I bought quite a lot of Japanese .303 at Bisley last weekend and I have been able to catalouge it all apart from the round in the attached photo. It is headstamped ᅥ 2-I 7.7 I belive I am correct in saying was manufactured by Toyokawa, Japan in the 1st quater of 1942 and the annulus colour “Violet/Purple” denotes an explosive round but the bullet is not a NC flat tipped bullet, It has a GM non magnetic bullet and it has neck crimps which an explosive bullet is not suppossed to have. I do not have a lot of info on Japanese .303 I do use Munizioni website that has some fantastic info on Japanese rounds.
Also can anyone clarify if all 7.7x56R rounds are type 89 or are they type 92, I was speaking to Ken Elks about it last weekend but I am struggling to get my head round it.
many thanks as always for any help