Thank you Steve.
Thank you Steve.
Just Wanted to know how you cleaned your finds?
I start by scrubbing them in warm soapy water with a 'mini' wire brush, (like the ones you get for cleaning suede shoes). Then I dry them and for really stubborn stains I clamp my electric drill in a vice, attach a wire brush attachment and then give each item a blast through the brush at max speed. Not many stains stand up to that !
The base of the cartridges come up as shown using this technique as well as the base nuts etc...
A word of warning though.....the electric drill technique is VERY abrasive and can destroy delicate finds. For those I either just stick to soapy water, or I use a mini tool like a Dremmel.
Hope that helps
Yep ... the "mini brush" is infact a copper brush ... softer than brass, so won't hurt the cases ...
Been using one of them for 35 years plus now for cleaning hard caked on crud !
[QUOTE=Steve T;83710]I start by scrubbing them in warm soapy water with a 'mini' wire brush,
Is the large disc the base of a 25 pdr base eject smk round?
Certainly is Gary. I have had a couple of the spent rounds themselves and it fits perfectly
The .303 cartridges which you asked about are certainly from use in the Bren. The horizontal strike adjacent to the primer is made by the ejector.
Good luck in the home department!
Interestingly, you made almost exactly the same comment back in 2009 (hard to think this was 4 years ago !), when I first posted this thread. Go take a look.........3/4 the way down the first page
Crikey, where does the time go? I'm afraid my 63 year old brain is a bit slow these days. I do have a degree from Oxford in modern history, when my Mother asked me what modern history was I told her, "It's what I did yesterday".