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    VERY RARE MK III .303 EXPERIMENTAL (NITRO RATHER THAN CORDITE) CARTRIDGE CASE FOR LEE

    For those of you feeling a little flush this festive season.

    VERY RARE MK III .303 EXPERIMENTAL (NITRO RATHER THAN CORDITE) CARTRIDGE CASE FOR LEE-METFORD RIFLE
    Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex £999.99

    VERY RARE MK III .303 EXPERIMENTAL (NITRO RATHER THAN CORDITE) CARTRIDGE CASE FOR LEE-METFORD RIFLE | in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex | Gumtree

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    So if anyone wants that case send him to me first as I have the live round... Pretty ridiculous for a half decayed case.
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    Troubling thing is somebody will buy it, fools and their money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBadDog View Post
    somebody will buy it
    You bet...
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    I have a small collection of early 303 cartridges, but really not interested in the one posted above (even if it was complete!)

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    Seeing how the Z designator for nitro cellulose loaded ammo was introduced long after the Mk III ball was obsolete this is a "highly speculative" interpretation of this hs.

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    WW2 tracer

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    Suspect the seller wouldn't want to know anyway, but the headstamp to me looks more like it may be K39 VIIIZ or K39 BIIIZ. Either way, not a (broken) 303 case worth a grand.

    .....................................Or is it just K39 VII Z?
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    Is it broken at the shoulder? Or is it a .410 case?

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    Difficult to say........could be either, but I think it is much more likely to be a standard case broken off at the neck. I've spent most of my life visiting firing ranges & battlefields picking this stuff up, & when the brass deteriorates & the round breaks into two, it is almost invariably at the neck/shoulder, with the bullet & the detached neck separating from the rest of the case. And with fired rounds the case is thin, fragile & exposed here, so again, the necks tend to break away.

    I also just had a quick look at what types of 303 based cartridges Kynoch produced, & I could not see the shot cartridges listed for the original Witton Birmingham plant, only K2, which was the plant set up near Wigan.

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