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    Guys,
    Is there a ref for the war office codes stamped / pressed into the lids of the thinner gauge ammo boxes?

    i.e. what would this mean: P60-MG-II-1943
    or this: P60-MPB-I-1942
    or this: R.T. MP C238A Mk1 1945

    At a guess I would suggest that the first part is the box identifier, the second is the description and the third is the manufacture date. What do the descriptions relate to?
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    Default Re: WW2 British Ammunition Boxes - Basic ID

    P60 boxes carry four 25 pdr AP rounds,The C238 carried four 6pdr AP rounds amongst other rounds.
    I would assume you have been on e-bay !


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    Default Re: WW2 British Ammunition Boxes - Basic ID

    There is method in the codes, the P stands for projectiles, C for cartridge, B for bombs etc.

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    Default Re: WW2 British Ammunition Boxes - Basic ID

    Quote Originally Posted by rnixartillery View Post
    P60 boxes carry four 25 pdr AP rounds,The C238 carried four 6pdr AP rounds amongst other rounds.
    I would assume you have been on e-bay !


    Rob..................rnixartillery.
    Indeed, great place to get to know visually what you are looking for. I won't be clicking the buy botton mind....I picked up some parts for the Loyd at the weekend and blew the Christmas money I joke, it was designated 'Carrier Money'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmac View Post
    Indeed, great place to get to know visually what you are looking for. I won't be clicking the buy botton mind....I picked up some parts for the Loyd at the weekend and blew the Christmas money I joke, it was designated 'Carrier Money'!

    Never turn parts away Alastair, they aren't always there to be had !

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    Isn't the makers code in there as well eg- MB = Metal Box Co. ?

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    Thats correct the initials of the manufacturer,most boxes are quite common such as the 25 pdr P59,P60 but there is a small number of boxes that are very hard to find and fetch high prices especialy the wood variety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnixartillery View Post
    Never turn parts away Alastair, they aren't always there to be had !

    Rob.....................rnixartillery.
    LOL Rob but so true, so true I just went back on ebay and bought something I had decided against thanks to your comment..!

    Only wish I had done the same with a CVRT A frame a few years ago when there were dozens of the flippin things around...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnixartillery View Post
    Never turn parts away Alastair, they aren't always there to be had !

    Rob.....................rnixartillery.
    I wish that was an option.... moving value from one hobby to another always gets 'skimmed' by family requirements and at the moment that hobby fund can't be added to from my income, too many bills and other commitments for that money. It only takes a couple of jobs offshore and the coffers are full again but that isn't till March...
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    Default Re: WW2 British Ammunition Boxes - Basic ID

    The British Ordnance Collectors Network forum is a splendid resource. Have a look here:

    http://www.bocn.co.uk/vbforum/thread...-Of-Containers

    edit: Dohh! I see Adrian's already provided a link. Sorry.
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