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I found some Kynoch 303 British ammunition in strippers, in commercial boxes. They are yellow boxes marked as such and noted to be cordite loaded, 50rds per box (5per stripper and then 10), and marked as Mk7. The headstamp is K 52.
I realize back in the day, these things were cheap but now? I know it is corrosive and non reload able but what is a fair price now a days?
You'd have to check with a collector but I can't imagine what amounts to generic, though commercially produced .303 ball would command a big premium. My guess is the stuff at this point would sell for a bit more than other .303 ball plus $1.00 - $2.00 premium for each stripper clip. Just my guess. Kynoch made a kaboodle of this stuff.
I once had some of that stuff in the red box made in the 1930's. Unfortunately I had a bunch of hangfires and pulled the bullets for later use. I still use the clips :-)
SOG has the exact same ammo for sale right now for $22 and change a box of 50 on stripper clips.
I use that Kynoch ammo in my Savage No.4, a rifle that was keyholing SEVERELY (like, sideways...) with Yugo boat tail ammo. With the Kynoch ammo, I'm getting 1.5-2" groups. Apparently, rifles that spent their service lives with cordite prefer to keep it that way...something about the burning curve and throat erosion. And I keep a bottle of Windex handy for cleaning up....
"...keyholing SEVERELY..." Caused by undersized bullets or an over-sized barrel. Slug your bore.
"...rifles that spent their service lives with cordite..." Cordite was gone by the time your rifle was made. Wasn't used in military ammo after 1904. Not likely by Kynoch in 1952 either.
Kynoch commercial large calibre ammo is sold by Midway. They are loading .303 215 grain SP's though. The yellow box indicates commercial ammo. Doesn't really have much collector value.
"...keep a bottle of Windex handy..." Plain hot water will do. It's the water in Windex that matters. The ammonia does nothing.
"...and nonreloadable..." Maybe, maybe not. Mk VII ammo used both berdan and boxer primers.
Cordite was gone by the time your rifle was made. Wasn't used in military ammo after 1904. Not likely by Kynoch in 1952 either.
I don't know that cordite was gone after 1904. It is my understanding that ammunition loaded with powders besides cordite had a "z" suffix from WW I until at least the late 1930s. As I said above, I had a box of Keynoch commercial Mk VII ball ammunition from the late 30s, red box of 50 rounds on strippers. Got a lot of hangfires so I pulled the bullets and they were definately loaded with cordite.
I think cordite was still in use in WWII. I bought a few cases of .303 and they were cordite loaded. Pulled the bullets and trashed the rest. two other cases were vickers MG ammo on belts and loaded with ball powder from 1963.
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