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    6"/50 BL Mk.23 Naval Gun & Projectile

    Does anyone have any information on this Navy gun and the projectile it fired?

    Other being the main gun on the HMS Ajax and on the HMS Belfast and having a 112lb. projectile I know very little about it.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Pretty good collection of information here:

    http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNBR_6-50_mk23.htm
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    Thanks Hazord.
    With any luck I may be getting one of these little projectiles.
    Last edited by staples57; 27th November 2012 at 10:30 PM.
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    When you get tired of it, put it in a box and send it South to me.
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    After getting a photo of the projectile I'm thinking its a 6" Howitzer HE and not the 6" BL/50 Naval that the seller thinks it is.

    Here's a photo... What do you think?
    Other than approx 28" tall, I have no other measurements at this time.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1354106768.605942.jpg
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    I'm thinking 155mm Howitzer. The rotating band is characteristic 155. And it doesn't look the shape of naval projectiles.
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    Thanks Hazord!

    It's going to look great when its cleaned up and repainted in its WW2 paint scheme.

    Is this what it should look like all painted?

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1354127623.790654.jpg

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    Actually, the one you show in the rendering is UK manufacture. The photo you show of the one for sale looks like U.S. manufacture. UK material have very characteristic rotating bands. The band on the one in the photo looks U.S.

    You might ask your source to look about an inch above the rotating band for stamping in the body of the projectile like 155mm M107 and a date, or something similar. You might also ask for a photo of the base to show if it has the welded plate on the bottom that the U.S. uses.
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    US... interesting.

    His eyesight isn't that good. I doubt that he would be able to see any markings.

    I thought that the fuze was a British No. 222 or No.231? That's what led me to believe that it was British or Canadian.
    ...I'm told the fuze does screw in all the way, it just needs a bit of oil and elbow grease

    We're the fuzes interchangeable on US and British Howitzer shells?

    Here's the only photo of the base I have at this time...

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1354190047.985772.jpg

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    Last edited by staples57; 29th November 2012 at 02:31 PM.
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    The raised up area on the base, the circle that showsabout 1/2 inch from the outer edge, looks like the plate that the U.S. welds on their projectiles. It's looking more like U.S. manufacture. Most likely an M107 HE.

    I know that some UK fuze wells are threaded the same as the U.S. ones.
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