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What WW1 shell was this & has it been fired from a smoothbore cannon / exploded OR

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    I hope I get some replies to this conundrum......

    What WW1 shell was this & has it been fired from a smoothbore cannon / exploded OR unfired & just broken ?
    PS It has been painted for display by previous owner / too rusty and pitted on the base to see any stampings. Found in France.

    Approx diameter 9cm at the base and copper is approx 9.5cm diameter

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    It would not of been fired from a smoothbore cannon.

    The whole point of the copper driving band is to spin stabilise the projectile through a rifled cannon.

    What happened to this projectile, most certainly unfired and just damaged by another source.

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    Possibly the remains of an Allied shell - similar German WW1 shells tended to have much narrower driving bands.

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    It is a WW1 period QF fixed projectile, (looks about 6, Pdr or even 3 Pdr Cow Gun!). The diameter is required for a positive identification. It was Gunpowder filled, with a nose fuze, the 'burst' of the shell is indicative of that but as it is not fired I suspect that fire or some external influence may have caused it.

    Jb4046 - Are you trying to learn about ammunition?

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    It is a WW1 period QF fixed projectile, (looks about 6, Pdr or even 3 Pdr Cow Gun!). The diameter is required for a positive identification. It was Gunpowder filled, with a nose fuze, the 'burst' of the shell is indicative of that but as it is not fired I suspect that fire or some external influence may have caused it.

    Jb4046 - Are you trying to learn about ammunition?

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