Finnish artillery round?

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Finnish artillery round?

Post by Mikko H. » 27 May 2004 08:13

The following question was presented in an e-mail list I'm a member of. Does anybody know the answer?

A friend of mine recently returned from Finland and brought me a shell casing from the 1939-40 Russo-Finnish War. He said that it was used by Finnish forces, but I know that Finland used weapons from several countries in their war with the Soviets. The casing is 6" long and 4" in circumference for the first 5", tapering down to 4" for the final inch. It has a burgundy colored circle painted around the firing pin. There are two sets of numbers directly opposite from each other outside the circle. One is 184 and the other is 60. does anyone have any ideas concerning the calibre and weapon that was used to fire this shell?

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Post by Zünder » 27 May 2004 08:24

@Mikko: got any pictures ?





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Post by Mikko H. » 27 May 2004 08:30

Unfortunately not. But I can ask the person who asked the question.

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Post by Tony Williams » 27 May 2004 14:08

Is it also possible to obtain more accurate measurements? (those look a bit 'round figure' to me).

If can tell me:

1. The precise case length in mm
2. The inside diameter of the mouth of the case
3. The diameter of the rim at the base.

Then I can probably identify it.

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Here are some Finnish casings

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:04

Some from my collection:

I am going a bit from memory on caliber on at least the first ones as I think these are 120mm??
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120mm

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:06

More
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120mm

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:07

These are of course HUGE so not what you have, but I had them out and wanted to share them. These are wartime.
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For a gun collector - I have some strange stuff

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:08

:D
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76mm

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:09

These are Finnish 76mm
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More 76's

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:10

:o
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37mm

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:11

Here is what I think your friend has - These are 37mm anti tank rounds - which seem to fit the size you mention. Both are wartime
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37mm

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:14

Do not read me as an expert as I am sure the poster above with the site dedicated to these rounds is much more knowledgeable than I. I just have bought these over the years while in Finland - various depots and the like. The 37mm rounds are VERY common at the moment in Finland as I see these for sale often.
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37mm

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:15

These are about the same size as you mention, so again this would be my guess as to what he has. Maybe a real expert will chime in and correct or confirm what I stated.
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Sorry

Post by Tuco » 28 May 2004 20:20

I read your posting again and maybe what he has are not 37mm. As I said this was a guess on my part as this is WAY outside my field. I mainly collect rifles, pistols, tunics, helmets, and the like. Items such as this and grenades is not a focus by any means.

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Post by Zünder » 28 May 2004 22:17

@Tuco,

you're 120 mm cases should measure 155 mmx259 mm.

It's a case for the german 15 cm s.F.H. 18, used by the finns (and germans of course..) during and after WW2.




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