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    odd cartridge found in bush

    Hi folks,

    I'd be grateful on any opinions on this...

    I've just got back from doing field work in the Kalahari, and picked up a very old cartridge lying in the bush.

    Looks very much like a standard .303 British - more or less same proportions (base diameter, shoulder angle etc). But it's about 5mm shorter, and the rim is a little wider. I've cleaned it off as best I can, but can't really make out anything on the base (possibly a faded '85').

    Any ideas what it is?

    I'll try to get a photo - though without a comparison, it would look very much like a .303

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    One of the smaller Nitro Express family? 1905 ish
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Thanks for that.

    Is there anywhere on line with a pictoral comparison of cartridges?

    I've also picked up one that is shorter (by about 5mm) and fatter at the neck (by about 0.5mm) than a .222, but looks too elongated to be a pistol round. It just has '55' and ^ on the base. Looks much newer.

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    Mungo, see if you can borrow a copy of cartridges of the world isbn -13:978-0-89689-297-2 It's a real handy book to have anyway!
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Without photos it's difficult to get an idea of the case shape. There are many and were many more rimmed or flanged cartridges. I wonder if it might be one of the French ones.

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    If you go on the Henry Krank web site, they have actual size diagrams of obselete cartridges (or used to) if I remember right.
    you may be able to identify them from there!
    sinbad
    I wish I was half the hunter my dog thinks I am

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    The thing that springs to my mind as looking a bit like a .303, but not being one, is the Russian 'three line' or 7.62x54R - although the shoulder-angle is not really similar to .303Brit.

    Having looked in a book, .30-30?
    Last edited by Dalua; 16-02-2013 at 20:50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinbad View Post
    If you go on the Henry Krank web site, they have actual size diagrams of obselete cartridges (or used to) if I remember right.
    you may be able to identify them from there!
    sinbad
    Never noticed it on the website, but it is in their catalogue.

    Neil.

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    you may well be right neil, Im going to have alook now though.
    paul/sinbad

    You are right Neil, just checked and they havent got them on the website.
    Sorry mungo, unless you have their catalogue mate.
    sinbad
    Last edited by sinbad; 16-02-2013 at 21:50. Reason: because im a numpty
    I wish I was half the hunter my dog thinks I am

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinbad View Post
    you may well be right neil, Im going to have alook now though.
    paul/sinbad

    You are right Neil, just checked and they havent got them on the website.
    Sorry mungo, unless you have their catalogue mate.
    sinbad
    I have the catalogue, there is plenty that resemble the basic .303 british.
    I actually sat there with the pics, which are full size and scale, with a .303 fired case in the other hand, nothing, sorry.

    Neil.

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