30-06 tip colour

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30-06 tip colour

Postby craigt » Tue Jan 06, 2004 8:53 pm

I have two identical cartridges, aquired years apart
from different sources in different countries
h/s DEN 42 with a opaque 8mm yellow tip colour on
the non magnetic GM projectile.
Any ideas????? :?:
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Postby maxq » Sun Apr 04, 2004 12:19 am

The US tip code would suggest that you have observation rounds.
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Postby craigt » Wed Apr 07, 2004 7:41 pm

Thank you very much for your reply, its the first reply to any of the questions I've asked!
I will probably have to get these cartridges xrayed to confirm, Im not keen pulling a projectile
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Postby maxq » Wed Apr 07, 2004 11:46 pm

craigt wrote:Thank you very much for your reply, its the first reply to any of the questions I've asked!
I will probably have to get these cartridges xrayed to confirm, Im not keen pulling a projectile


Good idea, the tip colour yellow denotes HE for some countries in South America i think. Checked my list of military ordnance manufacturers in the States but closest was a DM headstamp, no DEN that i could find.

did you post this msg. on the cartridge collectors. org site ? i have got a few answers from there such as the Brits using green tip to denote AP in WW2 instead of black.
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Postby NZ L1A1 Collector » Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:05 am

It seems a little strange to have a 'DEN 42' stamped 'Observation' round. Here are the standard colour codes

Black: AP
Black/Silver: AP Plate Test
Blue: Incendiary (also tracer from Argentina)
Green: AP from UK, Tracer from Argentina
Green/White: Frangible
Green/Tan: Frangible
Orange: Tracer
Red: Tracer (also some Incendiary from UK, and AP from Argentina)
Silver: Armor-piercing Incendiary
White: Tracer, unfinished Frangible,
Yellow: Observation and Proof rounds (AP from Belgium)

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Supersensitive Explosive; Pomeroy & T99 Observing

Check out this page at the IAA website it all about the different versions of 30.06 ammo with lots of lovely pics.
http://cartridgecollectors.org/30-06intro/
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