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    .303 chargers

    Can anyone tell me a website or any where I can find out the stamps on .303 chargers please, I have lots but a few are - 2 mk4's 1 with TF&S & the other with P

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    Quote Originally Posted by peashooter View Post
    Can anyone tell me a website or any where I can find out the stamps on .303 chargers please, I have lots but a few are - 2 mk4's 1 with TF&S & the other with P

    thanks
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    TF&S = Thomas French & Sons.
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    Chargers

    "P" is C.H.Pugh Ltd of Birmingham.

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    I have many more where is the best place or which book am I looking for for this information

    Richard.

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    Chargers

    AFAIK there is no book or website that has a comprehensive list of the charger manufacturers.

    Most of the knowledge is picked up by individual collectors over the years from other collectors and passed on again.

    Perhaps one day someone will put it all down on paper or in cyberspace. For example, there is a very good site for 7.62mm NATO chargers.
    http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~kevin_a/

    Post the ones you want identified. between us we can probably ID many of them.

    Common makers in addition to the two above were:
    British Pens
    John Mitchell
    William Mitchell (Pens) Ltd
    Myers & Sons Ltd
    Bullpit & Sons Ltd

    Plus of course the ammuntion manufacturers amde them as well, Kynoch, Birmingham Metals 7 Munitions, Kings Norton etc., etc.

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    I HAVE FOUND A SITE WHICH LISTS OF MAKERS STAMPS. HOPE THIS IS OF USE.
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    • cartridgecollectors.org/headstampcodes.htm
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    Chargers

    eodpuds - The International Ammunition Association (IAA) site you show is very good for cartridge headstamps, but does not list the makers marks on chargers, which was what Peashooter wanted.

    As I said previously, AFAIK there is no site that lists these for .303 chargers.

    BTW, ALL of you interested in SAA should join the IAA!

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    Happy New Year to all,
    I've gone through my charger clips and have come up with:
    Mk II JM John Mitchell
    " " K Kynoch
    " " * ?
    " " B&S Bullpit & Sons
    Mk III * ?
    Mk 4 BO ?
    Mk IV MO ?
    Mk IV BP British Pens
    Is there any chance of other members listing there known manufactures and BOCN being the first to have a complete list of .303 charger and their codes?
    Garth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by militariasniper View Post
    Happy New Year to all,
    I've gone through my charger clips and have come up with:
    Mk II JM John Mitchell
    " " K Kynoch
    " " * ?
    " " B&S Bullpit & Sons
    Mk III * ?
    Mk 4 BO ?
    Mk IV MO ?
    Mk IV BP British Pens
    Is there any chance of other members listing there known manufactures and BOCN being the first to have a complete list of .303 charger and their codes?
    Garth.

    If everyone keeps adding them to these I can update my list I am putting together I am trying to build a website for .303 a bit like the 7.62 x54R.net but for all the .303 info I can put together including chargers. If anyone has any files of notes they want to send me to add to the website just give me a pm. I could do with all the photo's I can get please 303 rounds and chargers anything odd.

    cheers
    Rich.

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    303 Chargers

    The 303 Chargers Mark II and III with the seven pointed star or asterisk are made in Lithgow NSW. BO is Bendigo Ordnance (Vic.) and MO is Maribynong Ordnance (Footscray Vic.) made the Mark 4 and Mark IV. Often the MO impression on the charger comes up as MC.
    The early Mark II chargers have a small "nib" on both sides at RH end, this was done away with on the later Mark II and all other Marks. The "nib" was to facilitate the location of the charger on the SMLE MkI which had a sliding guide on the bolthead. As the SMLE MkIII came into vogue with a fixed charger bridge the "nib" was no longer required.

 

 
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