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  • 8x63 Ball


     
    IDnumber87
    Caliber8x63
    Modelsk ptr m/32 prj m/32
    Projectile form-
    Projectile weight14,13 Gram
    Projectile material-
    Projectile typeBall
    Colour markings-
    V0 mpsV25 750 m/s
    V0 fps-
    Propellant-
    Propellant weight Gram3,6 gram
    Propellant weight Grain-
    This is the standard ball ammunition.


     
    IDnumber125
    Caliber8x63
    Model
    Projectile form
    Projectile weight14,2 gram
    Projectile material
    Projectile typeBall
    Colour markingsBlue tip
    V0 mpsV25 750 m/s
    V0 fps-
    Propellant
    Propellant weight Gram3,6 gram
    Propellant weight Grain-
    This blued tip ammunition is of less quality than the normal military ammunition, and is not to be used as war ammunition.


     
    IDnumber170
    Caliber8x63
    Model
    Projectile form
    Projectile weight
    Projectile material
    Projectile typeBall
    Colour markingsBlack belt on projectile
    V0 mps
    V0 fps-
    Propellant
    Propellant weight Gram
    Propellant weight Grain-
    This is a really rare cartridge. It is produced in the Karlsborg factory in 1940 and is loaded with a German B. patrone (Beobachtung Patrone) projectile. Even the color of the projectile follows the German standard pattern, and the projectile is most probably produced in Germany.
    This is an observation cartridge, actually an incendiary explosive. When hitting a target, a built in anvil triggers a small amount of tetryl setting fire to white phosphorus creating a puff of white smoke that can be seen on long distance. There is some good clips on YouTube showing the effects of this projectile when hitting a target.

    From Rude of Åtvidaberg collection.


     
    IDnumber193
    Caliber8x63
    Model
    Projectile form
    Projectile weight14,2 gram
    Projectile material
    Projectile typeBall
    Colour markingsGreen tip
    V0 mpsV25 750 m/s
    V0 fps-
    Propellant
    Propellant weight Gram3,6 gram
    Propellant weight Grain-
    This cartridges has the earlier, green tip of the projectile normally labled "not for automatic rifles". Later it is changed for a blue tip, "only for peace time shooting". This cartridges might of been intended for the rifle m/40, the only non automatic rifle used. I have not yet seen any boxes for the green or blue tipped 8x63 ammunition, so I do not really have any further information if any to be found on a label.


     
    IDnumber219
    Caliber8x63
    ModelE
    Projectile form
    Projectile weight
    Projectile material
    Projectile typeBall
    Colour markings
    V0 mps
    V0 fps-
    Propellant
    Propellant weight Gram
    Propellant weight Grain-
    The steel cased 8x63 is a not so known of in general. As of today there is reported of only one known example, to be found in the Woodin collection in the USA. This case is plain to the sight and only a magnet shows that the case is made of steel. It has a bottom stamp of Amf 31 and is missing both the "E" that would indicate it is made of "Ersättningsmateriel", e.g. steel, and the manufacturing year. Factory code 31 is representing the Svensk Tändsticks AB, Jönköping.

    The general issue I guess is that a werry few really know that it is supposed to exist! The bottom is supposed to be stamped as shown in the educational poster from 1947, a Karlsborg produced case dated 1943 with an letter "E" 12 o clock in the head stamp. But, this is a fact that may not be true in reality, as educational posters has been showing on incorrect bottom stamps before. In one way I thoughts that the persons doing the posters did not have no imagination to make up the head stamp, but on the other hand they were maybe not interested enough to look at and correct real samples and then just going by the handbook.

    The steeled cased 8x63 were indeed intended for training, and the boxes were to be packed as 80 or 85 rounds per box, in a crate of 1000 PCS, no loading clips or belts included.

    The first cases were intended to be produced by Vulcans Tändsticksfabrik, Tidaholm in late 1941 or early 1942. The steel to be found suitable came from Uddeholm AB and were of their brand UHB Forma. The same steel were used for manufacturing 9x19, 8x63 and 6,5x55 cases, but the responsibilities were laid upon different factory per case type. The 9x19 and the 6,5x55 is well known today, so my best guess right now is that the 8x63 production were cancelled and switched for 6,5x55 production instead, a thing that also were made for other planned 8x63 productions at the time. The background is that the 8x63 ammunition were a ammunition for combat and not so often used for training. The stock were built up and not used, while the need for 6,5x55 were not in balance in production capacity. The archive will give me the answer in the future.



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