+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: So what am I looking at...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Contributing Member 82Trooper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 06:39 PM
    Location
    Monroeville, Pennsylvania USA
    Posts
    148
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    04:01 AM
    Real Name
    Mike Rakow

    So what am I looking at...

    This is a follow up post to a prior from New Years weekend. I had the chance to shoot my "new to me" Mk II Martini Henry. I fired 9 rounds of vintage Kynoch rounds, and one of those was a dud. Little pop, but no kick.
    So out of curiosity, I removed the bullet. The interior of the case was packed solid. I dig around with an awl, and this is what I removed. Is this normal? Does not look like any powder I have ever seen.


    So what are we looking at?

    "Audacia....By daring deed"

  2. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    Location
    Milsurps.Com
    Posts
    All Threads
    Banner AD Space Available - Click HERE to Inquire We specialise in military utensils and artefacts such as helmets, daggers, medals and badges, etc.  The on-line store is intended for personal browsing and searching of collecting objects. All items are provided historical value only and can be used for home collection or other purposes except of fascism, Nazism or other extremism manifestation or its propaganda. LIMITED TIME OFFER FROM THE AMERICAN GUNSMITHING INSTITUTE: Get Immediate Online Access To AGI's NEW Armorer's Course for Glock Pistols, Covering Every Generation of Glocks, Including the Latest Model 42/43 and Double Stack Pistols for ONLY $7.00! Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles We pride ourselves on being the new lowest price listing service, and the simplest to use. If you need to buy or sell collectible firearms or any firearm in your legal possession, then this is the place for you. If you’re a big collector clearing house, or other seller that could benefit from a Premium seller account, then we can also support you here at Gunonline.com. Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.
     

  3. #2
    Really Senior Member mr.e moose's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 01:35 PM
    Location
    alberta canada
    Posts
    276
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    02:01 AM
    Strands of cordite.

  4. Avoid Ads - Become a Contributing Member - Click HERE
  5. #3
    Advisory Panel browningautorifle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 11:38 PM
    Location
    Victoria BC
    Posts
    22,239
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    01:01 AM
    Yes...cordite stick. Looks like a punk primer, you could reprime with a good LR primer and carefully stuff it's guts back in, it'll work fine.
    Regards, Jim

  6. #4
    Really Senior Member Daan Kemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Last On
    09-20-2019 @ 08:47 AM
    Location
    Centurion RSA
    Posts
    398
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    10:01 AM
    Real Name
    Daan Kemp
    Cordite strands was the propellant for many Britishicon cartridges, mainly military. Many South African made 303 cartridges in the early seventies were still cordite loaded. With age [30+ years] the strands evidently become brittle and broke in the case, causing tracer to curve in any direction except straight ahead.

  7. #5
    Advisory Panel browningautorifle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 11:38 PM
    Location
    Victoria BC
    Posts
    22,239
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    01:01 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Daan Kemp View Post
    With age [30+ years] the strands evidently become brittle and broke in the case, causing tracer to curve in any direction except straight ahead.
    And you believe the propellant was the cause of a bullet going off like that?
    Regards, Jim

  8. #6
    Really Senior Member Daan Kemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Last On
    09-20-2019 @ 08:47 AM
    Location
    Centurion RSA
    Posts
    398
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    10:01 AM
    Real Name
    Daan Kemp
    Well, the newest ammo dated 1944. The shooting year was 1972 with the last 303 Brens in the SA Army. Shooting at 300m ball hit anywhere from about 100m to the backstop. Tracer curved up, to the sides or just dropped to meet the closest earth. Not just the one I was shooting, all ten Brens did the same. All the ammo worked the first time.

    Might be the tracer was just burning unevenly, I would too if I had been confined in a cartridge case for 30 years.

  9. #7
    Really Senior Member Bruce McAskill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 12:29 PM
    Posts
    1,689
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    04:01 AM
    Typical of a bad/weak primer trying to ignite a cordite load.

  10. #8
    Contributing Member 82Trooper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 06:39 PM
    Location
    Monroeville, Pennsylvania USA
    Posts
    148
    Local Date
    09-22-2019
    Local Time
    04:01 AM
    Real Name
    Mike Rakow
    Thread Starter
    Thank you all for the information....once again, expanding my knowledge.
    "Audacia....By daring deed"

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts