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    303 MkIII

    Hi I came across this today and was very surprised to find what the head stamp read, R^L 17 III it was all dirty when I got it and thought it was an ordinary case but the strange thing is there’s no flash holes, the story behind it is it came off the factory line where my Great grandfather worked at Woolwich whether it is true or not I don’t now but he did all the same work there, could this be a MkIII?
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    Sorry to Disappoint Andy, but that is a case for an Inspectors Mark III. which is why it has no fire holes. It should be silvered also. Picture of mine attached.

    Introduced in October 1911 at the same time as the Inspectors Mark IV. The III has the round nosed 215 grain bullet and the IV has the 174 grain spitzer. Both were officially replaced by the Mark V in June 1918.

    The infamous Ball Mark III was only produced in one lot in 1897 which is why it is so rare. There are a number of "Mark III" rounds which can be confused with it, the Inspectors you have, the Cordite Blank Mark III and the Short Range Ball Mark III. The genuine Ball Mark III is headstamped "R^L C III".

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    Thank you Tony i did have a feeling it might be but always hopefull, i have a spare round nose bullet so will finish it off would it be worth getting it silvered?
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    No, I would not bother, partly because it is very difficult to get the correct colour and also because the silvering rapidly wore off in service. I have another one that has no silver left on it except inside the cap chamber.

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    Thanks again Tony, i will fit a bullet in it and leave it be.
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    Good idea!

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    Some of the original Mk.III Ball rounds, when withdrawn, were broken up and the cases used for Mk.V blanks. I have seen at least 2 of these over the years, so I am sure there must be more of them out there somewhere!

    Roger.

 

 

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