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PostSubject: ammunition boxes   ammunition boxes EmptyWed Mar 30, 2016 10:35 am

so not to get off topic in the AMMUNITION CARRIERS thread. were the liners in the boxes like the "spam cans" of modern ammunition? were the wooden boxes, if meant to be reused taken apart and a new "can" put in? or was it just a metal plate placed on the top?
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PostSubject: Re: ammunition boxes   ammunition boxes EmptyWed Mar 30, 2016 11:42 am

The 1887 edition of the "Treatise" contains a dimensioned diagram (as published in the List of Changes) of the then-current Mark XI and XII ammunition boxes.

You can find diagrams and a description of the changes to boxes here. http://www.victorianwars.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=4023
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PostSubject: Re: ammunition boxes   ammunition boxes EmptyThu Mar 31, 2016 12:06 am

thank you once again sir.
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PostSubject: Re: ammunition boxes   ammunition boxes EmptyThu Apr 07, 2016 8:33 am

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the lining was captive within the box and was expected to last the lifetime of the box. The tear off lid sealing opening was separate, with the lid soldered into place. Only that bit was disposable.
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PostSubject: Re: ammunition boxes   ammunition boxes EmptyThu Apr 07, 2016 12:18 pm

thank you sir for the reply. I wonder how many of these failed to function and the opener was left standing there with just a pull tab and a surprised look on his face. what would they do? was someone issued a tool to open these in case of an emergency?
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PostSubject: Re: ammunition boxes   ammunition boxes EmptyThu Apr 07, 2016 12:41 pm

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In October 1878 MkV ammo box had the "sardine can pull" part of what was officially known as the closing plate repositioned and strengthened. (this did not constititue a change of mark)
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PostSubject: Re: ammunition boxes   ammunition boxes EmptyMon Apr 11, 2016 8:57 am

thank you sir for the reply.
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