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    3 inch U.S projectile 1944

    I picked this up today, I see lots of casing but never projectiles so I bought it.
    No fuze or tracer unit but nice paint except on the aluminium nose where
    it didn't hold. I paid $100 cdn = $74 U.S . I hope that wasn't too much.
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    Nice find. You can sell it with great ease in the US for $300. You find lots of casings? You should buy every one you find.
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    Good find Gordon!
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    The casings are around up here usually for around 75-100. But nobody really wants them and they are too long
    for easy shipping. Well if I can get that much for it, which would be very helpfull then perhaps I should list it on gunbroker.

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    Nice find, Gordon. Steve is right about the $300.00 down here and the casings go for around $150.00 to $200.00 as well.
    ALL ORDNANCE SHOWN BY ME HAS BEEN INERTED AND HAS NO LIVE FILLERS.

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    Does it look like the entire projectile was green at one point. Ie is that green paint i can see in the piercing cap indentations?
    Or was it actually painted with a thick green band at the bottom, and bare above it ?

    Do the markings suggest Canadian manufacture?


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    There is green in the indents, so likely the whole was green at one time.
    markings stamped in the band are;
    ODGM - 2 - 31 - - 1944 - 3 INCH M 62 A1 Army Ordnance mark
    Now does the Ordnance mark mean this is not a Navel projectile as I had thought and
    is it for the 3" 50 cal case or something else ?

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    Gordon, it is the Army 3 inch projectile. It has the Army rotating band, and it is taller. The Navy projectile is shorter, and has a band like a 75mm Sherman projectile.

    Your projectile would be used in the 76mm Gun on the Super Sherman, or the 3 inch Gun on the M10 Tank Destroyer. It could have also been fired by the newer 3 inch AAA mobile guns.
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    That makes sense of course seeing the Army Ord mark on it. I have read that the base fuzes often went off on contact instead of a slight delay
    which meant that the hit failed. On this account the fuzes and small charge were removed and these were used as a solid shot with better results.
    So the inert marking would indicate this and is a proper wartime marking also. Am I correct ?

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    There were non-fuzed projectiles for projectiles 57mm - 90mm. Instead of a fuze, they would have just a tracer element, or a flat plate screwed into the base.

    I had not heard the story about the contact detonations. The Navy used the same Army fuze in their projectiles.

    There is a copy of TM 9-1901 Artillery Ammunition here on BOCN. You can find those rounds described and pictured there.
    Last edited by HAZORD; 8th December 2019 at 09:30 PM.
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