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A quick reference to .303 Headstamps

Article about: by zwerge Hi John,thanks for the list,I have a question for you.On the HS does not the letter C denote cordite? Because when I shake this round I can hear the powder inside,would this be a b

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    Default A quick reference to .303 Headstamps

    Thought this may be of use to members. Having a vast collection of .303's There isn't that much information on them, unless you're lucky enough to get hold of Labbett and Mead's definitive guide to the .303 inch cartridge! ( I have) Out of print since 1989

    Known Manufacturers

    A Pretoria West Metal Pressings, Pretoria SOUTH AFRICA
    A Artillerie Inrichingen, Hemberg, NETHERLANDS
    AE Arsenal do Ejecito, Libson, PORTUGAL
    AF Small Arms Ammunition Factory, Footscray, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    AIF Small Arms Ammunition Factory No 1, Footscray, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    AOC Bombrini, Parodi et Delfino, Rome, ITALY
    APX Atelier dr Construction de Puteaux, FRANCE
    AI Artillerie Inrichingen, Hemberg, NETHERLANDS
    A-VE Atelier de Construction de Valence, FRANCE
    A.VIS Atelier de Fabrication de Vincinnes, FRANCE
    B Brimingham Metal and Munitions Co Ltd, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    BD Halls Telegraph Co Burghfield, UNITED KINGDOM
    BE Royal Ordinance Factory, Blackpole, Worchester, UNITED KINGDOM
    BLANCH J Blanch & Sons of Fenchurch St., London, UNITED KINGDOM
    BM British Munitions Co Ltd., Millwall, London UNITED KINGDOM
    BPD Bombrini, Parodi et Delfino, Rome, ITALY
    C Pirotecnico di Capua, ITALY
    CAC Colonial Ammunition Co., Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
    CAC Colonial Ammunition Co. Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    CIL Canadian Industies Ltd., Montreal, CANADA
    CP Crompton Parkinson Ltd., Guiseley, Yorkshire, UNITED KINGDOM
    C18F1 Government Cartridge Factory No 1, Blackheath, UNITED KINGDOM
    C-P Crompton Parkinson Ltd., Doncaster, Yorkshire, UNITED KINGDOM
    C..F3 Government Caartridge Factory No 3, Blackpole, Worc, UNITED KINGDOM
    D Dominion Cartridge Co., Brownsberg, Quebec, CANADA
    DA Dominion Arsenal, Montreal, CANADA
    DAC Dominion Arsenal, Quebec, CANADA
    DAL Dominion Arsenal, Lindsay, Ontario, CANADA
    DAQ Dominion Arsenal, Quebec, CANADA
    DC Defense Industries, Brownsburgh, Quebec, CANADA
    DC Dominion Cartridge Company, CANADA
    DC CO Dominion Cartridge Company, CANADA
    DF Indian Government Ammunition Factory, Dum Dum, Calcutta, INDIA
    DI Defense Industies, Montreal, CANADA
    DI Indian Government Ammunition Factory, Dum Dum, Calcutta, INDIA
    DIL Defense Industies, Montreal, CANADA
    DIV Defense Industies, Verdun, CANADA
    Do Hirtenberg Patronenfabrik, Dordrecht, NETHERLANDS
    Dominion Dominion Cartridge Co., Quebec, CANADA
    DF Indian Government Ammunition Factory, Dum Dum, Calcutta, INDIA
    DWM Deutsche Waffen Und Munitionsfabrik, Karlsruhe, GERMANY
    E Eley Brothers, Edmonton, London, UNITED KINGDOM
    Eatons Dominion Cartridge Co.(Made for Eatons Dept Store), Quebec, CANADA
    EB Eley Brothers, Edmonton, London, UNITED KINGDOM
    F Small Arms Ammunition Factory, Footscray, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    FC Federal Cartridge Co, Anoka, Minn UNITED STATES
    FN Fabrique National d’Armes de Guerre, Herstal BELGIUM
    FNM Fabrique National de Municoes e Armas Legeiras, Moscavide, PORTUGAL
    FNT Fabrica Nacional de Espana, Palencia, SPAIN
    FWL & Co. F.W. Lamplough & Co, CANADA
    G Greenwood and Batley, Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
    GA Grenfell and Accies Ltd. Perry Barr, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    GB Greenwood and Batley, Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
    GBF Greenwood and Batley, Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
    G18F1 Government Cartridge Factory No 1, Blackheath, UNITED KINGDOM
    G..F3 Government Caartridge Factory No 3, Blackpole, Worc, UNITED KINGDOM
    GKB George Kynoch, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    GEVELOT Gevelot & Gaupittat Freres, Paris, FRANCE
    Hornady Hornady UNITED STATES
    HN Royal Ordinance Factory, Hirwaun, South Wales, UNITED KINGDOM
    HSA Hingston Arms Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
    HXP Greek Powder and Cartridge Co., Athens, GREECE
    ICI Imperial Chemicals Industries, UNITED KINGDOM
    ICIANZ Imperial Chemicals Industries, NEW ZEALAND
    IMPERIAL Canadian Industries Ltd, Montreal, CANADA
    IMPERIAL Canadian Industires Ltd, Plattsburg, NY, UNITED STATES
    IVI Industries Valcartier Industies, CANADA
    J Brimingham Metal and Munitions Co Ltd, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    K Kynoch & Co., Witton, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    K Indian Government Ammunition Factory Kirkee, near Poona, INDIA
    K2 Imperial Chemical Industries Kynoch Factory at Standish UNITED KINGDOM
    K4 Imperial Chemical Industries Kynoch Factory at Yeading UNITED KINGDOM
    K5 Imperial Chemical Industries Kynoch Factory at Kidderminster UNITED KINGDOM
    KF Indian Government Ammunition Factory Kirkee, near Poona, INDIA
    KH Indian Government Ordinance Factory, Khamaria, INDIA
    KN Kings Norton Metal Co., Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    KYNOCH Kynoch & Co., Witton, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    L Lorenz Ammunition and Ordinance Co, Millwall London, UNITED KINGDOM
    L Ludlow and Co, Wolverhampton, Staffs, UNITED KINGDOM
    LAC Dominion Arsenal, Lindsay, Ontario, CANADA
    L-E Remington UMC, Bridgeport Conn., UNITED STATES
    M Brimingham Metal and Munitions Co Ltd, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    M Nobel Explosives Ltd., Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
    MAXIM Maxim Arms Co., London, UNITED KINGDOM
    MEN Maschinefabrik Elisenhutte, WEST GERMANY
    MEXICO Fabrica National de Munitions, Mexico City, MEXICO
    MF Small Arms Ammunition Factory No 1, Footscray, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    MG Small Arms Ammunition Factory No2, Footscray, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    MH Small Arms Ammunition Factory No 3, Hendon, AUSTRALIA
    MI Societe Meridionale d’Industrie, Robert Paulet & Cie, Marseille, FRANCE
    MJ Small Arms Ammunition Factory No 4, Hendon, AUSTRALIA
    MKE Makina ve Kimya Endusrisi, Kuruma, TURKEY
    MQ Small Arms Ammunition Factory No 5, Rocklea, AUSTRALIA
    MS Small Arms Ammunition Factory No 7, Salisbury, AUSTRALIA
    MW Small Arms Ammunition Factory No 6, Welshpool, AUSTRALIA
    N Brimingham Metal and Munitions Co Ltd, Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    N Nobel’s Explosives Co Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
    N Indian Government Ammunition Factory, Dum Dum, Calcutta, INDIA
    NI Indian Government Ammunition Factory, Dum Dum, Calcutta, INDIA
    nny Privi Partizan, Titovo Uzice, YUGOSLAVIA
    NORMA Norma Projectilfabrik, Amotfors, SWEDEN
    OFN Government Ordinance Factory, Lagos, NIGERIA
    OK Indian Government Ordinance Factory, Khamaria, INDIA
    P Peters Cartridge Co., Kings Mills, Ohio, UNITED STATES
    PC Peters Cartridge Co., Kings Mills, Ohio, UNITED STATES
    PMP Pretoria Metal Pressings(Pty) Ltd. Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
    POF Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Rawalpindi, PAKISTAN
    PP Privi Partizan, Titovo Uzice, YUGOSLAVIA
    PS Pirotechnico Militar de Seville, SPAIN
    QA Quebec Arsenal, Quebec, CANADA
    R Dominion Cartridge Co.(Made for Eatons Dept Store), Quebec, CANADA
    RA Remington Arms Co., Inc., Bridgeport, Conn., UNITED STATES
    RA Raufoss Ammunisjonsfabrikker, Raufoss, NORWAY
    RC Raleigh Cycle Co, Nottingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    RG Royal Ordinance Factory, Radway Green, Cheshire, UNITED KINGDOM
    RH Raleigh Cycle Co, Nottingham, UNITED KINGDOM
    RL Royal Laboratory,, Woolwich Arsenal, Kent, UNITED KINGDOM
    RNRA Rhodesia National Rifle Association
    R-P Remington Arms Co, Bridgeport, Conn, UNITED STATES
    RR Ross Rifle Co, Montreal, CANADA
    RRCO Ross Rifle Co, Montreal, CANADA
    RTS Richard Threlfall and Sons, UNITED KINGDOM
    R..W Rudge Whitworth Ltd. Tyseley, UNITED KINGDOM
    S Indian Government Ammunition Factory Kirkee,Southern Circuit, INDIA
    S Pirotechnico Militar de Seville, SPAIN
    SAM South African Mint, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
    SAAF Small Arms Ammunition Factory, Footscray, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
    SBR Sellier & Belot, Riga, LATVIA
    SFM Societe Francaise des Munitions, Issy-les-Moulineaux, FRANCE
    SI Indian Government Ammunition Factory, Dum Dum, Calcutta, INDIA
    SMI Societa Metallurgica Italliana, Campo Tizzoro, ITALY
    SR Royal Ordinance Factory, Spennymoor, Durham, UNITED KINGDOM
    ST Royal Ordinance Factory Steaton, UNITED KINGDOM
    SWN Royal Ordinance Factory Swynnerton, UNITED KINGDOM
    TH Royal Ordinance Factory Thorpe Arch, Boston Spa, UNITED KINGDOM
    TM..B Pirotechnia de Bologna, ITALY
    T. BLAND & SONS T. Bland & Sons, London, UNITED KINGDOM
    TR Dominion Rubber and Munitions Trois Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA
    U South African Mint, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA
    U Remington UMC, Bridgeport Conn., UNITED STATES
    US United States Cartridge Co, Lowell Mass., UNITED STATES
    VE Cartoucherie de Valence, FRANCE
    VPT Valtion Patruunatehdas, Lapua, FINLAND
    W Winchester Repeating Arms Co. New Haven Conn. UNITED STATES
    WCC Western Cartridge Co., East Alton, Ill. UNITED STATES
    W-W Winchester Western Division of Olin Industires. Conn UNITED STATES
    WRA Winchester Repeating Arms Co. New Haven Conn. UNITED STATES
    ZV Zbrojovka Brno, Brno CZECHOSLOVAKIA

    Colour Coding of .303 Ammunition

    Bullet Type Colour of Tip Colour of annulus

    Armour Piercing Green Green
    Ball None Purple
    Incendiary Blue Blue
    Observing Black Black
    Proof None Yellow
    Tracer Short Range White Red
    Tracer Dark Ignition Grey Red
    Tracer Long Range Red Red

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    Extremely useful for pretty much anyone who has dug up or has .303 rounds Must have taken you quite a bit of time to type that lot up

    Thanks for the info

    Danny

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    Quote by GasMasksUK View Post
    Must have taken you quite a bit of time to type that lot up
    Danny, I typed it up a few years ago instead of thumbing through my precious book, those were the day's when I had time on my hands

    As long as it helps. Knowledge is power, as they say

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    A little more to add

    Letter codes other than Manufacture’s Codes on .303 Headstamp
    AA Pomeroy explosive Incendiary Mk 2 Bullet (circa 1917)
    B Incendiary Bullet
    C Cordite Propellant charge(pre 1912)
    D Drill Round
    E Smoke Bomb Projector
    F Semi Armour Piercing
    FG Semi Armour Piercing Tracer
    G Tracer bullet
    H Grenade Discharger
    J Illuminating
    K Brock explosive incendiary bullet (circa 1918)
    L Blank
    O Observation Bullet
    P Practice Round

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    John, what does the /|\ mean between letters? i.e. R /|\ L

    Cheers
    Dan

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    It's the broad arrow mate.............. War Department

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    Appreciated

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    Very useful thanks John.

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    Hi John,thanks for the list,I have a question for you.On the HS does not the letter C denote cordite? Because when I shake this round I can hear the powder inside,would this be a black powder round?
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    Zwerge i am not 100% but it maybe like strips of cordite if i remember right they look like lead from inside a pencil thats what i remember from taking one apart
    cheers Ronnie

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