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Article about: Hi all A find made by a colleague on a beach. It looks like a very early blank but I've not seen one like this before. Headstamp is Royal Lab's Woolwich, Cordite, Mark II but can anyone conf

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    Hi all

    A find made by a colleague on a beach. It looks like a very early blank but I've not seen one like this before. Headstamp is Royal Lab's Woolwich, Cordite, Mark II but can anyone confirm the cartridge exact nature ?

    Tony E will get it in a split second, undoubtedly !

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    Cheers

    Steve T

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    It is a Cartridge SA Blank, .303 inch Cordite with Mock Bullet Mark VI, introduced in December 1901. The brass mock bullet was intended to facilitate loading from the magazine. Problems with the mock bullet becoming detached and lodging in the bore, or even exiting the muzzle and injuring men caused the mock bullet to be removed, first by the Navy in September 1906 and then by the army in February 1907. It then became Cartridge SA Blank .303 inch Cordite without Bullet Mark VI. Cases were both converted ball rounds (usually Cordite Mark II like yours) and new cases and identification was by a blackened case.

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    Regards
    TonyE
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    Thanks Tony

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    Hi,
    That was worth reading steve, thanks for putting it on, and tony thanks for the info.
    dave.

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    Yeah i thought that was interesting too.I learnt something today

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    I should also have posted this picture of the round as issued after the removal of the mock bullet.

    Cheers
    TonyE
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