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#1 BC312

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 03:06 AM

What are the correct markings on a WW2 .50cal side opening metal ammo box sealed with a ringed pin that holds 105 or 110 linked rounds, is it 105 or 110? Anyone have any good war time examples of the markings.

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 03:49 AM

Chris,

Chis bond had some .50 cans,I allways thought ammo cans of whatever caliber were not marked, but when repacked they got marked acordingley!?.

.50 is 105 rds.

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 08:44 AM

I believe Dave is correct. I personally prefere unstenciled cans, although I have seen repacked cans with late 1945 dates.

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 11:22 AM

So basicly your saying they wern't maked at all. I would have thought that they would have been marked to see if the contents had ball and tracer etc. Were there any type of seal on the cans a tag or something apart from the pin and ring.

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 01:46 PM

Yes,same goes for bandoliers,marked = repacked.As for marked with a lable denoting tacer or ball i will give it a educated guess and say yes,may be every 25 rds for .30 and 10 for .50!?[i stand to be corrected].

Edited by bilko, 22 July 2007 - 01:51 PM.


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Posted 22 July 2007 - 02:09 PM

Thanks Dave and Robin, So its a plain unmarked tin box.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 01:42 AM

Might be confusing something else, but isn't there a sticky rectangular label showing the ends of five rounds, one being red, the other ones black, indicating the contents of the can?

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:46 PM

I take it you are talking about the ww2 50cal cal can. Where have you seen these lables any photo evidance or TM pictures?

Edited by BC312, 25 July 2007 - 10:48 PM.



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