Army Shell case markings for identification

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Army Shell case markings for identification

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In a different area to the possible projectile part of a bullet, I found this shell case.
The markings are quite clear, but I have tried a few web sites for reference guides as to what it is, what year etc - but having no luck.
Any experts out there how know?
Thank you again,
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.303 MkVI Ball (standard bullet). Made by Royal Laboratories, Woolwich and will date to between 1904-07. The ‘C’ mark says that it would have contained Cordite, this ‘C’ mark was dropped in April 1907.

The MkVI is at the top of this list. ::g
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Thanks Simon.

Much appreciated.

The others I find often are too toasted to read the markings.

Great to know.

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No problem, looks like you might have a Victorian/Edwardian range there. ::g

A little tip to gauge a rough age of the toasty .303’s is by looking at the bottom edge of the rim. If you look closely on your MkVI cartridge, there’s a slight curved chamfer on the bottom edge of the rim. This was supposed to prevent jamming if the rims of the cartridges lock together when loading the rifle, the curved chamfer would help to prevent the ‘rim lock’.
This chamfering of the base was stopped in 1916, after that, the bottom edges were squarer. ::g

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Thanks again,
Useful info - I find quite a few cases.
Appreciated.
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