Not terribly important, I’m just tidying up some old notes.
Back in 1970 I was given a .303 headstamped MW 44 VII, which had a purple tip. Pulling a bullet showed no difference to a normal Mk VII Ball round. It with a number of others all with the same headstamp, and some tips coloured blue or yellow were found in a Browning MG linked belt.
Comment from Footscray was that they have NEVER loaded Browning belts in the ammunition factories and the tips must have been coloured externally.
Can anyone confirm or dispute the comment that the factories did not load links? I’m of the opinion the user service would load the belts with whatever assortment of loads were required at the time.