I have a query over the headstamp of a Mk II .303 British round…
it is i think a commercial loading on a surplus case as it has a soft point bullet (see photo’s below)
the round on the right h/s is R^L C II which i know is Woolwich Arsenal (Royal Laboratory) Cordite Mk II
the round on the left h/s is E C * II which presumably is Eley Cordite Mk II, but what does the * (star) stand for?
could this be an overstamp to indicate a commercial reload (in the same way the broad arrow overstamp is found on rounds from commercial contract which had been accepted into military service)?
it may appear in the photo’s above that the round i’m questioning has an odd looking primer and appears quite glossy…
this unfortunately was due to a previous “collector” who not only polished and lacquered the case, but also (presumably to render it inert) drilled the primer!!!
thankfully i don’t know the individual…!
many thanks in advance for any assistance given.