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    3 inch 50 cal star shell cutaway

    Thought I'd show this,never seen a star projectile for this caliber before,and I love cutaways.
    Bought projectile from a member on this forum.I found and cut the case for it.
    Fuze and projectile dated 1943,case dated 1944.
    Nice to see parachute intact.
    Tim.
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    Nice cutaway. Your case looks like a 3 inch Army case though. The Army did use Navy Illuminating projectiles, but only in the 76mm gun M26/M26B1 straight case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAZORD View Post
    Nice cutaway. Your case looks like a 3 inch Army case though. The Army did use Navy Illuminating projectiles, but only in the 76mm gun M26/M26B1 straight case.
    Uh no,have I cut a good case for nothing?

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    Nice job. Is there pictures of the casing base? Cheers, Bruce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacarnal View Post
    Nice job. Is there pictures of the casing base? Cheers, Bruce.
    Here's the headstamp
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    Sorry to say, but the answer is yes, you have cut a good case for nothing. Your case is U.S. Army Antiaircraft or M10 Dank destroyer. Your bullet is of course Navy. 3 inch 50 cal Navy cases are larger diameter and more rounded at the shoulder.

    Since the case is dated 43, it is most likely Antiaircraft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAZORD View Post
    Sorry to say, but the answer is yes, you have cut a good case for nothing. Your case is U.S. Army Antiaircraft or M10 Dank destroyer. Your bullet is of course Navy. 3 inch 50 cal Navy cases are larger diameter and more rounded at the shoulder.

    Since the case is dated 43, it is most likely Antiaircraft.
    Thanks Hazord.
    Oh well,
    I feel a bit stupid as I should have noticed no naval markings on case,and not stamped 3 inch 50cal.
    Pictured here next to a 3 inch 50cal drill round,I now notice the difference in case shoulder,and yes the diameter of the drill is
    slightly more.To the naked eye they do look very similar though and I had not picked up on that.
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