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Offline Sanqhar

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The "Lion" Pellet No. 3
« on: July 06, 2012, 04:52:32 PM »
I have posted this on another forum and was referred here.

I have been given some airgun pellets.  Please see attached photo.  I think they are .25 calibre

The pellets are so soft you can flatten the "skirt" between your fingers, so I assume that they are lead.

I have been unable to find out anything from Google but have been pointed to the Staffs Home Guard site that gives some historical information re Kynoch Ltd. The reference there says "1929 The name of Kynoch Ltd. disappears and is replaced by ICI Metals Ltd. And the Lion Works becomes Kynoch Works.".  So they possibly pre-date 1929.

One side of the box states:

"Each one of theses Pellets is as carefully made as are the bullets used in the Service Cartridges, and every one is gauged to high and low dimensions within one thousandth part of an inch."

Are they of interest to a collector?  I would be grateful for any information that anyone can give, calibre (.25?), age, value etc.

Would a museum be interested?





My initial thought when I found out they weren't .22 was to give them to a friend to melt down for sea fishing weights!!

tom

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Re: The "Lion" Pellet No. 3
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 05:07:52 PM »
Fishing Weights!!!!!!  :o :o :o  Noooooooooooooooooooooo.  :-\



No3 does indeed refer to their calibre, which is .25 (equivalent to 6.35mm).

No.1 = .177

No.2 = .22

No.3 = .25


As you state, the brand names of Kynoch, IMI (Imperial Metal Industries), and Eley are very closely linked...which is why those pellets look like Eley Wasps.

Yes they are made of lead, the way the pellets have oxidised (some of them showing a gritty white 'salt' like coating), proves that to be the case.

I would suggest they would very much be of interest to a collector, as they are quite a rare pellet/box.........AFAIR, I have never seen a box of those before.

I'll do some sniffing, and post back with more historical info about Kynoch, IMI, and Eley....hopefully so we can pin a (roughish) date on them.  ;)


Thanks for showing us Tom.........and welcome to Planet Airgun..........and PLEASE don't melt 'em down just to dangle in the water!!!!!  ;)

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Re: The "Lion" Pellet No. 3
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2012, 05:37:25 PM »
I just checked in the John Walter book, and from it I quote the following information....

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ELEY

PO Box 216, Witton, Birmingham, England. B6 7BA

Eley was founded sometime prior to 1828 by William and Charles Eley.

It became part of Explosive Trades Ltd in 1918 and then, in 1926, ICI.

Imperial Metal Industries (IMI) was founded in 1962, when ICI was reorganised, and the Eley Ammunition Division of IMI (Kynoch) Ltd regained a measure of independence in 1977.

Here's what Wiki has to say >>>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kynoch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eley_Brothers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Chemical_Industries

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Metal_Industries


I'll continue to search, and if I find out anything more, I'll post it up.


I hope that is of help and interest to you Tom.

atb, Gareth.