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    .5 Vickers Class D

    Hi all,

    can me anyone explain the difference between a .5 Vickers bullet with tombak-jacket/purple tip from 1937 and a nickled magnetic bullet from 1927?
    I know the puple tip is the normal ball with steel core, this bullet is in the lower part magnetic and in the upper part non-magnetic. The nickled bullet is all over strong magnetic.

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    Re:.5 Vickers Class D

    Purple tip

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    Re:.5 Vickers Class D

    The purple tipped mild steel cored round will have a lead tip filler so only the lower part of the projectile with the steel core will be magnetic. Assuming the other round has a ball headstamp it would appear to have a cupro-nickel clad steel envelope, which gives it a strong magnetic attraction all over.

    1927 is very early for a Class D, the earliest of the eight I have is 1928, and none of them have a CN or CNCS envelope. I do have a 1935 incendiary with a GMCS envelope but all others are GM.

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    Re:.5 Vickers Class D

    Thanks Tony for this information.
    Here is the 1927 headstamp.

 

 

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