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I always fancied a .50 cal

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Found this live .50 cal round about 12 inches underground today. WW2.

My wife said “Don’t bring it in the house” and “Dont mess about with it either” the tone of her voice was far more fearsome than the risk of losing finger tips by stuffing it in a steel pipe and giving it a whack so no fun was had but a pretty cool find anyway. IMG_3786.jpg

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The Black tip denotes Armor piercing,it might have another red band(tracer) or yellow band (incendiary) or both painted underneath the black tip.

 

Clean off the base of the Cartridge on some denim or use a scrubbing brush,post a picture and I will tell you where and when it was made.

 

In the meantime,pull the projectile out by clamping it firmly in the soft jaws of a vice and wriggling the case to and fro.Pour the powder onto the lawn and kill the primer with a squirt of WD-40 inside the case.

 

 

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8 hours ago, Haironyourchest said:

 

The enjoyment this guy experience is contagious!

I can see he is very excited but to be honest that does nothing for me .  9 yards is less than air rifle stuff . Its the 2 mile sniper shot that fascinates me . The sighting shot , the corrections for wind , drop, and rotation of the earth etc etc ...

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The Black tip denotes Armor piercing,it might have another red band(tracer) or yellow band (incendiary) or both painted underneath the black tip.
 
Clean off the base of the Cartridge on some denim or use a scrubbing brush,post a picture and I will tell you where and when it was made.
 
In the meantime,pull the projectile out by clamping it firmly in the soft jaws of a vice and wriggling the case to and fro.Pour the powder onto the lawn and kill the primer with a squirt of WD-40 inside the case.
 
 

I cleaned it yesterday , 1942 made by Remington.

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I can see he is very excited but to be honest that does nothing for me .  9 yards is less than air rifle stuff . Its the 2 mile sniper shot that fascinates me . The sighting shot , the corrections for wind , drop, and rotation of the earth etc etc ...

Hey stubby you live not too far from me. If I let this thing rip it might make it to your house
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3 minutes ago, lux said:


Hey stubby you live not too far from me. If I let this thing rip it might make it to your house emoji23.png

Don't forget to factor in the Coriolis effect 😁

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Good mile range on average, will ruffle the crew in an armoured car, ammo was 659 quid a box, problys best buy British army made, quite old design too. Bit like the Bofors 40mm,  everyone had one. K

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Oddly way before Barrett made that amazing 50cal sniper rifle, we had similar in 1940.

 

Not massively different really-think we missed a trick there, as a good sniper will stop a tank ( driver headshot,  sights or commander or comms, ) easily. K

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Don't know anything about rounds, but used to back jet loads of them out of the drains on what was RAF Alconbury.

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