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  • Five rounds from the Service axite and Service cordite were placed in an oven and heated to a temperature of 110° F. for one hour, and were then fired for pressure.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • It is therefore practicable to use axite cartridges giving higher velocities than can be employed with cordite, as with such velocities the latter would nickel the barrel by excessive friction.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • That the effect of temperature on the pressure and velocity with axite is only half that with cordite.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • In order to ascertain the relative heat imparted to a rifle by the explosion of axite and cordite, ten rounds each of axite and cordite cartridges were fired from a .303 rifle, at intervals of ten seconds, the temperature of the rifle barrel being taken before and after each series: --

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • In order to show the accuracy given by axite, seven rounds were fired from

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • The mean velocity of the first series of cordite cartridges was 1,974 ft. per second; the mean velocity of the second series was 2,071 ft. per second; the increased velocity due to the lubricating effect of axite therefore was 97 ft. per second.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • It is understood that axite is at present under the consideration of the British

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • That the deposit left in the barrel after firing axite cartridges reduces the friction between the bullet and the barrel.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • With cordite was 89° F. Difference in favour of axite 18° F. = 20. 2\%

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • The lubricating action of axite is shown by the fact that a series of cordite cartridges fired from a .303 rifle in the ordinary way, followed by a second series, the barrel being lubricated between each shot by firing an axite cartridge alternately with the cordite cartridge.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise


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  • OED



    f. -ax in bonax, primax, names of sporting cartridges manufactured by Messrs. Kynoch (I.C.I. Metals Ltd.) + -ite of cordite.

    A smokeless powder for sporting rifles, composed of strip cordite in which a little of the gun-cotton is replaced by potassium nitrate.

       1904 in Trade Mark Jrnl. 19 Oct.    1905 Kynoch Jrnl. Jan.–Mar. 86 ‘Axite’ Service cartridge.    1919 E. de B. Barnett Explosives 78 Axite‥is practically Cordite M.D. to which 2 per cent. of potassium nitrate has been added.    1921 Blackw. Mag. Dec. 802/2 A high-velocity axite charge.

    August 23, 2010