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    Posted 9 years ago

    ignoramus
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    I just bought this brass shell casing and projectile (no powder). The outside diameter of the tube is 2 inches at the base and narrows down to 40 millimeters (about 1 5/8"). The casing is 11 11/16" long and 16 1/4" overall with the projectile. the projectile is an aluminium alloy and has a very sharp tip.
    Can anyone identify it from the marks?

    Thanks

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    Comments

    1. fossilhunter fossilhunter, 9 years ago
      I'd say Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft. The size jives, but that projectile is odd looking. Possibly it was machined later to give it a finished look for display. It's almost impossible, sometimes, to identify these by just the markings on the bottom of the canister. At least thats what I have found in researching mine.
    2. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 9 years ago
      Try this and see if it helps you.
      http://cartridgecollectors.org/?page=introduction-to-artillery-shells-and-shell-casings

      I agree With fossilhunter on the projectile.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      I made a lamp out of 1 & am typing under it now. My projectile I made from wood & the lamp stem comes up thru it. Wood base & I like it.
      In the 50's or early 60's, I had a 57 m/m(?) dummy round with hollow projectile for training gun crews

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