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Strange 303 Head Any ideas

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    Guys
    I am one of those sad subjects that collects ammunition, in particular 303's. I have numerous books and reference material but this came with a lot that I bought a couple of weeks ago.

    Strange markings on the base (Australian?) and the head has 4 symmetrical splits down the sides with a flat top?



    Flat top usually, but not always suggests an early round, with the absence of a proper code or a date code I'm a little stuck, so any ideas however bizarre would be appreciated Thanks
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    Cheers
    John


    When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
    An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
    An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling

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    a dum dum bullet maybe.?

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    I think that maybe a commercially produced hunting round, Harry is right when he says a dum dum type round, it's designed to expand on impact when hunting big game!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Cheers bud, I thought of that but it's not in any of my books, and with no date on the bottom? It's got me stumped, originally I thought it may have been an early grenade launcher round where the head expands once fired, but I've dismissed that....🤔
    Cheers
    John


    When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
    An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
    An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling

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    Hi John,well you wanted possible explanations,the Japanese navy used a model 92 MG which used 7.7x56r mm ammo,which was interchangeable with .303 British ammo,it was loaded at Yokosuka navy arsenal and the headstamp would have included the backwards letter E. They had high explosive loadings which had a flat pointed bullet,so MAYBE that is what you have.....Pete.
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    Pete..Many thanks, you really do learn something new everyday! I couldn't find it ANYWHERE, thanks so much again, a wealth of knowledge
    Cheers
    John


    When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
    An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
    An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling

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    What you have is a Commercially produced hunting round, the bullet was produced as you have it there and the Headstamp is actually E B for Eley Brothers. I have a catalouge somewhere with all the different hunting bullets available at the time, I will dig it out and scan it for you. I specialise in collecting .303 rounds mainly military but I have a lot of early hunting rounds as well.

    Rich

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