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Need help identifying a bullet

Article about: "Gun fires gun fires gun stops" Ain't got the same ring to it has it Steve With a magazine of rounds Load! with a magazine of bullets Load! See there is a difference xx

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    My son and I went to a WW2 fair, someone kindly gave my son a bullet that looks like a .50cal 1954, but I don't know what the rest mean?

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    It's British you can tell by the arrow/crow's foot stamp. RL shows it was made at the Royal Laboratory, in Woolwich.

    Welcome to the forum, your son will have the collecting bug soon if not already

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    .303 Royal Laboratories 1954 Mk 7 (powder)

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    thanks for your help guys

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    As stated, it is a .303 inch Ball Mark 7 made by Royal Laboratory, Woolwich in 1954. It was loaded with cordite ("powder" in British terminology generally means blackpowder).

    If it was a .50 calibre it would be about twice the size,

    1954 was about the end of production at RL before it closed.

    Regards
    TonyE
    British Military Smallarms and Ammunition
    Collector, Researcher and Pedant
    https://sites.google.com/site/britmilammo/

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    Makes sense. Thanks

    To KradSpam... My son DOES have a collecting bug now. :-)

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    Of course Tony you are right Cordite was used up until the 1950's, just trying to make a distinction between the v11 and the v11z, which I believe, and correct me if I'm wrong was cordite strips, but the v11 was flakes, and a slightly different constitution

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    Nice to see a youngster getting the collecting bug. However, let's get him started off on the right foot !!!

    Bullet = The projectile that leaves the gun and travels at high speed through the air until it hits the ground or something else.

    Cartridge = The brass/steel container for the propellent charge and which also serves as a 'holder' for the bullet.

    Round = A cartridge and a bullet when together as one piece


    What you have is a CARTRIDGE not, by any means, a BULLET. Once he gets this terminology correct, collecting will become a lot easier and he won't set pedants like myself off on one........


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    OUCH!!!! It's not a GUN! it's a weapon or rifle xx

    A gun is something a seven mile sniper will use. Remember Full metal Jacket? "This is my rifle this is my GUN"

    sorry Steve, a bit picky I know, but I used to slap anyone that said gun
    "Weapon fires, weapon fires weapon stops, on looking at the cocking handle it's fully forward.....carry on

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    LOL !!!

    I can feel a 'pedant battle' shall forthwith commence.......


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