Big angry steel slug


#1

This nasty-looking beast was found in a 60+ piece collection of antique and vintage shotshells. It’s solid steel and appears to be lathe-turned, at least in part. It’s big, just a hair under 20 mm diameter and 42 mm long, and weighs 69.1 grams.

What kind of beastie is this? Large detail photos at the link below.

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#2

This is the core/base section of a 20x102 API projectile. The driving band and the ballistic cap are missing. The cap was large in order to retain the quite huge incendiary composition.


#3

As I am thinking about it it might be also from a 20x110 USN.
Can’t find my docs on that one, having too many is a curse…


#4

EOD - Can you put all that into “ammo for dummies” English?


#5

20mm (bullet diameter) by 102mm (case length)
Armor Piercing Incendiary designed to break through armor plate, and to ignite spilled fuels and other flammables
Projectile IE: the part that comes out the business end of the barrel
Driving band, a copper ring that engaged the rifling inside the barrel, to spin the projectile
Ballistic Cap / Wind Cap a thin metal cover, used to reduce the wind resistance. IOW a aerodynamic cover

The one on the left (blue projectile) is close to what yours looked like at one time (blue indicates a target practice loading). You can see the driving band below the white lettering and above the brass case


#6

Alex, you are right, it does look like the core/base of a Mk 13 Mod 0 API projectile for the 20 mm Mk 107 Mod 0 USN cartridge.


#7

Thanks Tailgunner and Fede!

So, the “bullet” component I have is the armor-piercing part of the equation?


#8

Tailgunner,
what is the plinking round at the far right in your picture?


#9

Pivi
2 bore Hubble prototype. Case by Ed, bullet by me. It’s based on the cannon round next to it.

City dweller
That would be correct


#10

Just found the diagram of another variant of this one:


#11

EOD - Wow, that’s it exactly. What an interesting thing to find in a pile of old shotshells.


#12

Right, ammo is a never ending field of interetsing things…