.303 British case colour marking query


#1

morning all,

i have another .303 British query…

I have two rounds (pictured below) manufactured by Dominion Arsenal, Quebec, Canada in 1934 and 1939 respectively, both of which have coloured bands around the cartridge body.

I have been led to believe the round with the four purple bands is a “match” round manufactured for shooting competitions.

Is this correct?

I can find no reference however, to the round with the two blue bands.

Is this another “match” round?

many thanks.


#2

Both are Canadian Match rounds. There are different combinations of bands for different years.

I am sure Mr.Smith or one of our other esteemed Canadian colleagues can provide more details.

Regards
TonyE


#3

The following list was put together by a bunch of collectors including Bob Wonch, John Belton and Ted Molyneux quite a few years ago. Additions would be welcome and I’ll publish the result in the IAA Journal. Chris P.

DCRA Banded Match Checklist

1921 Match, Color: Rosaniline, Bands:1, width:3/4-inch,
1922 Match, Color: Malachite Green, bands:1, Width:3/4-inch, dates known: 1922
1923 Match, Color: Gentian Violet, Bands:1, Width:3/4-inch, dates known: 1922
1924 Match, Color: Victoria Blue, Bands:1, Width:3/4-inch,
1925 Match, Color: Rosaniline, Bands:6, Width:1/16-inch, dates known:1924
1926 Match, Color: Malachite Green, Bands:6, Width:1/16-inch, dates known:1925, 1926
1927 Match, Color: Gentian Violet, Bands:6, Width:1/16-inch, dates known:1924,1926,1927
1928 Match, Color: Victoria Blue, Bands: 6, Width:1/16-inch, dates known:1927
1929 Match, Color: Rosaniline, Bands:3, Width:1/16-inch, dates known:1928
1930 Match, Color: Malachite Green, Bands:3, Width:1/16-inch dates, known:1929
1931 Match, Color: Gentian Violet, Bands:3, Width:1/16-inch, dates known:1930
1932 Match, Color: Victoria Blue, Bands:3, Width:1/16-inch, dates known:1931
1933 Match, Color: Rosaniline, Bands: 4, Width:1/8-inch, dates known:1932
1934 Match, Color: Malachite Green, Bands:4, Width:1/8-inch, dates known:1933,1934
1935 Match, Color: Gentian Violet, Bands: 4, Width:1/8-inch, dates known:1934
1936 Match, Color: Victoria Blue, Bands:4, Width:1/8-inch, dates known:35
1937 Match, Color: Rosaniline, Bands:2, Width:5mm, dates known:36
1938 Match, Color: Malachite Green, Bands:2, Width:5mm, dates known:37
1939 Match, Color: Gentian Violet, Bands:2, Width:5mm, dates known:36,38
1940 Match, Color: Victoria Blue, Bands:2, Width:5mm, dates known:39
1944 Match, Color: Green, Bands:1, Width:11mm, dates known: 44
1945 Match, Color: Purple, Bands:1, Width:14mm, dates known:44

The date of the DCRA match does not always agree with the headstamp dates. The color names were the official color names.

[Sorry about the poor formatting - it looked better on the original excel spreadsheet.]


#4

Thanks Chris. I had a copy of that at some time but I could not find it to answer Magpie’s question.

Sorry I did not get to Switzerland for a chat and a beer!

Regards
TonyE


#5

Many thanks for the replies guys!

unfortunately Chris P’s list has now increased my “wants list” somewhat…