2nd Battalion the Border Regiment

AMMUNITION

From "Rifle Exercises Simplified" (Sydney: 1915)


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CARTRIDGE, S. A. BALL .303 INCH (MARK IV)

Charge -- About 31 grains of cordite, in 60 small strands.

Bullet -- compound, consisting of a core containing 98 per cent. lead and 2 per cent. antimony, in an envelope of 80 per cent. copper and 20 per cent. nickel.

A shallow cannelure is formed near the base, into which the case is secured by three indents. The diameter of the bullet at base is .311 in. Its length is 1-1/4 in.

The portion of the bullet which enters the case is coated with beeswax.

Case -- Of brass, solid drawn, 70 per cent. copper and 30 per cent. zinc.

Wad -- A glazed cardboard disc is placed on top of the charge.

Weight -- Of bullet, 215 grains

Of cartridge, 415 grains
Of one packet of 10 rounds, 10 ozs.
Of one cardboard box containing 20 rounds in chargers, 22 ozs.
Of one box of 1,000 rounds in chargers, 80 lbs. 10 ozs.


CARTRIDGE, S. A. BALL .303 INCH (MARK VII)

Charge -- About 38 grains of tubular M.D. cordite, in about 40 small tubes.

Bullet -- compound, consisting of a core in two parts -- the front portion being an alloy of aluminum 90 per cent., Zinc 10 per cent., or pure aluminum, and the rear portion being an alloy of 98 per cent., lead, 2 per cent. antimony, in an envelope of 80- per cent. Copper and 20 per cent. nickel.

A shallow cannelure is formed near the base, into which the case is secured by three indents. The diameter of the bullet at base is .311 in. Its length is 1.28 in.

The portion of the bullet which enters the case is coated with beeswax.

Case -- Of brass, solid drawn, 70 per cent. Copper and 30 per cent. Zinc

Wad -- A glazed cardboard disc is placed on top of the charge.

Weight -- Of bullet,174 grains

Of cartridge, 382 grains
Of one packet of 10 rounds, 9 ozs.
Of one bandolier, cotton, containing 50 rounds, 10 rounds in chargers, in each packet 3 lbs. 2-1/4 ozs..
Of one box of 1,000 rounds in chargers, 73 to 74 lbs.


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