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Old 07-12-2020, 10:45 PM
MGMKS MGMKS is offline
 
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Default 303 Enfield No 1 Mark III - New Rabbit Hole?

While headed to the back of the gun cabinet for other reasons - pulled out the 303 SMLE and realized that I knew essentially nothing about it. I have had it for years, shot it occasionally. I reloaded for it years ago. While I would like to know more - I see quite clearly the opening of the rabbit hole. Hmmm.

I know "nothing" but offer:

Pics here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/460642...57715077950867

Quick research shows (I think) I think a batch number without letter - which makes it "old"? - there may be a "D" over the 4 digit number though!

Appears complete - Maybe?

Stamping shows "303B" rather than "303*" - is that unusual?

Links on the internet are pretty messed up. Any really good SMLE sites"

Anyway - my request from my CMP friends:

1. Is this rare or unusual in any visible way?
2. How bad is the rabbit hole?






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Old 07-12-2020, 11:02 PM
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Here is a list of various Lee-Enfield related website links that might be useful for everything from research to gunsmithing or parts; http://www.efdrifles.com/links.php
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:50 AM
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:50 AM
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The date 1916 indicates that it clearly was made (and probably used) during World War I, which lasted from 1914-1918. The other markings on the stock ring - both above and below the date - are original to the rifle's manufacture at Enfield, England.

The inscription: No 1 Mk 3 303B U.K. appears to be an importer mark of more recent times.
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:10 AM
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The date 1916 indicates that it clearly was made (and probably used) during World War I, which lasted from 1914-1918. The other markings on the stock ring - both above and below the date - are original to the rifle's manufacture at Enfield, England.

The inscription: No 1 Mk 3 303B U.K. appears to be an importer mark of more recent times.
Thanks - and Thanks to all the others with such helpful info. Probably just going to clean it up, use from time to time and keep it to go with my aspirational collection of WWI rifles.

I had completely spaced out on the Import Marks, especially as these are more tastefully done than so many others!
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Old 07-13-2020, 10:07 AM
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Thanks - and Thanks to all the others with such helpful info. Probably just going to clean it up, use from time to time and keep it to go with my aspirational collection of WWI rifles.

I had completely spaced out on the Import Marks, especially as these are more tastefully done than so many others!
Good Enfield forum at www.milsurps.com
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Old 07-13-2020, 10:59 AM
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Thanks - and Thanks to all the others with such helpful info. Probably just going to clean it up, use from time to time and keep it to go with my aspirational collection of WWI rifles.

I had completely spaced out on the Import Marks, especially as these are more tastefully done than so many others!
If you ever decide to remove the fore stock from it. Tap Downwards on it from the rear with a mallet or wooden dowel on either side of the action until it is free then remove accordingly.

Pulling downwards from the muzzle area can damage the recoil surfaces directly under the action body in front of the wrist socket.

Make sure to remove the fore-end prior to removing the butt stock for any reason.
The butt stock through- bolt, could be square shaped on the end and protrude through the wrist, into the rear of the wooden fore-end doing costly damage by splitting the fore-end.

They're interesting and good shooting rifles when found in proper order.
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Old 07-13-2020, 02:49 PM
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The Lee Enfield No 4 T sniper is the rifle to own

Most sell for anywhere from 4K to 6K with the box and accessories.

Quite a few put together by Holland & Holland during the war years
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Old 07-13-2020, 05:50 PM
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Yours looks to be in very nice condition! I also reload for my No.1 Mk 3* and enjoy shooting it every so often. Do you have the bayonet for it? It makes a very nice "social distancing" implement!
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Old 07-16-2020, 04:49 PM
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Anyway - my request from my CMP friends:

1. Is this rare or unusual in any visible way?
2. How bad is the rabbit hole?
Nice example of a WWI SMLE.
Go get some .303 and take it to the range.
Good forum for rabbit hole details
https://forums.gunboards.com/forumdi...-Enfield-Forum
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