Egyptian .303 Loading?


#1

I recently got this Egyptian .303. It has a GM bullet, brass case and primer, no visible color markings. Is it a ball load or something else? The odd headstamp has me wondering.



#2

Jon - Arsenal 10, Alexandria. Don’t know when, but suspect it is older than any of the .303s from Shoubra (Arsenal 27). I don’t have one anymore, but as far as I know, it is a ball loading. The “odd marks” are, I think, simply “10” written twice, aren’t they. Not great with Arabic.


#3

Correct, both markings are “10”, but I thought the lack of any other markings might be significant.


#4

Jon - sorry about the double whammy on the other one. I am very tired as have been working on the computer since 8:30 this morning, on my book, etc. and for some reason, I am getting double postings. Must be doing something wrong. You know me and computers.

Aside from unheadstamped clandestine rounds, I can’t think of too many cartridges where a lack of information is significant to the loading. In fact, off hand, I can’t think of any. I think its just they style they chose for that run of ammunition. Doesn’t mean it isn’t something special - maybe the box label identifies it as something other than ordinary ball, but I don’t think the headstamp style would have anything to do with that, frankly.


#5

In the book “Charlie Wilson’s War”, which is about supplying the muj fighting the Russians in Afghanistan, there is a passage describing a tour of an Egyptian factory making new .303. The cases were charged individually with powder by women using the dipper method.