The Adam Park Project


.303 Riflelite Round

Item Information:

Catalogue Number: 07/06/011 Source: TAPP Archaeology Surveys Location: No7 Adam Park Report No: Report No.15 Artifact Type: Ammunition Production Date: 2013-11-01 00:00:00 Dimensions of Item: Rim Dia 13.3mm Base Dia 11.7mm Copyright with The Adam Park Project

Other Description:

Cartridge 07/06/11 was unusual in that it was found with the cardboard tampon still inside. The tampon was located a third of the way up the cartridge unlike the other full rounds and cartridges found on site to date which have the tampon abutting the projectile near the top of the round. Underneath the cardboard were flakes of what best could be described as a substance similar to bees wax.

Historic Context:

The flaked yellow material is most likely Rifleite which was a true nitrocellulose powder, composed of soluble and insoluble nitrocellulose, phenyl amidazobense, and volatiles similar to French smokeless powders. Unlike Cordite, Riflelite was a flake powder, and contained no nitroglycerine

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