Originally Posted by RustyShackleford101
I want to add an 88 Commission to my collection. I'd like to be able to reload for the J round. Does anybody here have experience doing so? Would I need different dies or a different expander to deal with the smaller diameter bullet? What data do I use? Are there bullets available? Thank you.
The letter "J" often mentioned by English speaking sources is actually an "I" for Infanterie (German for "infantry"). A stamped "I" at the cartridge bottom in writing styles used in the past in Germany could be easily mistaken for a "J". Even in the 21st century the "I" is often substituted by a "J" in English speaking communities and German ammunition manufacturers often write "JS" instead of "IS" to avoid confusing customers. The letter "S" stands for Spitzgescho▀ ("pointed bullet"), and the English designation "spitzer" for that style of bullet is derived from this German term. The I & IR are .318, The IS & IRS are .323......