Handcrafted Rifle Cartridges – RWS Special Edition

The perfect gift for the person who has everything?

The RWS Special Edition is most likely one of the world’s most exclusive (and expensive) choices in terms of ammunition. This exclusive series is available in eight classic hunting calibers.

All components, from primer through the case and powder to the bullet, has been carefully selected, tested, refined, and then, finally, loaded by hand with meticulous precision.

This handcraft and hand loading ensures the highest accuracy and performance of each and every cartridge.

In terms of looks the Special Edition is very unique, with gold-plated bullets.

The cartridge cases are coated with black ruthenium, and engraved with the name of the person (or the text of your choice).


Below: RWS Special Edition with individual engraving in caliber 7×64. What would you like written on yours?


(Translated) “A last greeting” – perhaps too morbid for my taste.

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They look rather nice and special.


A few words about the H-Mantel-bullet.. Apart from being a great gift, the intention is that you can actually use these for hunting with great results.

The H-groove is the special feature of the RWS H-jacket bullet. Shaped as a constriction in the middle of the jacket, it serves as a predetermined breaking point assisting the separation of the two bullet cores. The front part rapidly fragments after impact in the body of the game. The cylindrical tail part of the H-jacket separates at the H-groove and penetrates the body of heavy game. This expedites the desired bullet exit.


Construction H-Mantel-bullet for Special Edition:


  1. Geometrically optimized tail for highest precision
  2.  Hard tail core for extreme penetration
  3. Softer tip core for controlled fragmentation and high effectiveness
  4. Copper hollow tip for faster response in the game’s body
  5. H-shaped constriction for reliable part fragmentation
  6. Modified cannelure for an optimal seat of the bullet
  7. Progressively increasing jacket wall thickness for a mass-stable residual body and a sure bullet exit



Below: The 8 classic hunting calibers available. Rifles only.


Availability: 7×64, 7×65 R, .308 Win., .30-06, .300 Win. Mag., 8×57 IS, 8×75 IRS and 9.3×74 R.

The 30 pcs. of RWS Special Edition cartridges come in a high-quality wooden box with genuine gold-plated H-Mantel-bullets and a personal certificate.



Each cartridge is handmade and unique with an individual name engraving, a nice touch from RUAG Ammotec GmbH.


The price? If you have to ask…

The recommended retail price is 429 Euro (approximately 480 USD). That’s “only” about 16 USD per shot. But your hunting buddies will be very envious.

If RWS only could offer this in 300 Blackout Subsonic they would have my order…

Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Stannis Baratheon

    If it came in 9.3×62… Eh, I need a 300 Win Mag anyway.

  • Joshua

    $16 per round……I mean they’re cool….but not that cool.

    • Anonymoose

      Modern Nitro Express cartridges can cost $20 or more per round, and 20mm Lahti costs like $40 per round, iirc.

      • PersonCommenting

        Yeah but some of these arent even rarely made cartridges. I am sure I could make some pretty fancy ammo for around 3-5 dollars a round. Just need to figure out how to melt my gold down. Then buy the chemicals to use it to plate the lead.

        • JustAHologram

          Silver core bullet for werewolves?

      • Which Nitro Express cartridges cost $20+ a round?

  • Anomanom

    For the person who has everything… but good sense.

  • Simon Spero

    Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?

    • TVOrZ6dw

      You want Scaramanga from ‘Man with the Golden Gun’.

      • Simon Spero

        +1 nipple, but I believe that 4.2mm was never a popular hunting cartridge and looks like being rimfire, which make the hand loading a bit trickier 🙂

    • Major Tom

      No Mr Spero, I expect you to die.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    Gift idea if your father in law is the heart of darkness big game hunter.
    Or maybe you just want to be ready in case you have to step in as Humungus in Mad Max 2.

  • Edohiguma

    Cool, but €429 for 30 rounds? Uh….. no thanks.

  • This is the type of stuff that a gun owner would be laughed off the range for bringing that out. Only a serious Fudd could get away with having those since they only shoot once a year.

    • Anonymoose

      A very, very rich fudd.

  • Major Tom

    What messages would I have engraved on these? Well…

    Sua Sponte
    Semper Fidelis
    Memento Mori
    Who Dares Wins
    We Don’t Fly And We’re Not Letting Anyone Else Either! (Maybe a little big)
    Besa Mi Culo
    See You In H*ll

    And finally En Taro Adun!

    • Edeco

      mein Sach auf Nichts

    • lostintranslation

      -Don’t eat yellow snow
      -Cast not aspersions
      -Who gives a rat’s asp!
      -Make mine a double
      -Battery not included
      -It’s life Jim, but not as we know it
      -Look….it’s only a scratch
      -It only hurts when I laugh

      • gregge

        Make mine a double tap

    • Wolf Angel

      Mortem fiat vobis

  • Renegade

    A cool gift for the serious hunter; that said, I’m surprised you can’t one of these sets in .375 H&H.

    • Anonymoose

      Yeah, none of these are legal to hunt elephants with. 🙁

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Ive seen some intricate scams to separate people from their money but this is up there.
    This looks like something id see on QVC at 3 am.

    “Jeannie, notice the craftsmanship on this hand carved walnut case.”

    “Yes I know, Roger. Its making me moist.”

    • Swarf

      “Everything makes you moist, Jeannie.”

      “Ha ha! Except you, Roger.”

      “Just sign the papers, Jeannie.”

      • David Harmon

        The hell did I just read!? It’s like a porno up in here…

  • Swarf

    No 7.62x54r? No sale.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I need something for my gold plated garbage rod

  • Black_Viper

    Actually… These would make great wedding party gifts for the groom. You’d have to get a small box for each you pass out to the guys, but you’d walk away with a conversation piece, and the empty spots would be how you remember who was with you that day.

  • alex waits

    Hm. um…well.. umm.. nope, just cant seem to be able to get on board. Hard pass.

  • PersonCommenting

    So do you have to buy 2 boxes? I mean a box to site in and practice to confirm reliability and then one round a year to shoot game with? Or however many animals you get tags for.

    • Norm Glitz

      You could “sight” in at any of your usual sites.

  • RocketScientist

    Anyone know a company (ideally US-based) offering similar options for pistol rounds? I am presenting my best friend with a nicely engraved S&W 686+ (.357) to commemorate a special event, and a nice presentation-grade set of 7 rounds of .357 would be a perfect lagniappe. I re-load, so looked into doing it myself, but finding a plater/engraver willing to work on even inert components of ammunition has been tricky.

    • randomswede

      Someone who laser engraves pens perhaps?
      There’s also etching, I did a quick check on youtube and chemically the process is straightforward, the masking as complex as the result you are looking for.

      Obviously any process that takes material out will weaken the brass, I’m sure you’ve already taken that into account but “safety is everyone’s responsibility” and all that.

  • Disarmed in CA

    something something fool and his money something

  • Arie Heath

    It would be a great display piece for a gun room. Shoot one round for special occasions, such as a first hunting trip or a wedding.

  • Hoplopfheil

    It would mean more if you hand loaded the ammo yourself. Especially as a gift to a parent, because they love handmade gifts!

  • PersonCommenting

    Anyone shoot a Cz 527 in 762×39?

  • Bill

    I’m guessing if you’ve spent mega for a handmade double rifle, these would fit into the cabinetry-grade exotic wood case with velvet lining, indexed screws, and sterling silver oil container and jags.

  • Lord Dratsab

    New problem for rich firearm enthusiasts: Gold Fouling

    • Rooftop Voter

      Darn it, now I have to melt the barrel to recover the gold.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    I think Ill load up a M240 with 200 of these linked and burn through $3200 in 15 seconds…

    • andyb0311

      hey doc,take it you never served…15 seconds for 200 rds from a M240 really??? what’s next 1 minute for 100 rds from a M249 saw

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Ive never served and Ive never shot a M240, but I didnt know that disqualified me from making a joke. For the purposes of humor ones numbers dont have to be spot on.

        • Aaron Hsu

          Heh, when you are on the Internet, it’s all that matters.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Just dont get your name engraved on these, murder someone, and not pick up your casings…

    • Pseudo

      How about “Just don’t murder someone”

      • iksnilol

        Oh my goodness.

        *facepalm while sighing*

        Why… why even bother then?

  • Wolf Angel

    People, these are not, despite appearances, ammunition. They are a case full of McGuffins. They are a great movie prop, where the case is left at the scene of the crime and the ME finds mysteriously gold plating on the fragments of the bullet left in the body. The the Matlogyverbo character does something mysterious to determine the prime suspect has a case full of these things missing one… insert many misdirections … only to have the missing one turn up at suspect two’s place where suspect prime had it delivered as a not so subtle threat. The the Emnigh Shamblin character is finally discovered to be hand crafting them in his mothers basement and in a twist, looking completely innocent his fingerprint is discovered by the ME using the MagicLight(tm) and cola soda method to enhance it visibly under the metallic plating of the base of the bullet. Then we find it was his mother who had an affair with the victim who refused to acknowledge our bullet maker thus depriving him of his rightful place in high society… and … the Gardener who secretly loved the boy bullet maker’s mother stole one handmade bullet and knowing Matlogyverbo would trace it back to the maker shot the former love of the mother, in an attempt to have her affections final settle on her, yes, the Gardener is … Bruce Jenner!

    This story is about as useful as this handcrafted case of ammunition.

  • Leveller

    Is this a New Clever Ingenious Way of “Identifying” Cartridges to the Unwary Buyer.

  • “To Whom It May Concern”
    “Here’s Your Sign”
    “Do Not Take Internally”
    “A Fool And His Money”

    If only they offered it in 7.62X54R:
    “From Russia With Love”

  • AD

    Far too pretty to actually shoot.

  • Pastor Dan

    Let me know when the .35 Remington version has been tested in the field, please.

  • Mog Grat

    Can see lots of activity in the butts, scrabbling to find gold……….

  • Secundius

    Well it does give New Meaning to Having a Bullet with Your Name On It…

    • maodeedee

      Funny, but cartridges are not “Bullets” and these are cartridges loaded with projectiles which is what bullets are.

      • Secundius

        If you can “Laser Etch” a Cartridge, you can do the Same Thing to a Bullet too…

  • maodeedee

    What, no 35 Whelan?

  • gregge

    No .303 Savage? That’s so classic it’s nearly unobtainable.

    • Secundius

      A .308Win will work? Only if you Intend to Rebarrel the Rifle…

      • gregge

        Not going to rebarrel or otherwise alter a Savage 1899 made in 1910, with full octagon barrel.

        • Secundius

          OK? But as far as I know, you can get a Octagon Barrel chambered in .308Win. AmmoNow has a .303 Savage, Box of 20 Soft-Points for $24.99 with 40 boxes available. Or try AmmoLand, AmmoSeek, GunBroker or even The Sportsman’s Guide…