I’m trying to get more information on the .303 Die Cast Drill cartridges made in Australia.
David Mayne’s excellent book has the drawing of the ‘Cartridge, S.A., Drill, .303 inch L.P. Mk 1.’ (LP = Local Pattern) and as is commonly known, this was made by Die Casters in Melbourne, Australia.
I know they were sent to Ammunition Factory, Footscray for checking and packing. I have been told the flutes were machined after casting, and presume this follows the British method, no doubt due to wanting a less complex die.
I cannot recall seeing one with a Die Casters monogram.
Also, not as well known is production with the headstamp KBC LP1, made by K. Bowes & Co. Ltd. I understand this company was in South Australia.
Any added info to the above would be welcomed.