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Old 02-13-2019, 04:09 PM
Griff557 Griff557 is offline
 
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Default SMLE...first time out

So I picked up a Enfield 1918 SMLE MK III* from a forum member got out to the range for the first time today overall pretty happy with it https://imgur.com/a/RWKU2rg

Iam new to SMLE and am learning as I go I’ll post pics when I get more time but through the little I know and some research I have a few questions

It’s a 1918 MK III* but it has a mag cut-off...well past the date they stopped the mag cut off. I have not stripped the rifle yet so I dont know what year the barrel is but the forend, nose piece,rear sight all match ( rear sight has windage adj again past the date they deleted this) I think the butt stock is early as well due to the cut outs. The bolt does not match and has an early style bolt head with the notch. The trigger guard is early also it has the sling mount rather than just the loop. The rifle looks like it’s been together for some time I realize these things have been through many hands/rebuilds over the years so it’s hard to say what’s what but it seems to have a lot of early parts to be a 1918
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:18 PM
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You are most fortunate! Three shots to get windage adjustment right and then 7/8 in the 10 ring ... Excellent! Lay in a supply of ammo and get ready to have some real fun on the range! Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:42 PM
Calfed Calfed is offline
 
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Great shooting!
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:24 PM
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My first experience with a SMLE was around 1962. It was a Sixteen dollar, Mk1#4 for my birthday. Since it had only a 300 and 600yd peep, we dragged a 55gal drum out to 300yds and fired at the end of it. I recall at least one of the two shots caught the barrel rim high and left. Enjoy your rifle. Good Shooting. ..
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:40 PM
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Nice shooting. I like the spread.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:48 AM
Griff557 Griff557 is offline
 
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So now the dilemma is I want to take the furniture off and strip the shiny tru-oil finish off and put linseed oil on like it should have but Iam a little nervous about getting the rifle reseated and shooting again
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Old 02-14-2019, 02:13 PM
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Quote:
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My first experience with a SMLE was... a Sixteen dollar, Mk1#4 for my birthday.
No offence... But I hate you!
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:23 PM
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Wasn't there a time when one could buy them at a hardware store?
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Old 02-15-2019, 04:54 AM
ceresco ceresco is offline
 
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Around 1962 you could buy British no4s, Argentine Mausers, 1917s, and 1903s at hardware stores. I remember garbage cans stuffed with the .303s. They were $12 and $16. The local Gambles store had long racks of 17s and 1903s. The Springfields were the most expensive, 1917s were $30 IIFC. The hourly rate at union factories was $3.01and gas was 29.9/gal. Williams Gunsight had a paperback manual that covered sporterizing all the common military rifles including the .M1 and Russian M95s. Great time to grow up. Good Shooting. ..

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Old 02-15-2019, 09:49 AM
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This has an Enfield rifle match:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBrx08K_G1I

If you do a google search on
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, make sure there is no one else around.
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