Rich - your comments are well taken. Many people either do not have the financial resources to build a huge archive of their own, or can’t get around to shows and the like, even though they are very interested in ammunition. Others do not have the burning interest in the subject that some of us do, but they have a right to seek out an answer to any question that they DO have. That is what a forum is for. For the collecting aspects of ammunition, I firmly believe that this is the best Forum on the net to get answers to a question about it. There are other forums that deal much more deeply with reloading, and some other technical aspects of ammunition, but they are not “collector oriented” (and no reason they should be).
I think the general consensus among the folks on this Forum is that all questions asked with a genuine desire for the information are worthy of the best answers they can give.
I look at the spread of nationalities of those active on this forum and think to myslef what a great world it could be if everyone was a cartridge collector! We wouldn’t have a world full of conflict (plenty of argument over ammo subjects, but if everyone agreed with the first answer we would never find out much of anything, would we?).
Thanks for posting those nice photos of your .303 and box. I don’t collect that caliber anymore, but my “love affair” with my four Enfield-type rifles has been ongoing since I was a young child. I have collected various rifle rounds on and off, always going back to my original love of auto pistols and their cartridges, but with all that over 50 years of collecting, I just found out that some bulleted-blank cartridges have powder in the projectile to help them self-destruct for safety reasons. I never knew that before you posted your thread.
I’m a “fast learner.” Took me only 50 years to find it out. :-)