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Old April 29, 2013, 08:25 AM   #14
Mike Irwin
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I know what the Ordnance Ministry called for.

I also know what British arsenals produced at the same time.

At some point in time the evidence is clear that some British manufacturers began using a rather stout neck crimp in place of the mid-neck staking.

Back to the South African ammo, though...

That is, by FAR, the heaviest and most extensive crimping I've ever seen on any .303 cartridge. It's almost excessive, and appears that the only way it could have been applied would be to have been rolled into the neck.

I can't see any possible advantage to using such a crimp unless it was to solve a bullet retention issue.
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