A box of 30 Inch Drill Mk II. The cases are all ex US dated from 1928-42 mostly FA with DEN,RA,SL and LC (1942 dated), red wooden bullet, 4 holes and fired primer left in. The label shows a spurious maker, HP with a date 34 - I believe it should be Parker Hale (PH) and the date 43.
Last edited by SpudGun; 15th June 2009 at 09:43 AM. Reason: because I didn't read the post properl
A very nice box. Although the rounds are very common, I have never seen a box label before.
I suspect you are correct about the maker and that it is a simple error when setting the date stamp, rather than a deliberately spurious maker.
On checking my notes on this cartridge, I find that I had recorded that I seen other boxes with the maker's stamp of PH17 3 43, this would confirm what TonyE posted.
According to Chris Punnet's 30-06 there are also pink paper bundles string-tied printed as:
.3 INCH (American)
(WITH WOODEN BULLETS)
Here is the range of British .300 (30-06) drill rounds.
L. to R.
D.1942 Canadian Pattern
The far right is an Inspectors round from the 1960s that seems never to have been officially approved.
The D.III was only issued in India.