Looking for info on this 4 bore cartridge


#1

I bought a box of random 50 cal cartridges from a guy and these were buried in there along with some other random boxes. I know (I think) they are 4 bore rounds but i can’t find any additional info on them. The primer have small protrusions in their centers that may look like divots in the photos. I am sure at least one of them is a lead bullet, the other one has the same casting marks but is bronze in color. I would really appreciate any information on these. Origin, history, value, construction etc…

Thank you!

Billy


#2

Billy, these are Australian 4 bore 4 1/4" nitro cartridges made by Imperial Cartridge Co., Melbourne, Victoria for gunmakers London Guns. Three different bullet loadings were offered, all weighing 2040 grains: solid, copper tubed and hollow point.


#3

Thank you for the information, would these be safe to fire or have they aged into the “conversation piece” stage of life?

Billy


#4

Well I’ll jump in, there is no way those can be very old, maybe less than 20 years at the most is my guess.
But I would not have to GUESS if I was going to shoot one in a gun, it would kick sooo hard I would know for sure I would not do it. Too much pain!!!


#5

While reasonably new production (I would put it at closer to 30-35 years) and probably safe to fire, they would be worth a fair bit.
Although if you happen to have a 4 bore to shoot them through, you can probably afford to shoot these for fun!