2003, the production activity has started since May, 2004. JSC “NPZ” is one of the leading engineering enterprises of military-industrial complex of Russia. It is specialized on the ammunition production for small arms and is one of the largest supplier for Russian and international markets. It also manufactures sport and hunting ammunition of different calibers for different weapons, traumatic cartridges for active self-defense." Ref:

From what I interpret from their website the cartridge/case is Russian made. The LVE marked on the head stamp stands for Novosibirsk Low Voltage Equipment Plant plc. (LVE Plant).

The copper colored 900 Luger LVE case that I found appears to be from a Military Cartridge.

9x18mm Pistol Cartridge With Steel Core Bullet
Index 57-H-181C
Case material / Jacket material Bimetal / Bimetal
Average bullet velocity V10, m/s 290-315
The maximum powder gass pressure Pav, Average/Maximum, kg/sm2 1200/1400
Bullet mass, g 6,15
Cartridge mass, g 10,07
Accurancy R50 at distance 25m**, sm 3,2**
The quantity at cartridges in box, pcs 2560
Finction Intended for opponent"s living force destruction in a short range battle


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Sent: September 15, 2011
Subject: LVE 10 cases
I would like to try reloading with the 9mm LVE 10 cartridge. How can I obtain 100 LVE 10 cases.
Thank you, John

Response - John
Sorry. I don’t know where you can get them. The cases that I came across were range pickups.
Best regards,



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