Back in October 1972, Ammunition Factory, Footscray were kind enough to send me their only specimen of an MF Mk VIIZ cartridge, which also happened to be a Standards round. Headstamp was MF VIIZ 5-45 S according to my records.
Under the impression Footscray didn’t load .303s with nitrocellulose I queried this one.
Attached is their reply with one typo viz they meant S indicated a standards round, not a Z.
While it is unlikely I will get any knowledge of quantity produced, I find it hard to believe they would have made a bunter for just a handful. Perhaps 1,000 or so.??? The question is now, what they did load, were they filled with cordite or nitrocellulose. The letter seems to indicate I found out it was cordite, but I honestly don’t remember. It is possible it was an error in making the bunter which was discovered early in production.
I would very much like to obtain one, or even a photo of this headstamp since mine is not legible.
Footscray Letter Re ,303 7Z.pdf (178.4 KB)
Edit to correct date error