Best way to look after a spent 4.5 shell

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  1. Guys,

    Not sure if this is the right area but i have been given a spent 4.5 shell from one of my WE mates and I intend to have it in my flat but i was wondering should i brasso it or just give it a wipe and leave it be??

    Appreciate any advice


  2. Chuck it out of the window and claim the ship rolled.
  3. (granny)

    (granny) War Hero Book Reviewer

    I presume that you mean a 'shell case' ? Then Bluebell and a load of elbow grease is the order of the day.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2013
  4. Gen dit, Cillit Bang.

    That is all.
  5. Everyone doesn't have to follow in your footsteps you know? :grin:
  6. I use brasso on mine. Maybe once a year or so.
  7. Whatever - just don't let the Pikeys see it.

    Take it to the scrappy yourself!
  8. After the Brasso, put some car wax polish on it. Mine still looks tiddly 8 years since its last elbow greasing.
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  9. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Cartridge case granny?
  10. I like that idea.
    I actually put mine up on a lathe to polish it. But assume most people do not have access to something like that.
    Car wax, nice idea.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2013
  11. I put my six incher in a lathe then turned it down to two inches, now I stub fags out on it...
  12. (granny)

    (granny) War Hero Book Reviewer

    A moot point Seaweed. I always associated cartridge CASE with fixed ammunition. With the separate ammunition we used, I thought a SHELL case. There has been a lot of water flowed under the bridge since my days in the RN so I am happy to be corrected. (That is IF I am wrong, of course... ) :D
  13. I would guess, reading between the lines of the OP's words, that he's talking about about a 4.5" Mk.8 which would make it fixed ammunition.

    Of course, it could be a spent clearing charge... :grin:
  14. What did the mob do with the spent cases, were they recycled?, Cambridge must have got through millions, and there must be a mountain of scrap iron 7 or 8 miles off shore.
  15. When a ship de ammod in Pompey the empty Cartridge cases were taken into Priddys Hard and then transported up country to be recycled and forwarded to a filling station. It would be the same for Cambridge, except the Cartridge cases would be returned to Ernesettle.
  16. After a shoot on a GMD we used to hoof the empties overboard. Woe betide anyone caught wih one.
  17. When I worked on Canberras we used brass starter carts, there was a montain of them next to squadron line. Would be worth a fortune these days.

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